Denver pet store helps animals find a forever home

Annual adoption event set for Sept. 9 on Pearl Street

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For more than 10 years, Sue Green and Nancy Martin have worked with rescue agencies around the state, hoping to connect animals to a family that will love them.

The pair co-owns The Whole Cat & Dogs Too, a pet shop at 1562 S. Pearl St. The event usually has about 10 different rescue organizations. In the past, Green said they have worked with Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue, Big Dog Huge Paws and Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary, a Wyoming-based nonprofit that helps former research animals find a home.

The Sept. 9 adoption event, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is held in the 1400 block of South Pearl Street at the same time as the South Pearl Farmers Market.

Green said they try to find smaller animal rescue organizations to work with for the adoption event. The smaller rescue groups often foster animals, versus keeping them in shelters. This means the organization can get a good feel for the animal’s personality.

“There’s a lot of these smaller groups that have great animals,” she said.

In addition to adoptions, the event helps people learn about volunteer or animal fostering opportunities if they are not ready to permanently keep a pet.

Some organizations that participate are breed-specific, Green said. Other rescue organizations have a longer adoption process that includes home visits to ensure people have the right yard space.

While the dogs tend to steal the show, Green said cat rescue groups also attend and, sometimes rabbit rescue organizations will be there.

Green and Martin have been running The Whole Cat for 22 years.

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