Leslie Fee, president of the Embrace a Discarded Animal Society at the adopt-a-thon held at the Langley PetsSmart store, with one of 54 dogs from California up for adoption. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

VIDEO: Dog adoption event in Langley draws a crowd

Biggest ever held by Embrace A Discarded Animal Society

People started lining up long before the doors opened for the Embrace A Discarded Animal Society dog adoption event at the Langley PetSmart store at 20015 Langley Bypass on Saturday.

“It’s been absolutely crazy,” society founder Leslie Fee said.

“It’s the biggest event we’ve ever had.”

The society, a registered Canadian charity, brought in 54 small dogs from California shelters that would have euthanized them.

All have been treated at the society Rescue Ranch in Blaine for various illnesses and injuries as well as getting their shots and spayed or neutered “to get them adoptable” Fee said.

Fee said the society has more than 300 applications to adopt, and urged patience on the part of applicants.

“Stay with us, we’ll get to you eventually,” she said.

People who apply to adopt from the society can expect to be screened with a “home study” visit where someone from the society makes sure they understand the unique requirements of a dog that may have been abused, neglected or have serious health issues.

“Some of the dogs are lot more needy than others,” Fee said.

“We try to match the right dogs to the right people.”

The event was expected to run until the early evening Saturday at the PetSmart store on the Langley Bypass, then resume Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday

Nick McFarlane and Christina Palmer came from Abbotsford for the event and left with Kimmy, a shy Formosa Collie.

“We didn’t have a dog, and we thought it just made sense to get a rescue,” Palmer said, as Kimmy snuggled up close to McFarlane, who had already picked her up a squeaky toy.

The society website says it has been involved with the rescue, transport, and re-homing of small breed dogs from California since 2012.

“Approximately 500,000 dogs are euthanized each year in California alone,” it states.

“The dogs who enter these shelters have virtually no chance of being adopted and very little time to survive in a shelter – sometimes only a couple of days. “

Meanwhile, in the Lower Mainland, the society says there is a lack of small dogs in shelters, which means people looking for small breeds or needing a small dog due to strata restrictions and rental rules have a hard time finding dogs locally.

“We transport dogs from very over-populated high-kill shelters in California, or other shelters where needed, to less populated areas, giving these innocent lives a second chance at life—a second chance they very much deserve. “

READ MORE: Langley cat shelter finds homes for 21

READ MORE: Langley fix-a-thon puts a dent in future feral cat population



dan.ferguson@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Christina Palmer and Nick McFarlane adopted Kimmy, a shy Formosa Collie. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Sarah, a seven-month-old Chihuahua, was looking for a home Saturday. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Bradley McPherson still makes his mark, eight years later

Memorial car show spins its tires for murdered man in support of local scholarship

Fort Langley gets set for Summerset

Three-day music festival comes to National Historic Site Aug. 30 to Sept. 1

VIDEO: Nothing but Summer and the Boys of Fall

Langley country musicians Dallas Smith and Chad Brownlee host 7th annual charity golf tournament

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft: RCMP

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Shamrocks headed to finals in Minto Cup at LEC

The lacrosse championships are down to two teams

VIDEO: Facebook rolls out tool to block off-Facebook data gathering

CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the “clear history” feature more than a year ago

B.C. rainbow crosswalk covered in mysterious black substance

Black substance spilled intentionally near Vancouver Island school and difficult to remove

New anti-drone tech deployed at Abbotsford Airshow

Operators could locate drones from up to 23 kilometres away

RCMP originally planned to arrest Meng Wanzhou on plane, defence lawyers say

The allegations have not been proven in court. Meng was arrested Dec. 1 at Vancouver airport at the behest of the U.S.

Ethics commissioner ready to testify on Trudeau, SNC-Lavalin: NDP critic

A new poll suggests the report hasn’t so far hurt the Liberals’ chances of re-election this fall

Inflation hits Bank of Canada 2% target for second straight month

Prices showed strength in other areas, including an 18.9 per cent increase in the cost of fresh vegetables

VIDEO: Organization’s stolen wheelchair van recovered on backroad near Hope

Wheelchair accessible van is only transportation for some people in Hope area

Pregnant teachers fight to change WorkSafeBC compensation rules

Agency does not recognize risk to unborn babies when mother catches illness from work

Most Read