- March 31, 2018
When the people at Sophie's Circle Pet Food Pantry and Dog Rescue rehabilitated a dog that was starved, abandoned and left for dead, they knew they had to do more to help other animals.
The organization teamed up with the Half Wall restaurant, 3770 S. Nova Rd., in Port Orange to host a monthly event in 2018 with the goal of getting at least one dog adopted each month, according to Kathy Blackman, the organization's founder and president.
"The dogs need exposure," Blackman said. "The dogs come to us in the most unimaginable conditions and so many of them have tragic stories."
The first Half Wall event was in January and resulted in one dog being adopted. Now, Blackman plans to do this once again during the second adoption event on Saturday, Feb. 17. This will go on once each month until the end of the year.
Through the organization, around 400 to 500 dogs are rescued and re-homed each year. Sophie's Circle also helps provide dog food to people in low-income situations who have pets.
As for the monthly adoption event, Blackman said she doesn't want the dogs to go to just anyone. She wants to find good, reliable, forever homes for the animals.
"Every single one of them, they're important to me," Blackman said. "They're my responsibility and I stop don't caring about the dog once they're adopted."
For more information, visit sophiescircle.com.