Adopt your next best friend this Saturday at PetSmart.

Dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be available during this national adoption weekend event. At the special event you will receive coupons to save a lot of money to purchase everything you will need to take your new pet home, including free dog or cat food.

Puppy and kitten season is in full swing so there are plenty of homeless young animals as well as their mothers that are looking for forever homes. Even when it isn't the spring and fall litter seasons, there are always plenty of pets to adopt from local rescues and our local shelter so please spay and neuter your pets.

Texarkana Animal League, or TAL, along with several other dog rescues, will be at this event with their foster dogs that are ready to be adopted into new homes.The process starts with an application to adopt. Adoption fees vary for each rescue. For cats and kittens the fee is $80 and that includes the initial vetting.

There will be a variety of dogs looking for homes. You will be able to ask the rescues about the personalities of the dogs and find one that fits your family perfectly. Some of the rescues will let you try the dogs out in your home for a short period of time to make sure the transition goes smoothly. There are also volunteers in the cat room that can tell you about each cat's personality and there is an area you can sit and visit with the cats.

All of these animals are current on their vaccines and have been spayed or neutered, many are even microchipped. Occasionally, puppies have been vaccinated, but not yet spayed or neutered. In these cases, a sterilization agreement is required as part of the adoption contract.

Texarkana Animal League is a 501(c)3 nonprofit run by a group of volunteers who are dedicated to improving the welfare of animals in our community.

Event info:

  • PetSmart, 117 Richmond Road Ranch, Texarkana, Texas
  • Saturday, May 14
  • 10AM to 3PM

Rescues will have their adoptable dogs available to pet, visit with and ask questions about to see if the dog would be a good fit for your home. Adoption fees vary per dog and per rescue. Not all of the local rescues will be at this event so for information about dogs that are available through local rescues, visit these Facebook pages or find them on Petfinder: Little Paws RescuePassion for Pooches, Texarkana Animal League, Muttley Crew German Shepherd RescueArkLaTex Cocker Spaniel Rescue and Boxer Rescue of Texarkana.

Please consider adoption before buying a puppy or kitten. Adoption fees and donations will help the rescues in the care of their rescued animals as well as Texarkana Animal League's community outreach programs such as a low-income spay/neuter assistance program, rescue assistance program and foster care program.

TAL's belief that all animals are deserving of life, respect and care. TAL provides the shelter's animals with all of the necessary vaccinations & medications from funds raised throughout the year. Their low Income spay/neuter assistance program has spayed and neutered more than 1,000 animals in the community in addition to hundreds of animals that found homes through TAL's foster care program. To learn more about TAL visit its website or call 1-877-525-4825.