Following a successful adoption event in Kelowna, the Embrace a Discarded Animal Society will bring almost 30 pets to Penticton this weekend.
Sunday’s adoption event will take place at PetSmart, and society founder and president Leslie Fee said she hopes the turnout is as good as it was for the group’s Kelowna event in May.
“It was lined up right outside the door of PetSmart,” said Fee. “We brought 59 dogs, and we adopted 42 dogs out.”
Fee said the society will bring approximately 15 smaller dogs and 15 kittens to PetSmart.
“We have 120 applications that have come in since the (Kelowna) event,” said Fee.
Applications filled out at the store will be reviewed on the spot, and an in-person interview conducted. If the society believes the family would be a good fit for the animal it has chosen, an in-home viewing is set up.
“We send a home-checker out to their home, and they have to have a full interview with their family members there,” said Fee.
Most of the animals rescued by the society come from kill shelters that are overcrowded, with many of the dogs coming from California, Fee said.
Her passion for rescuing animals started at a young age, after a six-year-old Fee found a home for an abandoned dog in her neighbourhood.
“I think you just get the buzz,” said Fee. “But I think the real impact was when I was 29 and getting my first dog as an adult. They were shutting down the Squamish SPCA . . . she (the rescue dog) just taught me so much about how they can love you unconditionally, even if they’ve been through a lot. She was with me for another 17 years.”
As Fee grew older and became financially secure, she bought a ranch in 2015 to expand the society, which began in 2012 and now has 460 volunteers.
“A lot of dogs have come through here,” she said. “At the ranch, we’ve probably saved 1,500 dogs.”
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and applications can be completed online at embracesociety.ca in advance of the event.