Bilingual outreach results in 200 pet adoptions in south Texas 

Child snuggling with a gray dog in a parking lot at the Super Adoption
Two events in the Rio Grande Valley helped dogs and cats go from homeless to home.
By Best Friends staff

Thanks to a collaboration with PetSmart Charities, pets found homes from Best Friends in Houston, Palm Valley Animal Society, Brownsville Animal Regulation & Care Center (BARCC) and Humane Society of Harlingen.

The event is the first in a series focused on reaching out to Latino communities with adoption information in both Spanish and English.

“Our Latino communities love their pets, but unfortunately, there is not enough information in Spanish available to them about pet adoption,” said Mia Navedo-Williams, Best Friends manager of multicultural engagement. “We can’t help control the pet population or assist our local shelters in saving more lives without engaging our Latino communities.”

The event not only featured bilingual information, but bilingual staff and volunteers were there to converse in Spanish and help all visitors meet their potential furry family members.

“We are so proud to continue to partner in ways that are meaningful to the communities we serve,” says Steve Kaufman, senior manager of adoption initiatives at PetSmart Charities. “We received great feedback from our PetSmart store leaders and look forward to more multi-cultural collaborations.”

More than 3,000 attendees met adoptable animals and learned more about the participating shelters in their communities.

In the end, there were nearly 200 adoptions between the two events, and 45 animals went to rescue, on transport or into foster-to-adopt homes, for a total of almost 250 lives saved.

Jacqueline Hernandez, assistant public health director at BARCC said, “67 of our animals were adopted. That’s more than double the average number of monthly adoptions! The event was magical, and exactly what we needed!”

We can tell you the events were amazing, but the photos say it better.

Unloading crates containing animals from a Best Friends branded van

Family holding a puppy

Group of people from HSHTX with some adoption signs, some in English and some in Spanish

Collage of two feline photos: Once black and white kitten and other featuring an orange tabby kitten

Person wearing a hat looking down lovingly at a puppy

Face of a blond puppy

Collage of two photos of families adopting puppies

Group of people under the tent for the adoption event, with a puppy on a table

White puppy in a wire kennel with tongue hanging out

Group of people with a dog, holding a sign that says 117

Save a life by adopting your next pet

Shelters across the country are full and adoptions are down. You can make a big difference by adopting your next pet.


Read more

Animal stories to fill you with hope

Matted, scared Pekingese mix gets a makeover and a home

One kitty’s transformation from scaredy cat to queen of her castle