Sunday, July 28, 2013

Turtle and Yogi, rescues from Waco, get good homes Saturday through Austin Humane Society


Earlier this week FOX 7 aired a story about 30 puppies rescued from a property in the Waco area.
Saturday, two dozen of them went up for adoption at the Austin Humane Society and you, our viewers responded.

People were lined up outside the Austin Humane Society Saturday morning. They were excited to get inside and meet 24 of the 30 dogs recently rescued from the Waco area.

Oriana Rodriguez and Robert Mandujano were the first through the doors. They were watching FOX 7 Tuesday and spotted a pup named Turtle. They knew they had to have him.

"When I saw him he was just so adorable," said Rodriguez. "We wanted a playful dog and he seems very playful."

Since the hound, Labrador retriever and shepherd mixes were rescued, humane society staff have worked to get them all spayed and neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated, de-wormed and treated for fleas and ticks. The dogs are ready to go straight into the arms of a new family.

Employees say this was the biggest community response since animals were displaced in the Bastrop fire two years ago.

"Just to see these families walk in and the kids, their eyes are glowing make contact with the dogs that are looking for their new homes and to see that reunion and that very moment. From that point all the way out into the parking lot when we say goodbye to the dog, it's perfect."

One new pet owner is FOX 7's own photojournalist Andi. She, accompanied by daughter Hailey, adopted two-and-a-half month old Yogi.

"It's great. It's great to see all of this," said Mandajuno.

"I'm really glad that the guys here rescued them from Waco because they're giving him a second chance at life," Rodriguez said.

If you weren't able to make it to the Austin Humane Society Saturday, you still have a chance on Sunday to take home one of the remaining nine dogs. The humane society will be open from noon to five.

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