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Update: Bahama pooches ready to adopt at Tri County

After a routine month getting prepped, 18 Bahama dogs are up for adoption at Tri County Animal Rescue. So the Lipsig family was hanging out with Charma.

“We adopted a dog three years ago and we want to make sure they get along,” Anna Lipsig said Sunday on the west Boca campus.

That’s a given for prospective pet parents.

“Once they’re approved, if they have another animal at home, bring them in to make sure they get along,” said Goldsmith.

They actually have a pet meet and greet.

Barky was the first Bahama rescue to be adopted Saturday. And Tri County will take five dogs to Sheriff Ric Bradshaw’s pet adoption on Tuesday, Oct. 8 http://www.pbso.org/pet-adoption-event-2/

People can see the other Bahama dogs for themselves at Tri County, 21287 Boca Rio Road, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Tri County makes sure potential pet owners understand it’s a long-term, time and financial commitment, Goldsmith said.  “Dogs are like children,” she said. “They need caring and attention.”

The Bahama dogs are young, energetic family dogs, she added. They’re all neutered, and once the adoption’s approved they go home with food, medication if necessary and “instructions for the transition,” Goldsmith said.

“They were street dogs but already in a shelter when the hurricane hit,” she added.

The dogs were thin, in need of food, and placed in routine quarantine when they came in.

They smelled like flood water, remembered Jeri Caprio of Horses & Hounds Charitable Foundation that supports Tri County. She brought others to help the new arrivals.

“We left clean, fresh dogs with fresh water and in air-conditioning. It felt so good. They were all terribly underweight and they responded so well,” said Caprio, who was honored by Tri County at Doggie & Kittie Ball this spring.

“We rescue, rehabilitate and rehome,” said Tri County board chairwoman Sharon DiPietro. “We will go anywhere to help.”

By Marci Shatzman

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