Five playful puppies wrestled each other in a pen at the Petco store in the Bridgehampton Commons on Sunday afternoon. Some sported just a collar and a happy face, while others wore colorful bandannas tied around their necks, emblazoned with two words: “Adopt me!”All of those puppies—Abba, Oreo, Neena, Monty and Diego—were just a handful of the many dogs Sweetest Dog Rescue has available for adoption. Starting last week, the organization will hold adoption events every weekend at the Bridgehampton Petco, either on Saturday or Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m., alternating those days with the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, which also holds weekend adoption events at the store.
Sweetest Dog Rescue applications can be filled out on the spot and, once the applicants are cleared, the dogs can be taken home the same day.
A Suffolk County-based nonprofit organization founded last year, Sweetest Dog Rescue partners with several shelters and local outreach groups to find families for homeless dogs. Many of the dogs come from the South, rescued from high-kill shelters where they otherwise would have been destroyed. The organization is foster-based, so all dogs stay at foster homes during the week and then are taken to adoption events on the weekend. Liz Bucalo, a volunteer, estimated that there are between 30 and 60 dogs available for adoption through the organization.
The adoption fee for dogs 6 months and under is $350, while the fee for dogs older than that is $250. All dogs are spayed or neutered and undergo extensive veterinary care to ensure they are healthy before being sent to live permanently with families.
Ms. Bucalo said Sweetest Dog Rescue is always looking for volunteers not only to help at adoption events, but also to provide short-term fostering for the dogs.
“It’s a great, great way to have fun and have a variety of animals and save lives. That’s the most important thing,” she said, adding that Sweetest Dog Rescue will hold its adoption events “from now until there are no more homeless dogs.”
Adoption forms, along with photos of all the dogs available for adoption, are available at sweetestdogrescue.com.