• By Nina Arias

For Bell’s Sake showcases puppies

Small yelps could be heard from blocks away as For Belle’s Sake Rescue set up crates and dog pita pens. The foundation held an event to increase awareness for adopting animals on Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10 at The Spot. Crowds of people came to engage with the staff and play with the cats and dogs. Dozens of puppies and half a dozen kittens were in attendance and ready for a new home.

For Belle’s Sake Rescue and Rehabilitation was founded by Christian and Shelby Bird. They are active duty military and volunteer their mornings, evenings, and weekends caring for more than 60 dogs and cats rescued from high-kill animal shelters, owner surrenders, or found astray and are waiting for their forever homes. The Birds decided to start the center after they found a critically injured dog in a field that they grew to love. After taking in the dog and giving her the best care, she succumbed to her wounds, inspiring the two to create a place where animals don’t need to suffer.

The facility hosts multiple adoption fundraisers throughout the year to allow the public to see the animals, inform about their other services, and educate on other options besides buying specialty dogs.

According to The Humane Society of the United States, the number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year ranges from 6 to 8 million while the number of cats and dogs adopted is only 4 million. That’s only half of the animals in our shelters being adopted. According to a Human Society study, of those that are adopted, 47% of the dogs are rehomed in a year.

On For Belle’s Sake’s homepage, tips for adopting and keeping animals are provided. They also include a thorough adoption application and explain that there is a great need for volunteers and donations. Because they are a nonprofit organization, they do struggle with making sure they have enough medicine, food, toys, and other essential items for the animals. Currently, they have over 20 cats and dogs available for adoption, sponsorship, or foster care. Leaving the event, I was heartbroken I could not keep one of the weeks-old Labrador puppies, but hopefully the event brought forth a family willing to adopt some animals.

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