Summertime is a great time to adopt a new dog or kitten since the kids are out of school and families usually have a little more time to help a new family member get adjusted to their new home. Come to PetSmart on Saturday between 10AM and 3PM during the adoption event to see all of the sweet faces needing new homes.

Adopting from a rescue is a great way to get the best match for your family. When you get to PetSmart in Texarkana on Saturday, the first thing you'll notice is the dog rescues are set up in the front of the store with their available to adopt dogs. If you are looking to adopt a cat or kitten, head to the right side of the store and about halfway down you will see the cat room. The cats and kittens are visible through the glass display. The volunteers are usually in the cat room and can help you chose the right cat for your family.

Puppy and kitten season is still in going strong. Just this past Monday a momma cat and her 3-day old babies were taken to the shelter after they had been found in a gunny sack, tossed out on the road. So many are born and dumped at the animal shelter every day. Our local rescues pull these animals out and get them healthy and vetted before they put them up for adoption. Many of those kittens, puppies, adult dogs and cats will be available for adoption at this event. If you do not see what you are looking for, ask one of the rescues if they can direct you to the rescue that has that type of dog.

When you adopt a new pet during the adoption events at PetSmart, you receive free samples of dog food and cat food as well as coupons to save on collars, leashes, food bowls and more to get your pet ready for its new life with you.

All sizes and breeds will be available for adoption during this event--from cute little fluffy dogs to big dogs. The Texarkana Animal League along with several other rescues will be at this event with their foster dogs that are ready to be adopted into new homes.The process starts with an application to adopt. Adoption fees vary for each rescue. There are always plenty of pets to adopt from local rescues and our local shelter so please spay and neuter your pets

There will be a variety of dogs looking for homes. You will be able to ask the rescues about the personalities of the dogs and find one that fits your family. Some of the rescues will let you try the dogs out in your home for a short period of time to make sure the transition goes smoothly. There are also volunteers in the cat room who can tell you about the cats' personalities and there is an area where you can sit and visit with the cats.

All of these animals are current on their vaccines and have been spayed or neutered; many are even microchipped. Occasionally, puppies have been vaccinated, but not yet spayed or neutered. In these cases, a sterilization agreement is required as part of the adoption contract.

Texarkana Animal League (TAL) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit run by a group of volunteers who are dedicated to improving the welfare of animals in our community.

Event info:

  • PetSmart, 117 Richmond Road Ranch, Texarkana, Texas
  • Saturday, July 16
  • 10AM to 3PM

For information about dogs that are available through local rescues, visit these Facebook pages or find them on Petfinder. Not all of these rescues will attend the adoption event but you can contact them to get information about their dogs: Little Paws RescuePassion for Pooches, Texarkana Animal League, Muttley Crew German Shepherd RescueArkLaTex Cocker Spaniel Rescue and Boxer Rescue of Texarkana.

Please consider adoption before buying a puppy or kitten. Adoption fees and donations will help the rescues in the care of their rescued animals as well as Texarkana Animal League's community outreach programs such as a low-income spay/neuter assistance program, rescue assistance program and foster care program.

TAL's belief that all animals are deserving of life, respect and care. TAL provides the shelter's animals with all of the necessary vaccinations and medications from funds raised throughout the year. Their low Income spay/neuter assistance program has spayed and neutered more than 1,000 animals in the community in addition to hundreds of animals that found homes through TAL's foster care program. To learn more about TAL visit its website or call 1-877-525-4825.