Category: Dog Adoption

The Twelve Pets of Christmas

POSTED BY Estelle W. IN

All I want for Christmas is a happy home! Save $50 off our adoption fees this December.

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the shelter,
The Twelve Pets of Christmas were in need of a helper.
For although these Twelve Pets have so much to offer,
These groups are ignored when it comes to adopters.
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Group One is adult cats, aged nine months and up.
Why adopt only kittens? They’re cute, but grow up!
Fully grown cats need forever homes too,
Could one of these cats make its new home with you?
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The next group of pets (and this one astounds):
Big, lovable dogs weighing forty-plus pounds.
A cuddly pooch you…

Pit Bulls in Los Angeles Shelters: What You Need to Know

POSTED BY Estelle W. IN

Pitbulls in Los Angeles Shelters: What You Need to Know

You may know that Los Angeles has a homeless pet problem and that many of the pets that end up in area shelters are euthanized for lack of space. But did you know that the breed most euthanized in L.A. shelters is pit bull-type breeds? Last year, over 3,800 healthy, adoptable dogs were euthanized in our area shelters.* Of those, almost half were pit bulls.*

Why do pit bulls get euthanized in our shelters at higher rates than other breeds?
Simply put, because there are a lot more of them there. Let’s take a look at some factors.
1.) Pit…

2 Mission Adoptable: 5 Reasons to Join the Dog Nation!

POSTED BY Estelle W. IN

Mission Adoptable: Join the Dog Nation

Having a dog in your life is rewarding. Adopting a dog and saving a life is even more rewarding. Shelters, rescues and humane-model pet stores are chock full of every kind of best friend imaginable – from Chihuahuas to pit bulls and everything in between – there truly is a pet out there for everyone. You know you want a dog! Here are five reasons to get off the fence, adopt, and join the Dog Nation!
1.)  A dog is good for your mental health.
Studies show that the companionship of a dog can help combat stress, depression, and even…

6 For the Love of a Pit Bull

POSTED BY Aimee G. IN

2 pit bulls napping together

I have always loved dogs (and cats, and rabbits, and horses, and goats – but those are other blogs).  My mother had a purebred doberman when I was born and that dog and I were inseparable throughout my early years.  When she left us, as dogs always do too soon, there was a mischievous black Labrador.  He came to us as a puppy when I was in third grade and died after a long, full life while I was away at college.
So you could safely say that I grew up knowing what it is to love a dog, or…

Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable Pet Week: Available Cats and Dogs!

POSTED BY Annie M IN

young man holding chihuahua

Last week, we posted a blog about “Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable Pet Week” and our upcoming Adopt & Shop promotion! In case you missed it, you can read the whole blog here.
To summarize, Petfinder has designated the third week in September “Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable Pet Week” to raise awareness about animals in our nation’s shelters and rescues who need a little extra help finding the right home.  What pets are considered “less-adoptable” or are often overlooked? Amazing pets that fall into these categories:

  • Adult Cats (over 9 mos. old)
  • Big Dogs (over 40 lbs.)
  • Black Pets
  • Pit Bulls, Chihuahuas, and Their Mixes

Service Dog of the Day: Stormy

POSTED BY Estelle W. IN

service dog stormy

Meet Stormy.  This 4 year old black lab was a bomb dog with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines stationed in Afghanistan.  Highly trained to sniff out improvised explosive devices, during one foot patrol in the mountains of Helmand Province, Stormy located five roadside bombs, saving both soldiers and civilians from injury and death.
Josh Miller, who served in Stormy’s unit, said this about Stormy:  “He was a great dog, not only because he could find IEDs, but also because of his personality and his companionship.  You’d go out on patrol and get shot at for three hours, then you’d come…

Service Dog of the Day: Wink

POSTED BY Annie M IN

Photo courtesy of Tonya Murray

I think this story is a perfect example that when it comes to dogs; if you can dream it, they can do it.
Wink is a 2-year-old black Lab/Golden Retriever mix who is classically trained as a service animal with extra training to help her in criminal investigations, specifically involving children. She is currently based at the Uintah and Daggett County Children’s Justice Center where administrators use her to help children feel comfortable when discussing difficult, crime-related topics.
Out of 20 Children’s Justice Center (CJC) locations in Utah, the Uintah and Daggett County facility are the only two utilizing these…

Service Dog of the Day: Shelby

POSTED BY Annie M IN

Photo Courtesy of chiarian.blogspot.com

In March 2008, an Arizona blogger, who goes by the name “Zipperhead,” visited her local animal shelter and laid eyes on an underweight, skittish and obviously abused Rhodesian Ridgeback mix.  The connection was instant and her family adopted the little brown dog, naming her Shelby.
At the time, Zipperhead had been struggling with a brain condition called Chiari Malformation (CM). CM’s are structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance. Her condition was further complicated with an associated neurological disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.  EDS is a group of inherited disorders that affects connective tissues —…

Happy Mutt’s Day!

POSTED BY Annie M IN

white and grey mixed breed dog

National Mutt Day is one of our favorite pet holidays around here because it gives us an extra excuse to talk about the magnificent mixed breed dog! It is estimated that 25% of dogs that enter shelters annually are purebreds and the rest mixed, which equals millions of mutts that need us humans to step up and say, “I don’t know what you are exactly, but I love ya, so I don’t care.”
National Mutt Day was created in 2005 by Celebrity Pet Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige to “raise awareness of the plight of mixed breed dogs…

More than Best Friends: Dogs and Our Mental Health

POSTED BY Estelle W. IN

little girl with comfort dogs

 
Tell me how you’re feeling.
Ok, look at this.
 
Now, how are you feeling?
If you just smiled and let out a bit of tension with thoughts of, “awwwwww,” congratulations, you are human.
For thousands of years, humans have cultivated relationships with dogs.  Though controversial, some scientists even theorize that humans domesticated dogs long before they began settling into groups and cultivating agriculture. No matter when it began, the strong bond that developed between human and canine continues to evolve.  The more we get to know our four-legged companions, the more we love them.  One very good reason…