The sound of barks ranging in pitch could be heard outside the Unleashed by Petco store in the Plaza Pacifica shopping center Saturday morning. An adorable, outgoing six-year-old bulldog/boxer named Pirate was standing guard with tail wagging and a smile equipped with a large, pink tongue ready to lick the next passerby.
Pet Place International, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing dogs, cats and horses, paid a monthly visit to the store to encourage adoption of shelter dogs who just escaped euthanization.
The mixed breed dogs could be seen (and heard) throughout the parking lot happily making their presence known with a lick and bark to friendly strangers passing through.
The group works with city shelters to make the adoptions affordable, Pet Place volunteer Joan Grandizio explained.
“The dogs come with shots, are microchipped and if they are not spayed or neutered, they received that treatment as well,” she said.