A chance meeting between Bruster’s Real Ice Cream event manager, coordinator Danielle Smith and Friends of the Animal Shelter’s Jennifer Miller while Smith was bringing Doggie Sundays to PetSmart, served as the impetus for opening a dialog about a possible dog adoption day.
What started out as an idea turned into a reality on Saturday as the frozen desert franchise hosted a day featuring seven adoptable friends from the Aiken County Animal Shelter. Bruster’s agreed to donate 10 percent of the proceeds sold during a four hour time frame and to sponsor the adoption fee for the first dog adopted Saturday. FOTAS’ Herbie Brown Dog Waggin, a converted 1979 Airstream trailer with four dog pens, was also present at the event.
“There are so many animals that need a good home, and we can’t save all of them,” said Smith.
Smith is a dog owner, having adopted two stray dogs, both mutts, but with lovable personalities.
“They kind of came into our life by accident,” said Smith. “I’ve never been one to buy a dog or have one bred. I feel it’s the mutts who have homes that don’t appreciate them enough. No one can do all the good in the world, but everyone should do all the good that they can. My hope is that a few of the dogs will find homes today.”
One of the dogs was at Smith’s veterinarian, and the office was trying to find a good home for the animal, and the other dog was supposed to be taken care of for a brother-in-law, but her enderaing personality won over Smith’s family.
Boog is 1½-years old, and Bella is more than 9 months old. Both dogs have made a seamless transition to family life. The two dogs have enriched the lives of Smith’s family.