I surprised Tim with a trip to the Pet Super Adoption held at the La Brea Tar Pits here in Los Angeles. We went on Saturday, day one of the two-day event.
There were so many city shelters and rescue groups in attendance, and they brought along their most adoptable dogs and cats in hopes of finding them all homes.
Though we’re not yet ready for another dog after losing Jesse, we are keeping our options opened and I knew Tim would enjoy spending a few hours surrounded by dogs. We’re both such dog-people!
There were several food trucks at the entrance to the park and lots of dogs walking around. Tim and I fueled up with delicious banh mi from the Mandoline Grill food truck pictured above on the left.
I didn’t know what to expect and was worried that it might be just a tiny little setup. I was very wrong. It was very well organized with lots of city shelters, rescue groups and vendors in attendance. They had brought with them over 1,200 dogs and cats. As much as I enjoy being around dogs and seeing them all, it was sad and bittersweet knowing that all these wonderful animals were in danger of not finding homes and possibly losing their lives. I tried to focus on the positive such as the fact that there were so many people in attendance and that even one adoption is a big victory.
It was a hot, sunny day and I was pleased to see that almost all the dogs were under tents or in the shade, with plenty of water, fans and volunteers around. You could tell it was a long dog for the animals and some looked tired and worn out. However, others were excited and happy whenever anyone went up to say hi to them. I must have “talked” to and petted dozens and dozens of dogs. Most were very friendly and eager for the attention. The dog above laid down and insisted that I pet her snout as she licked my hand.
The city shelters had dogs of all breeds and sizes, though as expected, they had a lot of pit mixes and pit bull type dogs as well as chihuahua mixes. Breed-specific rescue groups were also represented, and we spotted organizations for German shepherds, border collies, Shih Tzus, Boston terriers, bulldogs, dachshunds and, as pictured above, pugs.
It was hard seeing all the animals in need, but it was great seeing so many dedicated volunteers and I know that these two days will change the lives of some of these dogs forever.
I only snapped a few photos with my phone. I was too busy saying hello to all the slurpy tongues and waggy tails. I hope they do this again and that the number of adoptions increase each time until maybe, one day, events like these won’t be necessary anymore.