2/21 (Sunday) Adoption Event Update

An adoption event was held on Sunday, February 21st at GREEN DOG SQUARE in Kobe. The room we rent, Curio, was decorated with the photographs of GREEN DOG customers' dogs. The walls were covered with adorable pictures, and the event turned out to be a great opportunity for visitors checking out the photographs to learn about ARK as well.

The adoption event was a great success, with the space being at full capacity throughout the day with visitors donating supplies and money and coming out to show their support. Dogs that had been adopted from ARK and dogs that were not from ARK both came to hang out as well, so that you couldn’t even tell who was there to adopt a dog and which dogs were looking for homes!

Now let’s meet the stars of the event...

Like a true puppy, Campari is energetic and playful.
She was making her rounds displaying her freshly-mastered "sit" and receiving plenty of treats.
But when she happened upon someone without a treat to reward her with, she would quickly lose interest and walk away. That attitude is not going to win over hearts, Campari!

At 3 months old, Pernod was the youngest pup to attend the event.
The previous day, on a walk with a prospective new family, Pernod was unable to show his true colors. He's still working on walking well on his leash.
The adoption events are wonderful opportunities for those dogs that don't make an impression when they are at the ARK shelter.
Were you able to show them what you've got, Pernod?

Lo is friendly towards other dogs and loves being cuddled, but at ARK she is an aggressive fence-fighter, leaving visitors with a bad impression of her. Therefore the adoption events are the perfect occasions for Lo. This was her 2nd time to attend. She was much more relaxed than the last time, and didn't bark at the endless and possibly overwhelming flow of visitors. She was being very affectionate to everybody, but there was one instance where she barked up a storm towards one child. It seems Lo is best suited for a home without children. Perhaps she has some bad experiences from when she was a stray.

Marcus started the day off in a cheerful mood, but as time passed the mood seemed to fade and he preferred to stay away from the action. His curly tail, a trademark of Shibas, was droopy as he turned his back to the crowd.
But not for long, as many kind-hearted visitors stopped by to console him.

It was as if Marcus was an old man gazing out into his garden while sipping his tea. There was a peace and serenity surrounding his entire being.

Gentle with children, calm, and friendly with other dog... it is rare to come across such a low-maintenance Shiba as him.

Mi-chan made another appearance after the last adoption event.
She's sweet, calm, quiet, and quite a catch, but hasn't peaked much interest among prospective adopters.
Is it because she's 8 years old? Or because she's relatively large for a Corgie?

Mi-chan was on the pudgy side when she was rescued, but after arriving at ARK she rapidly lost weight. No matter how much she eats, it doesn't stick. Perhaps it is a result of stress and the cold.
She always has such a cheery disposition that it seems as if she’s not feeling any stress, but it must be that she's just not showing it.
It is heartbreaking to see her put on a brave face everyday.
If only she could leave ARK soon, but there haven't been many inquiries about adopting her.

Raised by a man who lived alone, Momo spent the first 10 years of her life with very little contact with other dogs.
Yet, she is a Beagle/Shiba mix with wonderful social skills. Although her sweet personality and small size make her very desirable, her age and the fact that she has heartworm has made it difficult to find her a new home.
But senior dogs need love too! And so Momo participated in this adoption event. It turned out to be an exciting day for her, as there's been some interest in her but since it's not official yet, it's still a secret!

Eat. Sleep. Play. Eat. Sleep.
Kitty's activities at the adoption event were pretty much limited to her cage and food bowl.
Even a trip to the vet doesn't deter the usually outgoing Kitty from batting the ropes on the window blinds for fun, but on this occasion the large crowd may have been a little overwhelming even for Kitty.
In general, for a cat to sit and eat a meal after being placed in a completely new environment is a pretty big deal. But for Kitty, eating is just business as usual, and she seemed rather shy at the event.

Such is the charming orange tabby, Kitty.
Let's take a nap while we wait for that new family to show up...

Many of you who checked out the event notice board may have seen already, but Google's appearance at the adoption event was suddenly cancelled.
We had received a call from an interested party who had seen Google on the ARK website, and they passed the initial screening. All that was left was to see what Google thought of the prospective adopters and vice versa. After meeting Google and completing some paperwork at the ARK office, Google's new family came all the way out to Kobe to meet us, Google's foster parents. We had dropped Google off at ARK before heading over to the adoption event, and had spent the day wondering how the meeting with the prospective adopters went. We blinked back tears of joy and surprise when Google showed up at the event in the arms of his new owner! With them was Google's new big sister, a Golden Retriever.
Their visit was truly appreciated, especially since they had a long trip back home to Hiroshima.

"Can't we take him/her home today?" This is a question that is often asked during the adoption events.
It is not possible for ARK staff to make such a final, life-changing decision for both the animals and interested adopters within the time frame of an adoption event, especially as the event itself is an unusual situation for the animals to be in.
The adoption process can move forward if potential adopters have already passed the initial screening, but until then the adoption events can only serve as an initial meet-and-greet.
All the animals at ARK have gone through painful experiences, and it is vital that anyone who is interested in adopting an animal take time to seriously think it through with the entire family so that everyone is aware and accepting of the responsibility of caring for an animal for the rest of his or her life.

This adoption event turned out to be a great success, not only thanks to the many wonderful visitors and supporters who stopped by, but also because there were several potential adopters, who had seriously considered and accepted the responsibilities of adopting an animal. Excitement and hope is in the air at ARK!

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