SUWANEE — Still new to fostering rescued dogs, Alexander Coston and Whitney Arp looked for new homes Saturday for their chihuahuas, Rosalita and Francisca.
The dogs were among several up for adoption outside Pooch N Paws in Suwanee where Alpharetta-based Angels Among Us Pet Rescue held its monthly event. Established in 2009, Angels Among Us Pet Rescue is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in North Georgia.
The event was a first step, or introduction, to new owners adopting a pet. After an application is submitted, there are veterinarian checks and home checks with the whole family and other pets in the home.
Among the dogs at the event were Brena, a 2-year-old black lab, Abree, a 1-year-old playful female lab mix possibly with a Dalmatian, and Kapow, a friendly 2-year-old.
Coston called it an obligation to help dogs in need.
“If we could, we would foster children,” he said. “We have an opportunity to give.”
They’ve fostered dogs for about three months, and Arp said she appreciated that Angels Among Us Pet Rescue is volunteer-based, so money goes directly to help the animals.
While they were rescued from the same owner, Arp said her foster dogs didn’t necessarily need to stay together because they play well with their other two dogs.
“It would have to be a special situation,” Coston said. “And to be honest, finding special situations is less prevalent than finding a situation that would best suit the individual dog.”
As of Aug. 1 last year, the organization had rescued more than 9,000 dogs and cats. Arp said the organization rescued more than 2,500 in 2015 alone. Most of these animals came into the program from high-kill animal control facilities throughout Georgia.
Ellen Stanley of Angels Among Us Pet Rescue said the four-hour event had already counted seven or eight adoptions about halfway through, saw steady foot traffic, and would have been a success if even one animal was adopted.