Every weekend TAGS has an outreach event at the Petsmart store in Whitby. A couple of volunteers and a few dogs are at the store between noon and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
This past weekend, though, brought a fun, once-a-year event that TAGS has participated in for the past two years—an outreach event at Canadian Tire!
|Here we are, set up right between the kitchen appliances and checkout counters
Canadian Tire has been a great location to show off our dogs for a few reasons:
- There’s an element of surprise for the shoppers, and the store is always packed with people shopping on the weekends.
- There aren’t any other dogs, like there often are with the shoppers at Petsmart, which ensures a more relaxed atmosphere for the TAGS dogs.
- In most cases, the shoppers at Canadian Tire might not already have a dog (as opposed to shoppers at Petsmart) and would be more likely to adopt a dog they’ve seen at the store.
|Dawson, ready for his big debut
The day was a huge success for both dogs, Tucker and Dawson, being showcased. Both received attention from Canadian Tire employees who are currently considering adopting a dog.
Dawson charmed everyone by nudging for belly rubs or giving his paw for a “handshake” and eventually formed a “fan base” around himself. His friendly charm resulted in not only a bone for him from one of his admirers but also two adoption applications for him the very same day!
|A very relaxed Dawson, gnawing away on a bone from a potential adopter
Canadian Tire has been a great place for TAGS to create awareness about the rescue, and we are hoping to have more chances to feature our dogs in the store in the future.