Embrace dog adoption event only for Kelowna, West Kelowna and Peachland residents

Vernon woman disappointed after pre-registering but being denied adoption.

A Vernon woman was denied adopting a dog from the Embrace adoption event in Kelowna.

Dailene Cowles said she called the foundation a week ago and was told by Embrace the adoption process would be quicker if she pre-registered online, but was not notified the adoption event was only for Kelowna residents.

“I completed all online forms and my daughter and I planned on attending the event today, the first day of a three-day event because we were hoping to rescue a dog immediately. She even skipped a day of school today so that we could go. We drove from Vernon to Kelowna and arrived at PetSmart at 8:30 a.m. when the doors opened at 9 a.m. and waited in line,” said Cowles.

READ MORE: VIDEO: Want a dog? Head over to Kelowna’s Petsmart to adopt one your new best friend

She said they got to walk Jesse, the dog the chose, they connected but in the final steps of the adoption process was told they wouldn’t be able to adopt the dog because house checks had to be done and they were only doing the checks in Kelowna.

“We we took Jesse outside for a walk and he was perfect he jumped on our laps he licked her face we felt that we had found our forever dog my daughter was thrilled and asked if we could take him I said yes. We proceeded back inside excited to complete the adoption. Never expecting what would come next,” said Cowles.

READ MORE: Bus load of adoptable dogs headed to Kelowna

Cowles explained that they were not alone. Other hopeful adopters from the Okanagan region who were pre-registered were turned away after waiting and meeting what they thought would be a new member of their family.

“She apologized and said no,” said Cowles. ”There was another woman from Vernon ahead of us that was with her mother they were also very disappointed as she was interested in adopting a dog as well [but] there was a volunteer on site that had offered to come and do the home visit in Vernon.”

PetsMart confirmed the adoption is only for Peachland, West Kelowna and Kelowna residents.


@LarynGilmour
laryn.gilmour@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Father and autistic son bike across Canada

They passed through Revelstoke on July 18

July showers wash out half of the Okanagan’s cherry crop

Cherry growers say this is the worst season they’ve seen in decades

Okanagan school district monitoring McCurdy supportive housing plan debate

Top priority for board of education is to maintain safety integrity of local schools

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

How much do you know about the moon?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, see how well you know space

Okanagan resident’s alleged stolen dog found safe

Nicholas Bozak thanks the public for finding his 17 month old mastiff chow

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Survivorship Dragon Boat Team wins in Vernon

Team takes top spot in A division at festival

Most Read