I only helped out on Saturday but judging from the few dogs remaining on the Toronto Animal Services adoption page, the Petsmart Adopt-a-thon this past weekend was a great success with most of the dogs brought up to the store getting adopted.
Here are some of them.
This Black Lab was spoken for before I even arrived at Petsmart on Saturday morning. I wanted to take a decent photo of him outside before he was brought to his new home but didn't get a chance so here's his prison photo:
I believe this Scottish Terrier was one of the next to get snatched up, this time by one of the store staff. I have to say, the staff were incredibly good with all the dogs, constantly coming around to hang out with them. The customers who came by to look at the dogs were also very good around them. And most of those interested in adoption seemed like they would provide excellent homes. Only a couple of impulse adopters showed up and they were politely discouraged.
Princess, a Chug (Chihuahua and Pug), still remains and that's surprising because most of the small, cute dogs get snatched up pretty quickly. Princess is a bit exuberant but even the toddler who came in and took an instant liking to her had no problems with her on a leash. Unfortunately, his older tweenage sister put up a fuss against dogs in general and the mother decided against the adoption. That's okay. Princess can do without the drama and someone else will come along soon enough.
I thought Bella, a Toodle (Poodle/Terrier?), would be the first dog to go and she had several people interested in her but her adoption didn't finalize until Sunday. Bella's got a demure manner about her that makes her quite adorable. Maybe her personality was drowned out in the noise and excitement at the store but some lucky person managed to get past the din and Bella should now be comfortable in her new bed.
A woman walked into the adoption area with her husband and was immediately attracted to the two Shih Tzus. She asked a bunch of questions about them and after about twenty minutes couldn't figure out which one she liked more so she decided to take one out for a walk. She picked it up out of its cage and brought it up to her face and kissed it. Then she squeezed it and kissed it again.
She was out with the dog for about thirty minutes and was really pleased with their walk and I figured that would be the one she was going to take but she still wanted to spend some time with the other Shih Tzu. Thirty minutes later she came back with the second Shih Tzu and had made up her mind to take them both.
On a side note, for those who expressed some concern about him, I heard that Rufus finally got adopted by a couple in Buffalo. They had seen his profile on Petfinder and had driven up all the way to Toronto to visit him. I'm very happy for him especially since it was getting to point where there was talk of sending him back to Montreal to see if he would do better there.
And speaking of giants, Tyra was at the Adopt-a-thon with her new owners who happened to be taking her the dog classes offered at the store. She's doing great and the owners, who were originally thinking about adopting a Lab when the went into TAS a couple of weeks ago, are overjoyed with her.