Fundraiser tries to match people to pets (video)
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Sammy was 3 months old when he was scheduled to die.
"Sammy was at the city shelter and he was set to be put down, so we rescued him. We have had him about two months now," said Meredith Flatt, an employee at Adopt-A-Pet.
Sammy, a black dachshund mix, blissfully ignorant of his brush with death, reveled in life Saturday at the Rent-A-Canine fundraiser at Victoria Mall.
Free of his kennel, he played with little girls and cuddled with passers-by who stopped to see the dogs.
"He is a little shy but is a very kind little dog," Flatt said about Sammy. "He just wants to be in your lap and be loved on."
Kiana Price, 4, agreed as he snuggled in her lap, giving her kisses.
"I'd name him Gizmo or Sassy," Kiana said. "I would play with him and kiss him."
The dogs were available to play for a $5 donation or a donation of food or dog food cans.
The money raised was split between Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry, a food distribution center in Victoria County, and Adopt-A-Pet.
The canned people food went to the Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry.
Loretta Faxlanger, a volunteer at both organizations, put the event together to raise money and give the dogs a chance to play.
Flatt also hopes the event will lead to adoptions. To operate a no-kill shelter, she said, adoptions are crucial.
"We try to educate people before they take home their dog ... We try to match the dog to the people to be fair to both of them," Flatt said.
Amanda Christian, of Victoria, and her daughter, Abigail, were shopping when they saw the dogs in the center of the mall and stopped to make a donation.
"We had to put ours down not too long ago and she wanted to come play," Christian said about Abigail.
The 3-year-old said she hoped to take home Maxwell, a house-trained schnauzer mix.
"He is friendly," Abigail said, petting the dog. "He likes me."