HARLINGEN - Furry puppies and kittens found new homes Saturday during an adoption event held by Tip of Tex K-9 Rescue.
The organization is dedicated to rescuing stray animals and those on the verge of being euthanized at Rio Grande Valley shelters.
This weekend, the group is holding an adoption marathon at Pet Smart, 2317 Dixieland Rd.
Adoptions will continue today from noon to 4 p.m.
About 15 dogs and six cats drew constant crowds in front of the store Saturday. At least two dogs and one kitten found homes.
Dee Labunski, executive director of the organization, said the group holds adoptions at different pet stores across the Valley to give animals a chance to find homes instead of being put down at shelters.
"If we take (animals) from a shelter its because by the time we get them, they've run out of time and will be put to sleep," Labunski said. "We catch all the animals that have no other options."
The weekend adoptions have turned out well, Labunski said, and have gotten a good response from the community.
Adoptions are $70, which covers all the animals' medical needs such as vaccines and spay or neutering, Labunski said.
"There's a lot of really nice (rescued) animals that deserve a chance so why buy one?" Labunski said.
Linda Cheshire from Harlingen was one of the lucky people who walked away with a new kitten.
"I have a love for animals and I especially have a heart for animals that have been homeless," Cheshire said. "If I were a millionaire I would love to have a shelter for animals."
"I'd rather adopt a shelter animal than a store animal because I want to save them. I don't want them to die if I can save them and make their life good."
Nellie Ann Zamora, a volunteer with K-9 Rescue, said she volunteers because "it's something special to know (the animals) are getting a second chance."
Jenny Diaz and her two children stopped to admire the animals while her husband shopped inside the Pet Smart.
"This is great. Instead of the animals being put down, they get to find someone to care for them," Diaz said. "Animals bring you joy and unconditional love. For those who (live) alone it's companionship and for those who have children, it's teaching children to take care of animals."
"Animals have become part of the family," Diaz said.
For information about Tip of Tex K-9 Rescue, visit www.tipotexK9rescue.org or call 956-245-4809.