Animal Care Services Holds “My Furry Valentine” Adoption Event

Raymond Rivera and Tina Sanchez showed up at the Corpus Christi Animal Care Services Center on Saturday with one thing in mind: adopt a dog.

The couple spent nearly an hour walking up and down the cold concrete dog shelters and petting all the furry friends they could before making a decision that surprised them all.

Tina Sanchez greets two dogs at the Corpus Christi Animal Care Services Center on February 12, 2022.

Having failed to find the right dog for them, they instantly fell in love with a kitten named Rocky.

“He’s so friendly,” Sanchez said. “He befriended us very quickly, so we fell in love with him.”

Rivera and Sanchez were among the Coastal Bend residents who attended the shelter’s “My Furry Valentine” adoption event on Saturday afternoon.

“We came here because we feel bad for the animals,” Sanchez said. “They’re in these little kennels with no one to love.”

The holiday event was designed to encourage the public to save an animal in need. Dog adoptions were reduced from $25 to $14, while Coastal Bend Cat Rescue sponsored all cat adoptions.

Betty, a German Shepherd mix, patiently awaits her forever family at the Corpus Christi Animal Services Center on Saturday, February 12, 2022.

“We always try to encourage people to come to the facility and adopt,” said Vanessa Scarbrough, the shelter’s field supervisor. “Knowing where some of these animals come from, it’s great to see them finding new homes.”

Those who adopted a pet from the event received a Valentine’s Day craft consisting of a Woof Pack player and a Valentine’s Day heart with treats and/or toys for their new pet from company.

Amanda and Stanley Tschoepe play with a protected dog at the Corpus Christi Animal Services Center on February 12, 2022.

Saturday’s event marked the first of its kind for the shelter, but it won’t be the last.

“Right now we have these events scheduled around the holidays, but we’d like to get to a point where we can do big events on a regular basis,” Scarbrough said.

Residents looking to adopt can visit animal care shelters Monday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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