It was a day for the dogs at the Sit. Stay. Love. pet adoption event hosted by women’s clothing store Anthropologie on Sunday, September 21. Customers to the store’s Merrick Park location were greeted by three rescue dogs and provided with information regarding animal adoptions from the Animal Welfare Society of South Florida, a non-profit animal hospital, and A Way for a Stray, a non-profit rescue dog agency.
“We come to this event every year,” said Renee Bleemer, President of the Animal Welfare Society. “Anthropologie is wonderful to continue inviting us and always encouraging us to bring dogs in.”
The event serves to raise awareness of the services performed by pet adoption and rescue organizations and of the opportunities to foster or adopt animals in need. Now in its sixth year, Sit. Stay. Love. events occur at each of Anthropologie’s 180 locations across the U.S. and Canada.
At the Anthropologie at Merrick Park, customers were invited to bring their own dogs to the event for free grooming and nail clipping services provided by Dog Charm Pet Grooming and Boarding. Nuni Cakes provided dog bone cupcakes and biscuits for the dogs, and there was a wide array of sweets and drinks for their human counterparts.
“We are so excited to be here. This is a great event and gives us good exposure,” said Cristina Butler, co-founder of A Way for a Stray. “We currently have 13 rescued dogs and 12 active foster families, with others that come intermittently. We hope to find happy homes for each of our dogs.”
Valerie Nygren has been fostering dogs with A Way for a Stray for several months and is now the foster parent to Riley, a dog who underwent hip surgery after being hit by a car.
“I’ve seen so many of my friends adopt dogs, then have to give them up because they realize it’s too much of a commitment,” said Nygren, a student in Miami. “I will definitely adopt at some point, but for now, fostering is the perfect way for me to have canine companionship without the long-term responsibility of being a dog owner.”
Linda Thornton swore she would never get another dog after her Jack Russell of 16 years passed away. However, after visiting to A Stray for a Way, she became a foster parent to Lightning, a small, shy Jack Russell.
“I saw her and she just spoke to me,” Thornton recalled. “I had to become a foster parent to her. She’s such a sweetheart. I wish I could adopt her, but my schedule just doesn’t allow it right now. It wouldn’t be fair.”
Rachele Hulsman is the foster parent of Winston, a Mastiff who was extremely malnourished and heartwarm-positive when he was found.
“He’s seven years old and weighs only 60 to 70 pounds. He should be about 130 pounds,” said Hulsman. “He’s been gaining weight since we found him and we are raising money for his heartwarm treatment.”
The Animal Welfare Society received several donations at Anthropologie’s Sit. Stay. Love. event. A few families also requested more information on fostering and adopting their own dogs.
“All in all, it was a great day,” Bleemer said. “We are definitely going to follow up with everyone who expressed interest.”
For more information regarding the Animal Welfare Society of South Florida, contact the organization by phone at (305) 858-3501 or by email at email@example.com. To contact A Way for a Stray, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Animal Welfare Society provides low-cost veterinary care to sick or injured animals for those who cannot otherwise afford medical treatment for their pets. The organization also works with several rescue agencies, including A Way for a Stray, to provide care to abandoned, neglected or homeless animals.
A Way for a Stray is dedicated to caring for and finding homes for neglected, abandoned and homeless dogs in Miami. They are a foster-based organization, meaning that they rely on foster families to provide housing for the dogs before they are adopted.