SPRING LAKE — People with pets and some hoping to have pets made their way to the Spring Lake Community House Lawn on Saturday for the first annual Tails of Hope Pet Festival on July 22.
The event was presented by the Tails of Hope New Jersey, a pet adoption organization and the Spring Lake Public Library.
Among the Tails of Hope volunteers at the event was Sandy Guthrie, foster owner of a black and white boxer/pit bull mix named Dixie.
“She’s been with my dog and they get along great,” Ms. Guthrie said of Dixie, who laid in the grass, wearing a yellow strap with the message “Adopt me.” Ms. Guthrie said she had taken Dixie in and bringing her to adoption events in hopes of finding her a new owner.
“It is really important to get dogs out of shelters,” she said. “They do the best they can, but it is not an ideal place for them.”
Two orange signs advertised free rabies shots, giving people another reason to bring their dogs to the event. The Monmouth County Regional Health Commission offered the free shots at their blue table and offered the dogs free treats after the shots.
Kevin Rooney, chief of the Associated Humane Society in Tinton Falls, also attended the event. He spoke about working as a rescuer, finding animals who are abused, abandoned or exploited and getting them to new homes
“That is the goal, all the animals that I rescue and pick up on the road, the best part is to see them get their final home,” he said.
According to Ms. Guthrie, no pets were adopted during Saturday’s event, but many people expressed interest in future adoption.
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