FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – It’s Waggin’ Wednesday and the Humane Society of Broward County is inviting South Floridians interested in adoption to come out and adopt a dog at half off the adoption price.
Officials tell CBS4 News that at the 8:30 p.m. closing time, two dozen dogs had been adopted out to loving homes. The shelter expects more adoptions to take place on Thursday.
Dogs up for adoption also include any of 47 dogs who escaped the wrath of Hurricane Irene when it battered Puerto Rico.
The dogs arrived in South Florida Tuesday and were previously at a shelter in San Juan operated by Save a Sato, which rescues animals on the island. After cleaning them up and giving them necessary vaccinations, the shelter works with organizations in the U. S. to find the dogs homes.
Due to the extensive damage the shelter received from flooding and wind on Tuesday Save a Sato put the dogs on a plane bound for South Florida.
“Because of the hurricane and the damage that they sustained this will give them an opportunity to make the repairs to their shelter that’s needed and then to help more animals probably that are going to be coming in as a result of the hurricane,” Cheri Wachter of the Humane Society of Broward County said.
After their arrival at Miami International Airport, the dogs were taken to the Humane Society of Broward County. The Humane Society has worked with the shelter in the past.
“The dogs are going to be a little friendly,” Wachter said. “They’re going to be a little dirty, I’ll tell you that, and healthy. Once they get here, our clinic staff will check them out and make sure they’re friendly and healthy before we place them up for adoption.”
The dogs were given time to rest and eat, and some, if not all are available for adoption just in time for Waggin’ Wednesday, where adoption is half off the existing price.
Many said they saw the dogs on the news and were drawn to the shelter.
“I’m thinking about it,” one prospective adopter said. “I think I’m going to take him to the back and look at him.”
Others have a specific breed in mind.
“I’m hoping I can have an opportunity to adopt a puppy,” said Steve DiSalvo, “preferably a boxer…They’re cute.”
The dogs range in age from eight months to three-years-old, with many different breeds.
“Really, what they need are families that are willing to give them loving homes,” said Wachter, “not just for a short period, but forever.”
If you are interested in adopting a pet, visit the shelter located at 2070 Griffin Road, just a block west of I-95. The adoption desk opens every day at 10 a.m.