BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Several unwanted furry friends are now enjoying their new homes. Petsense in Biloxi held an adoption and donation day to help some of the pet and wildlife rescue organizations from across the Coast.
Kissing an opossum was just the challenge that helped many families warm up and even donate to the Wild at Heart Rescue that rehabilitates sick and injured wildlife. The organization teamed up with Petsense in Biloxi to get these animals some exposure. Friends of Jackson County Animal Shelter Pets were also out urging people to adopt.
"All of our dogs are fostered and rescued from the Jackson County Animal Shelter in Gautier. The shelter is full to capacity. There are unwanted animals across the Gulf Coast, not just at our shelter, and a good home helps save their life," said Friends of Jackson County Animal Shelter Pets member Judy Parsley said.
The adoptable dogs were so adorable, Nicole Baker and her kids had to stop and take a look.
"Animals like these don't end up finding really good homes, and they are great animals. They actually have the best gene pool possible, because they don't have the bad traits that other animals that are full blooded do, so they end up being the best animals you can have," said Baker.
Parsley agrees and was excited to see several people decided to provide the animals with a new home.
"This weekend, we had three dogs adopted and two cats were adopted. This is a really good day for us," Parsley said.
Parsley hopes that adoption numbers will continue to grow, because unwanted animals need lots of love.
"They are just so grateful. You actually see the gratitude when these animals go into a new home," said Parsley.
The Friends of Jackson County Animal Shelter Pets is hosting a bowling event to raise money and also help get more unwanted pets adopted.
The fundraiser will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, at Spanish Trial Lanes in Gautier from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. To buy tickets, call (228) 327-5063.