BARC seeing plenty of adoption success with HPD officers posing with adoptees

Tom Kennedy, Editor

Paws and Patrol are barking up the right tree. The proof is in the pictures accompanying this account of the latest three HPOU members who posed with potential adoptees from BARC, the city’s animal adoption agency.

HPOU Board Member Officer Steve Turner made a big hit with Larry. Larry’s most favorite thing in the world is a loving belly rub. Turner obliged and BARC’s Lynette Bodmer, the organization’s adoption coordinator, said, “Larry loved Officer Turner and kept rolling around asking for belly rubs.”

BARC believes the pictures of HPD officers with potential adoptees are strong enablers. Many of the dogs are taken home by officers who fall for their picture posing mates. Bodmer described Larry as “such a handsome dog.” She expressed hope that the picture will result in his adoption.

Who knows? Larry may already be in a new home.

“This dashing pup is estimated to be about six years old,” Bodmer said. “He’s enjoyed meeting other pups at the shelter and loves being around people. He is the most perfect gentlemen and gently trots next to you on walks.”

Then there’s Cassi, who posed with Officer Kristine Anthony.

Viridiana Sanchez, another adoptions coordinator, said, “Cassi is a staff and volunteer favorite and well, gosh, what’s not tolove about Cassi? She is house-trained, knows tons of tricks, is smart, calm and loving! She is so gentle and so well-mannered!”

Sanchez was quick to point out that BARC is known to have a $5 adoption special for pets five months and older like Cassi.

Finally, we have Officer Kawanski Nichols of the HPOU Board of Directors, who posed with Flower. Bodmer said, “Flower had so much fun meeting Officer Nichols! In fact, she has fun doing pretty much anything! This spunky little social butterfly has already found a home to call her own.”

We like to think it was the picture with Officer Nichols that did the trick.

HPOU members are volunteering to pose with BARC dogs on a weekly basis in this ongoing program.