Shelter dogs get a home for the Thanksgiving holiday

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Adoptable dogs at the Portsmouth Humane Society will get to spend the Thanksgiving holiday in a home.

More than a dozen dogs at the shelter will be celebrating in homes.

The shelter’s Foster for Thanksgiving program has been a major success, with people lining up outside the shelter before it opened to bring a dog home for the holiday!

A curious dog that was adopted as part of the Portsmouth Humane Society's "Foster for Thanksgiving" program sniffs out some treats

News 3's Allison Mechanic first told you about the program last week.

The Thanksgiving foster program allows dogs on the adoption floor of the shelter to spend the extended holiday weekend with a family.

The goal of the program is to give the dogs exposure to possible adopters, as well as give them a break from the shelter and experience in a home.

One employee said, "To see all of those empty kennels and know that they are going to have a good Thanksgiving and get those little things that a lot of us take for granted - it is the greatest thing."

Last year, 13 dogs left the shelter to enjoy Thanksgiving with a foster family. After the long weekend, 11 of them were adopted.

Those interested in taking home a pet for the holiday can pick up the dog Wednesday and return them Monday.