Pet lovers get a chance to adopt

By Elizabeth Vowell – email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Around 30 four-legged lives have gotten a second chance thanks to a three day pet adoption drive. The Humane Society of South Mississippi and the Waveland Animal shelter teamed up to showcase more than 100 dogs in need of a good home.

For three days it's been nothing but barking, panting, and tail wagging at the Gulfport Crossroads shopping center.  More than 100 dogs from the Waveland Animal Shelter and South Mississippi Humane Society had a public debut as a part of the Second Chance for Love adoption weekend.

According to organizers, thousands of dogs are euthanized each year because shelters run out of room or can't find permanent homes.  That's why, with the help of Petsmart, both shelters set a goal of adopting as many dogs as possible in three days.

The pet adoption drive is actually part of a national pet adoption weekend.  It gives dogs a chance to meet the public and hopefully find a family.

Organizers said some dogs are more difficult to place than others and can spend months at the shelter, but that's wasn't the case for a lab pup named Jerry.

Andre Payne, New pet owner said, "He's going to be a great dog because he's a lab. And he's going to have to have a lot of attention and I like to do sports like run and ride my bike."

Jerry is one of around 30 dogs that found a new home.  According to his new owner, seeing him was love at first sight.

"I thought he was a cute dog and I just liked him," said Payne.

It took volunteers from both shelters along with help from Petsmart to run the event.  Visitors could get up close and personal with dogs while volunteers answered any questions and handled the adoption papers.

According to organizers there is a fee when adopting a pet. The cost varies with the type of animal, but it always includes vaccines, spaying and neutering, and a tracking microchip.

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