Event helps four pups get adopted
Last Saturday’s dog Halloween costume contest at PetSmart in Oak Ridge, sponsored by Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank, didn’t draw a huge turnout on the rainy day, but it did score well on its intended purpose.
Frank said Monday that the event was designed to help the Anderson County Animal Shelter find homes for some of the dogs it had available for adoption.
And by the time the contest was over, all four dogs the shelter had brought to PetSmart for adoption had found their “furrever” homes.
While there weren’t many people who brought their own dogs in costumes for the contest, there were plenty of people who showed up for the event, with enough of them ready to take home their own new pets.
As for the contest, Koko, the dog of Savannah Worthington of Rocky Top, won first place and a basket full of dog toys and goodies. Savannah is a sophomore at Anderson County High School.
The second-place award and prizes went Zoe, the pooch of Demi Moore, 13, of Clinton, a seventh-grader at Clinton Middle School.
As for the lucky adoptees, they included Max and Mabel, part fox terrier pups who were litter mates, according to Barbara Burton of Slum Dog Rescue, who was volunteering for the animal shelter at the event.
Emma Enlow, 12, of Jacksboro adopted Mabel, who seemed deliriously happy in the arms of her new doggy mom. Emma is a seventh-grader in Campbell County.
“We were glad we had such a good turnout of people who were ready to adopt these dogs, because that’s why we did this,” said Leean Tupper, assistant to Mayor Frank. Tupper was there to coordinate the costume contest.