Every adoptable dog at local shelter expected to get a home for Thanksgiving


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Every adoptable dog at the Portsmouth Humane Society is anticipated to get a home for the holiday this year.

It’s all a part of their Foster for Thanksgiving program.

Community members started picking up the dog of their choice on Wednesday and will spoil them until Monday.

“We’re like we should give them a chance, the exposure of being with a family for the holidays so we decided to come here and see what they had,” said foster Devin Hernandez.

Almost all of the dogs fostered through the program last year ultimately got adopted.

“It’s such a wonderful thing when people are opening up their hearts and home to animals in need,” said PHS director James McLaughlin. 

One by one, the dogs scurried out of the front doors, wagging tails and all.

On Wednesday night, just one dog named Gourd remained. “He cannot go into a home with other animals, but would he would love to meet your kids to see if they’re a match for the holiday!” the shelter wrote on Facebook. 

Lucinda Custis and her mom took home a furry friend named Blue Jean.

“They’re in the shelter and it just feels sad,” stated Custis.

After searching the kennels, Devin Hernandez and his mom walked out with a senior dog named Fog Horn.

“We saw him right away, I was like this is the one, he was just so cute, and he was so calm. I like calm dogs,” he explained.

Hernandez says he’s got big plans for Fog Horn, consisting of good food and lots of love. 

“It’s a life changing experience, it’s a lot of responsibility, but it’s a really good thing to do,” he smiled.

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