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Humane Society of Washington County holds adoption party

'Every animal deserves to be wanted'

'Every animal deserves to be wanted'

November 14, 2009|By MARIE GILBERT

HAGERSTOWN -- To say that Hooper was doggone cute was an understatement. And he seemed to know it, showing off for anyone who passed his way.

He was looking for a playmate. He was looking for attention.

But, mostly, Hooper was looking for a home.

Part shih tzu, part schnauzer, the black-and-white year-old dog was among the animals that attended a pet adoption party on Saturday at Central Dawgma on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The animals were provided by the Humane Society of Washington County.

The purpose of the event was twofold, said Julie Draper, the society's adoption promotion coordinator.

"We're hoping the animals we have here today will find forever homes," she said. "At the same time, we want people to be aware of who we are and to consider us when it comes time to adopt a pet."

Anshul Gupta, owner of Central Dawgma, said he was more than happy to host the party.

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"It's important for the animals to get some exposure outside of the shelter, for people to meet them up close and see their personalities," he said. "The Humane Society has an open door for adoption events at any time."

Gupta said he and his wife own two cats and four dogs, including a blind Siberian husky, and all either were found or adopted.

He also has been a foster "parent" to animals and has had about nine dogs adopted out of his house.

"I believe every animal deserves to be wanted," he said.

In addition to the animals, the event featured music by local musicians Maya and Todd Haines of Dogfoot and artist Ashley Pennesi, who offered pet caricatures.

Donations of pet supplies also were being accepted.

Draper said the Humane Society prefers doing small events such as Saturday's pet adoption party.

"It gives us an opportunity to focus on some of our special-needs animals," she said. "Kittens and puppies are almost always adopted quickly. We want all of our animals to have a chance to be loved."

Draper said many people attend adoption events, but don't always find the animal they have in mind.

"When that happens, often they go straight to the shelter," she said.

Draper said the Humane Society is more than dogs and cats. The roll call also includes roosters, rabbits and an occasional iguana. A few weeks ago, they had sheep, which were adopted.

"We receive a lot of support from the community," she said. "And we're fortunate that so many of our animals are adopted. But more are always coming in. And we'll continue working to find them good homes."

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