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Animals seek homes at adoption weekend

May 01, 2004|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - CoCo, Patch and Cinnamon stood, sat, wagged their tails and often looked up at customers as they walked by at PETsMART on Friday.

Just down the aisle, four of five cats sprawled out in their own cages, calmly turned their heads and eyed up any movement in the aisle.

The fifth cat, a yellow kitten named Julius, playfully swatted his paws at nearly anything close by.

The dogs and cats were just some of those at the Humane Society of Washington County in need of permanent homes.

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The nonprofit organization had them on display at PETsMART, on Garland Groh Boulevard at the Centre at Hagerstown, for the store's Charities Spring Annual Adoption Weekend.

The adoption weekend will continue today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

"I think it's pretty nice," said Mary Jordan of Falling Waters, W.Va.

Jordan stopped to look at the animals and held a black and white cat.

She didn't adopt a pet because she already had three dogs at home, she said.

She got one of those dogs, a golden retriever, six years ago from an animal rescue organization when the dog was 1 year old.

Carol Galvin, director of operations at the Humane Society, said the shelter has several cats on display at the store during the week, and it brings foster animals in three Saturdays a month.

"We try to pick some animals who haven't had a lot of attention at the shelter," Galvin said. "Sometimes it just takes getting them out and people talking about them."

"It's always better when you can show an animal outside of the kennel," she said.

Star Silva, the Humane Society's foster coordinator, said many people feel uncomfortable going to the shelter because they see the large number of animals that need homes or for other reasons.

"Some people just can't do it," Silva said. "Some people don't even drive by."

The foster program puts animals in foster homes where they are cared for until they are adopted.

Barbie Ginck, placement coordinator for the Humane Society, said the organization receives about 10 to 12 applications when animals are shown at PETsMART.

Silva said the organization has a good relationship with the store.

"We love each other," Silva said.

She said PETsMART provides supplies and equipment to the Humane Society to assist with adoption efforts.

"They just assist us with whatever we need to be here so we can get as many animals adopted out as possible," Silva said.

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