Beyond their incredible ability to let things go, dogs seem to have a way of understanding us. They see how we stress over the small stuff, but they never do.
Shelters are stressful environments full of strange noises and smells. All of that can be overstimulating for a dog, causing them to act out in ways that they might not normally. Your new foster is going to need quiet time in your house. Basically, the dog needs to CHILL OUT.
Feral or behaviorally challenged, barn cats are used to living primarily outside. Kitties like these cannot be adopted as--and do not want to be--traditional pets. As a result, they are often first to be euthanized at local animal control facilities.
I came to love these girls as my own fur kids, and I'd like to think they love me back the same way as their human. Considering all things, I was at the very least an upgrade from their last human pseudo mom, who would get annoyed with them and lock them in the garage.
Hank did all the regular cat stuff that us cat owners love - he was cute, funny, friendly, a bit of a mean drunk on catnip, cuddly, loving, loyal, and rarely aloof. But more than that all, Hank saved lives.
I'm not alone. Dog moms are a tribe. Sure, there are various levels of "crazy dog lady" -- I still don't clean Rio's butt with a hygienic wipe after he poops, though never say never, I suppose -- but loving dogs is a cool bond to share with another woman.
I remember the day I was approved to foster him. He was in Columbus, I was in Cleveland, and at that point he should have already been euthanized. A quick walk down an empty hallway could have been his fate, but thankfully the shelter held out one more day.
For most people concerned about animal welfare, adopting pets from an animal shelter or rescue organization is unquestionably the right thing to do. However, as we observe "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month," it's easy to incorrectly assume that the general public understands this imperative.
Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) would like to extend its sincerest gratitude to 88-year-old Bessie Elliott. In July, after noticing many of the same pets, still needing homes on the Multnomah County Adoptable Pets page, Elliott decided to action.
The plan was to adopt a rescue dog for my dad, one that would serve as a loving companion for him as he grappled with Alzheimer's disease. Something that would ground him as his world fell apart. The trouble was that I needed grounding, too.
One part of the adoption process needs to be educating people- on the specific animal they want to adopt, on what kind of medical care will be needed, on keeping the dog safe, on the importance of basic obedience training, and the list goes on.
Shelters should not fear being honest with their volunteers, adopters, and even their staff about the grim realities of not being there yet with respect to No Kill. An increasingly educated public will increasingly demand that they do so anyway.
I love dogs, so I was thrilled last month when my town's animal shelter hosted the Bow Wow Film Festival. My husband and I had a fun date that involved popcorn, beer and watching about two hours of short films celebrating dogs.
The solution for ending euthanasia, which Emmylou Harris considers genocide, is simple enough, but unfortunately implementing it isn't. Spaying and neutering would virtually eliminate millions of needless animal deaths, but convincing entrenched dog owners remains a monumental obstacle.
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