National Adoption Weekend sees driving to animal shelter and large pet store


The Laredo Animal Protection Society and Petco invite current and potential pet owners to adopt a pet during National Adoption Weekend.

The event, which kicked off on Friday, will give individuals and families the opportunity to meet their potential new canine or feline partner before signing adoption papers.

The weekend can provide a greater chance for pets in need of a new home and reduce the number of pets within LAPS and Petco to accommodate more pets.

The weekend is organized in conjunction with the organization Best Friends, which began as a sanctuary for homeless and special needs animals 35 years ago. According to their website, they ended the slaughter of 17 million dogs and cats that were dying each year in shelters across our nation at that time.

“In 1984, the founders of Best Friends promised each other and the animals already in their care that they would build an animal sanctuary in southern Utah, where they could devote their lives to sheltering and researching homes for unwanted animals while advocating the importance of no-kill,” says the Best Friends organization. “At that time, shelters across America routinely killed cats and dogs as a primary method of control of the pet population. There was no national voice to end the slaughter.

“However, as the founders began to expand the reach of Best Friends, they quickly learned that others would support them. More than 30 years later, they have inspired others across the country to take on the role of the ban on killing and have contributed to a 91% reduction in the number of animals killed in shelters.

According to LAPS, they also need community support to foster puppies and long-term dogs.

Additionally, LAPS also offers microchipping clinics that provide the service for $10. The next ones will take place on July 27 and 31.

June was National Pet Fostering Month and is dedicated to promoting pets across the country to share information and raise awareness of the benefits of fostering animals. According to Petco, fostering opens up extra room in your shelter or local shelter to help even more animals. It also allows the animal to get used to family life and takes it away from the stress of a shelter.


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