By Shawn S. Lealos
While many people look for dogs and cats at local pet stores, it is preferred by many in the animal community to seek out shelters and pet adoption events first. The reason for this is that reports indicate that shelters euthanize 2.7 million dogs and cats because few people consider seeking out shelters for adoption purposes when it comes time to find a new pet. In the DFW area, there are events all year long that promote pet adoption and bring some of the most loveable dogs and cats out with the intent purpose of finding them a home. Here is a look at some of the best upcoming pet adoption events in the DFW area heading into Christmas 2017.
27th Annual Home for the Holidays
8687 North Central Ave.
Dallas, TX 75225
Date: Nov. 13 to Dec. 23, 2017
The SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) of Texas is the leading agency in North Texas for animal welfare and has two shelters in the Dallas and McKinney areas. They also have year-long programs to promote the adoption of pets in the DFW area. From Nov. 13 through Dec. 23, the SPCA of Texas will hold their 27th annual Home for the Holidays event. This takes place at NorthPark Center and the SPCA hopes to find homes for dogs and cats as well as work to raise money for their organization. On top of the adoption event, there will also be an auction for 20 custom-made dog houses to raise money for the organization made by TEXO and the American Institute of Architects.
MuttNation Adoption Center Grand Opening
MuttNation Adoption Center
202 Cannery Row
Lindale, TX 75771
Country music superstar Miranda Lambert is from the DFW area, and while she now makes her home in Nashville, she works hard to still give back to her local community. Part of her work with the community is the development of her MuttNation Foundation. According to Lambert, she started volunteering at local shelters years ago and has used her fame and finances to help set up the foundation to help rescue animals and find them homes. The MuttNation Foundation is building a brand-new adoption center in Lindale, Texas, and they announced that they are starting a huge adoption drive in the second half of November and running through the holidays.
November Starbucks Adoption Event
5960 West Parker Road
Plano, TX 75093
Date: Nov. 25, 2017 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Paws in the City is an organization whose mission is to help stop overpopulation, neglect and abuse of dogs and cats in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The organization in 2015 took in 26,407 dogs and cats and only adopted out a total of 8.424 of them while redeeming 1,711 back to owners. The goal is to save more lives, as over 200,000 pets were euthanized every year in the DFW area. Paws in the City will have a pet adoption event in Dallas on Nov. 25 at the Starbucks on West Parker Road. The event is weather permitting but it will give pet lovers a chance to find a new baby for their home.
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Hollywood Feed Grapevine – Adoption Event
129 South Main St., Suite 105
Grapevine, TX 76051
Date: Dec. 2, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Grapevine, Texas, is the location of the Hollywood Feed adoption event at the start of December. Hollywood Feed is a local holistic and natural pet specialty store that has served the DFW area since 1950. The store advertises that they work hard to improve the lives of pets regardless of where they are sheltered. Throughout the year, Hollywood Feed offers a number of pet adoption days in association with Dallas Pets Live, inviting everyone out to meet their adorable puppies looking for a home. Many of these pets were already passed over by many other DFW groups and local animal adoption programs.
Unleashed Park Lane Adoption Event
8180 Park Lane
Dallas, TX 75231
Date: Dec. 3, 2017 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
Unleashed by Petco is offering a huge adoption event at the Petco on Park Lane. While Unleashed offers some great shopping opportunities for pets and their owners, they also work with local shelters to promote adoption and deliver homes to loveable pets. Much like hte event at Hollywood Feed, this is another DFW pet adoption event that works in association with Dallas Pets Alive. If anyone is looking for a great new dog or cat for the holidays, this is one of the best times to find one in the Dallas and Fort Worth area.
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