If you’ve read this blog at all over the last two months, you know we adopted a dog (Roofus) from a local Humane Society Shelter. I was actually not too excited about adopting a shelter dog – I was leaning more toward buying a puppy from a breeder. I mistakenly thought that all of the dogs in shelters were either very old or problem dogs.
I couldn’t have been more wrong!
Not only did we get an exceptionally loving and calm (as in really mellow) sweet dog under two years old, he came already potty trained and knowing a lot of basic commands such as sit and stay. Most of the other dogs in the shelter were puppies (so there goes that idea of old dogs – I think we only saw one or two over 4 years old) and none would be described as “problem” dogs. Our shelter even color codes them by personality so that you can get a dog that best matches your family’s style.
I’ve always know the issues surrounding puppy mills and would never buy a dog from a pet store, but since our shelter experience, I have really come to respect what a wonderful service our local Humane Society Shelters offer. LJ has already announced that he’d like to volunteer there when he is old enough to be a dog walker.
When LJ and I were given the opportunity to donate some Del Monte dog treats to a worthy cause, we knew right away we wanted to give them to the shelter where we got Roofus. We were able to look up what they needed on their wish list and saw they were in need of treats for training and rewards. No wonder Roofus has such a love of Pup-Peroni, Milo’s Homestyle Treats, and Milkbone treats – that what he got at the shelter!
LJ and I headed off to Walmart to pick up some supplies to donate to the shelter together.
I encourage you to look at your local shelter before purchasing a dog or puppy from somewhere else. There are so many beautiful, loving dogs who need a good home. If you are able to support your local shelter with a cash or goods donation, they will be most grateful for any help they receive!
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- Pup-Peroni - https://twitter.com/#!/PupPeroni
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