The organization’s two locations at the Atlas Mall in Glendale and in Freeport, Long Island, hosted free adoption events, waiving the fees for anyone who applied to adopt a pet over the weekend.
For the adoption center in Glendale, the event was a big hit. The little shop was crowded when it opened at 11 a.m., and hopeful new owners continued to stroll in throughout the day to look at the cats and dogs waiting for a new home.
Jessica Fabiano, who has worked at Bobbi & the Strays for four years, said she could not recall a similar event like this since she began working at the shelter.
“Anything like this is good,” Fabiano said. “Anything to get people in the store and looking at the animals is good.”
Once a potential owner applies for an animal, the adoption process is fairly quick. The shelter wants to be sure that no animals get sent back, so they have adoption forms and conduct their own house check, to make sure the home is suitable for the desired pet.
According to Fabiano, who recently adopted a Havanese named Usher from the shelter, the speed in which pets are adopted depends entirely on the animal. While some puppies and kitten do not last a week, other dogs and cats can wait years to be adopted.
For one lucky pup, Gigi, the wait for a new home was not long at all, and her new owner came to pick her up on Saturday.
Jane Goldschlager was serious about adopting from Bobbi & the Strays, so she had her house check done and was pre-approved for adoption when she stumbled upon Gigi.
“They told me that they were bringing in a few dogs the next day that might be just right for me, but she was not one of them,” Goldschlager said. “So she was a surprise. And as soon as I saw her I said, ‘Oh, who’s that?’”
Goldschlager said it was love at first sight for her and Gigi, who she is going to rename Alice. She came to the shelter the same day that Gigi arrived and applied to take her home then and there.
Less than a week later, and Gigi was on her way to her new home.
“It’s bittersweet,” Fabiano said of when animals get adopted. “I mean, it’s great to see them in a new home, but you do form a special bond with them.”