They were beyond ecstatic to meet their new friend.Tracy and Scott Whyatt have saved the lives of 3,700 dogs and placed them all in loving forever homes since 2011.
The couple was fed up with the fact that 2.7 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year due to overcrowding.
Tracy and Scott founded Tracy’s Dogs after she took a six-week work break in 2011 and decided to pursue her dream of dedicating her life to dog rescue.
Tracy and Scott spend their days driving to kill shelters in Texas to save dogs who would otherwise be euthanized.The dogs are transported to Tracy’s Dogs in San Antonio, Texas, where they receive medical care and are prepared for adoption.
Tracy’s Dogs then finds them forever homes and pre-adopts them all.Tracy’s Dogs will collaborate with businesses such as PetSmart to use a meeting space where new dog owners can meet their pre-adopted dog.
Scott loads the dogs into a 32-foot trailer every month and transports them to PetSmart parking lots in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and even Florida to meet their new families.
“When people adopt a dog from us, I really want them to understand that they’re not only adopting that dog, but they’re also saving the lives of three other dogs,” Liz Grabarits, Operations Director, said.
The San Antonio facility can only house about 100 dogs at a time.So, for every 60 dogs that leave, 60 more can enter and be saved from kill shelters.That means there’s room for another 60 people at the shelters.
The Tracy’s Dogs staff gets to witness the beautiful moments when a dog is adopted into a home where they will be unconditionally loved and cared for for the rest of their lives.It’s a particularly emotional time for the new pet owners.Tracy’s Dogs is very serious about this.
That’s why, on “Gotcha Day,” all of the families coming to adopt dogs will gather in front of the trailer, while the puppies being adopted are formally announced and handed over to their new owners.Everyone applauds and cheers, and it’s hilarious.
Megan Peters and Brian Roseto had been looking for a pet online for quite some time before discovering Tracy’s Dogs.
“We found Benny, who was soon to be Finn’s photo, and fell in love with him right away,” Peters explained.That’s exactly what happened when Megan and Brian met the dog they’d name Finn for the first time in the parking lots of PetSmart.
“I’m so excited,” Peters said, “I’m trying not to cry.”Roseto was overjoyed at the sight of his new friend.That day, over 60 happy families were made whole.
According to Whyatt, each dog receives between five and thirty adoption applications.
Check out the video below to see all of the happy faces made that day, and learn more about the organization at tracyspawsrescue.org.
In the video below, you can see the dogs meeting their new owners!