We held our “Poodle Invasion” adoption events at PS9 Pet Supplies NY on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. (With the help of a dedicated team from South Korea, we saved these 12 adoptable adult poodles from a high kill shelter in Jinhae, Korea.)
On May 24, our NYC team – Gina Lori, Erika Cabrera, Sue Dao and her daughter – anxiously awaited for the poodles to arrive at JFK Airport’s cargo. Once the poodles arrived, our team unloaded them from their crates to a safe area to inside a pen. Then our team gave food, water and lots of love to each poodle. The poodles were friendly and affectionate from the moment they stepped out of their crates. One word could sum up their feelings: grateful. And our team felt honored to help them get started with their new lives in NYC!
On the morning the adoption event’s day 1, (May 27- Memorial Day Weekend), our team wondered how many people would stop by as most go out of town for a brief vacation. To our surprise, a small group of potential poodle adopters arrived at 9:30am. PS9 Pets did not open until 11am! Our adoption team arrived an hour early and saw a group of people crowded outside the door and to our surprise, even people eating brunch at the sidewalk café asked us if these were the Korean dogs for adoption! And it had begun, an endless flurry of excitement starting with questions, getting-to-know-you walks, and lots of hugs and cuddles. The poodles who were deprived of affection and human interaction in their previous life at the shelter absolutely enjoyed every single cuddle and warm hug! It was heartwarming to watch. Our volunteers handled the poodle introductions and dog walking with the adopters. They also explained every step of their journey and what it would take to transition them into a new wonderful life! These poodles were treated like royalty and the look in their eyes showed curiosity and excitement. There was no fear because they knew they were finally among friends and admirers! At the end of the day, the team was wrapped up taking applications and conducted home visits for six of the poodles we felt were good matches for their humans!
Day 2 (May 28) started a bit later but much of the same crowds and continuous foot traffic as the previous day. Whenever our team thought it would settle down to four or five visitors, another surge of eager adopters would come in and fall in love with these poodles. Our event had been announced on NYC ABC news that Sunday and gave another surge of poodle fans! Our team officially accepted 27 physical applications and over 50 online applications. It made it tough to select the right adopters for our dogs but our team discussed whom we felt was the best fit for each poodle based on their needs! At the end of Day 2, all home visits had been conducted, references checked, and all 10 poodles had been placed in loving homes. We salute our foster moms and dads: Enid, Dave, Gillian, Lindsey, Gideon, Erika, Sue, Jeremy, and Melissa for caring for the poodles before they went to their forever homes. We also thank our volunteers for giving their all during this grueling event: Beat, Erika, Sue, Trang, Meeka, Eileen, Enid, and Gina. We could not help these poodles on their journey home with our wonderful supporters. Thank you PS9 Pets in lovely Williamsburg, Brooklyn for your support of rescue!
– Article by Tina K.