Inaugural ‘Tails on the Beach’ a tail-wagging success

first_img Share RelatedMultiple shelters, rescues participate in Tails on the BeachBy PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS Sadly, the Rio Grande Valley has far too many homeless animals. Our shelters are overflowing with abandoned pets, and there are simply not enough resources to deal with the burgeoning problem. That’s what makes Friends of Animal Rescue (FOAR) such a special organization.…November 11, 2016In “News”ROCKETS’ RED GLARE: Shelters urge pet owners to keep pets indoors during holidayBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Almost everyone loves a birthday party and there’s none bigger than America’s own birthday every July 4th. But all the pomp and circumstance can be an overwhelming and frightening experience for many pets, especially dogs. The loud booms and flashes of light from…July 3, 2015In “News”UPDATED: Tails on the Beach postponed due to red tideSpecial to the PRESS Update 9/12/2016:  Due to red tide moving into the area, Friends of Animal Rescue will be postponing their 2nd annual Tails on the Beach event. The organization decided to postpone the event out of concern for the effects the red tide might have on our two…September 9, 2016In “News” By PAMELA CODYSpecial to the PRESSFew sights are more heart wrenching than lost and homeless animals. The Rio Grande Valley has a staggering number of homeless animals, with most shelters filled to capacity. Every day, hundreds are euthanized due to lack of available space and resources.However, there are organizations like the Friends of Animal Rescue, whose mission is to reunite lost pets with their owners and help find new homes for the many stray animals that come through their doors. Located on South Padre Island, they recently hosted their 1st annual Tails on the Beach, touted as a celebration of man’s best friend. Director of Operations Sherry Pindard talked about the goal of the event. “We want to get animals out of kennels and into homes,” she said. Pindard stressed, “This is not a fundraiser – it’s a true community event with 5 different Valley shelters working together for a common cause.”Pindard spoke about the Friends of Animal Rescue’s success. “We have around 600 animals come through every year, and we have an 86 percent success rate of reuniting pets with their owners – I think that’s pretty good,” she stated proudly. The Friends of Animal Rescue has a 100 percent success rate of adopting out animals. “This December will be our 5th anniversary, and we’ve gotten over 500 animals adopted during that time,” she reported.Scores of locals and visitors attended the event with their pets, with many expressing support for the organization. Jeffrey and Christa Williams, visiting from Seabrook, Texas with their two dogs Muffett and Polly, stumbled onto the event by chance. “We just happened upon this by accident, but we gladly support these types of organizations because we love animals,” Jeffrey said. Sisters Yvonne and Yvette Perez of Los Fresnos, Texas, were in attendance with their two rescue dogs, Theodore and Lucy. “Lucy travels with me all the time – shelter dogs make the best pets!” she declared. They got their dogs from B.A.D. (Brownsville Animal Defense) and were looking for a companion dog for their father.Pindard spoke glowingly about all the organizations and individuals who helped bring this event to fruition. “We are 98 percent volunteers,” she said. Pindard, along with co-emcee Shane Wilson, brought a variety of adoptable dogs and cats onto the stage during their presentation, and thanked contributors, including the Brownsville Animal Regulation and Care Center, the Harlingen Humane Society, the Isabel Y Garcia Animal Shelter and the Laguna Madre Humane Society.Numerous individuals who provide animal services were present, such as Dr. Sara Stephens, who offered heartworm testing and micro-chipping, and local artist Carol Plumb, who did dog portraits for donations. There was also a children’s corner, a therapy dog presentation, and a pet parade.Robert Rodriguez from Customs and Border Control, accompanied by his German shepherd, gave a presentation about basic training principles, and pointed out the fact that many of their search dogs come from shelters. “Just because a dog’s at a shelter doesn’t mean it isn’t a great dog,” he said. He spoke of the bond he has with his canine partner. “This dog comes home with me at night, he goes everywhere with me. When he retires, he’ll come home with me for good. We’re a team,” he said emphatically.Pindard reported that six dogs and two cats were adopted as a result of Tails on the Beach. Friends of Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization, and accepts monetary donations as well as items for their resale shop, located in the same building, located at 4908 Padre Blvd. For more information, call (956) 772 – 1171.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking herelast_img