PORTAGE | The Zandi twins were, in turn, awed and amazed by all of the dogs they saw during the Kibble Kitchen Pet Pantry's awareness event Saturday for homeless animals at Countryside Park.
Calvin and Olivia, 15 months old, along with their parents, Kristina and Timothy Zandi, of Homewood, came to the event hoping to find a dog to adopt.
The event, in its second year, is held in observance of International Homeless Animals Day, a day in which organizations around the world come together to raise awareness about the pet overpopulation epidemic.
Michelle Duca, founder and executive director of Kibble Kitchen Pet Pantry, said her group provides food to Porter County families who are facing difficulties as a result of job loss or other financial crisis, and can no longer afford to take care of their pets.
Kristina and Timothy Zandi said they wanted to see how the twins responded to a dog and how the dogs acted around the busy toddlers before making a decision.
The family was cuddling a 13-week-old bulldog mix named Sprout. Kristina Zandi said Calvin was a little more "rambunctious" than his twin playing with the animal.
"We put in an application to adopt one of the dogs but we haven't made a decision yet," said Kristina Zandi, who was holding a leash to take Calvin and the dog for a walk.
"We wanted to come out and meet the dogs before making a decision and see how they acted around children. All of them are really cute. We want to see which fits in best with the kids," she said.