SOUTHINGTON — Families were able to give rescue dogs a new home during Companion Pet Rescue’s weekend adoption drive.
“As soon as we saw her, we knew that’s the one,” said Sam Bevivino, of Bristol. She adopted Henley, a one-year-old Shepard-Labrador mix.
Bevivino and her boyfriend were looking for a dog “who likes to cuddle, somebody who’s energetic,” she said. “It’s just nice to come home and have someone happy to see you.”
“We had a very successful weekend,” said Kat Bivona, Companion Pet Rescue’s foster coordinator. They started the weekend with 35 dogs on Friday and by Sunday morning were down to five. While their Friday drive was in the nonprofit’s hometown of Southbury, they brought their dogs to the Southington Petco’s National Adoption Weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
With the ordeals many of the dogs go through, Bivona said it’s “the most rewarding feeling” when they finally find a permanent home. The dogs are rescued from euthanization centers and pounds in Tennessee, where there are a large number of strays and abandoned dogs, and brought north to local canine foster homes.
When one family asked about the background of the dog they were interested in, Bivona said they believe it was dropped off on the side of a road and left behind. Many of the rescues from euthanization occur at the eleventh hour, Bivona said.
“Saving a life is very important,” said Kate Kelly, of Watertown, while her family weighed adopting Cleopatra, a hound mix they felt would be perfect for their Lhasa Tibetan Terrier, Licket.
“We’re looking for somebody for our dog Licket, because he needs a friend,” Kelly said. The two were already getting along and Cleopatra fit right into their search for an eccentric, but easy going dog.
“They’re better than people most of the time,” Kelly said. “They’re loyal, they’re loving, they make you feel better.”
Kristin Crosswait, of Naugatuck, was volunteering her weekend matching dogs with families for the first time after she met her dog through the nonprofit in March.
“What drew me is knowing the fact that no one wanted them,” she said. “Somebody needs to adopt them, they need to find their forever home.”