SOUTHINGTON — Some dogs were shy while others could barely contain their excitement during an adoption day Sunday for canines rescued by a local nonprofit.
“Every time we’re here we get quite a crowd,” said Anna Neumon, who has volunteered for Best Friends for Life Animal Rescue since she adopted her own dog through the organization a few years ago.
The nonprofit focuses on finding good matches. Those seeking to adopt fill out an application and meet with Marina Bagliore, who started the nonprofit with her husband, Tony Bagliore, in 2002. She watches how they interact and will sometimes visit homes before an adoption becomes official.
“We want to make sure a dog is placed in a safe, loving home,” Neumon said.
The adoption days are held once a month outside the Queen Street Petco store. The next one is May 12.
Bristol resident Janet Pasqua was at Petco Sunday to get supplies for her own canine. She is considering adopting her first rescue dog after meeting the Life Animal Rescue volunteers.
“They take it very seriously and they’re very attentive,” she said.
Many of the dogs were rescued from a shelter in Mississippi after being abandoned.
Part of the challenge is finding enough volunteers to foster dogs until they can be adopted.
“The more foster homes we have, the more dogs we can save,” Bagliore said.
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