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February 14, 2014

Begging to be picked

150 cats and dogs up for adoption this weekend

TERRE HAUTE — Eve and RC Fears fell in love the moment they saw Nike’s face.

“She stole our hearts, that’s for sure,” Eve said as she finished the process of adopting Nike, a pug-Chihuahua, during the PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend, an event that kicked off Friday — Valentine’s Day.

And they were attracted to one of Nike’s distinctive qualities.

“We just loved his little square face,” Eve said. “It was just adorable.”

The couple first noticed Nike in its cage, which initially put its head down, Eve said. Then RC picked it up, “put her head on his shoulder and just cuddled,” she said.

“We knew she was our baby,” she said affectionately. So they decided to take Nike back to their Terre Haute home.

The couple arrived at the adoption event’s venue, pet supply retailer PetSmart, at Towne South Plaza on U.S. 41 South, just a few minutes before it began at 2 p.m.  They spent about an hour and a half looking at other dogs before finding the perfect match with Nike, a name they decided to keep for their new family member.

The PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend continues today and will end on Sunday inside PetSmart.

 “Whether you are looking for a relaxed, cool cat or a youthful, energetic puppy, you’re bound to find the perfect match,” according to a release.

The goal for the weekend is to find good homes for about 150 cats and dogs, said Gordon Simpson, store manager of PetSmart’s Terre Haute location.

Pet adoption fees are from $10 and up, Simpson said. The animals have received all of their shots and, unless they are too young, have been spayed or neutered, he added.

Cats and dogs from Humane Society of Sullivan, Parke-Vermillion County Humane Society, Terre Haute Humane Society and Dog It Dig It Rescue — where Nike came from — are available for adoption this weekend. They come in all sizes, breeds and ages.

PetSmart Charities, a not-for-profit organization, will also reward participating humane societies with a $35 in adoption-reward grants for every pet adopted during the event.

More than 2,000 “matchmakers” (animal-welfare organizations) are on site this weekend at all 1,300

PetSmart stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico during National Adoption Weekend, according to a release.

“PetSmart Charities is making a tremendous impact on pet homelessness and individual lives through National Adoption Weekend events,” said Jan Wilkins, executive director of

PetSmart Charities, Inc. “We know that adopting pets not only saves their lives, but it makes our lives better, too.”

Over the last year,

PetSmart’s Terre Haute location has consistently ranked among the top 10 PetSmart stores in the country that had record number of adoptions. Last February, 153 animals found homes during the adoption event at the store. In November, the location placed second with 183 adoptions, Simpson said.

This weekend, Simpson invites Wabash Valley residents to come in and adopt a furry friend, just like Eve and RC Fears did.

“Hopefully, they [the animals] find a new furever home,” Simpson said.

Tribune-Star Reporter Dianne Frances D. Powell can be reached at 812-231-4299 or dianne.powell@tribstar.com.

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