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Troy Animal Rescue Project hosts “Home for the Holiday” adoption drive

The rescues visiting hours are seven days a week from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Published: Nov. 11, 2020 at 3:14 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Many will gift puppies or kittens this holiday season, but before shopping and a lot of research, they might want to consider looking at a rescue. The Troy Animal Rescue Project (T.A.R.P) is hosting their “Home for the Holiday” adoption drive.

"If you are looking for a pet and your family is prepared for a pet for the Christmas holidays, it’s great to give that pet for Christmas,” Tiffany Howington, T.A.R.P director, said.

But the Christmas cheer can easily become heartbreak. Many of those gifted puppies end up in rescues or local shelters.

“If you haven’t been researching it before Christmas and you’re just kind of like, ‘I need a Christmas present for the kids, let’s get a dog,’ it’s probably not going to be a good situation,” Howington said.

The “Home for the Holiday” campaign strives to find life long homes for dogs and cats that are often overlooked now through Dec. 22.

“Many of our dogs stay in the rescue program for several months before they find homes,” Howington said.

T.A.R.P rescues come from numerous places, owners surrender, euthanasia lists from local shelters and strays.

“Pretty much anytime an animal needs help we are there to take them in,” Howington said.

The rescue currently has 96 dogs and 132 cats, of all ages.

“For them to get a home for the holidays and just be able to be there with a family, that’s something that we would love to do for them,” Howington said.

Howington said it is important for adopters to have patience, especially when it comes to training dogs. Rescues come from various backgrounds and adjust to new environments differently.

“It takes three days for a dog to kind of settle into house, three weeks for a dog to get back to it’s normal personality, and three months to be able to have a trained animal in your house,” Howington said.

The adoption process starts with an application. Then a vet or personal reference is needed. A virtual home visit and over the phone interview will then take place and if approved, the pet is adopted. There are not same day adoptions.

“They just want somebody to love them, to care about them, to take them on longs walks or sit with them on the couch,” Howington said.

T.A.R.P’s visiting hours are seven days a week from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The rescue always takes back adopted pets if they do not work out.

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