Category: Dog Adoption

4 Happy National Specially-Abled Pets Day!


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This blog was co-authored by Annie M. and Estelle W.
National Specially-Abled Pets day is observed every year on May 3rd and was founded in 2006 by Animal Behaviorist and Pet Lifestyle Expert, Colleen Paige. The goal of this holiday is to celebrate the animals who amaze us with how they cope with challenges brought on by birth flaws, disease or injuries. National Specially-Abled Pets Day also encourages potential adopters to consider adopting a special needs pet.
If the internet has taught us anything, it’s that people are really inspired by these animals! Watching them flourish in the face of…

Happy 3rd Birthday Adopt & Shop Lakewood!



Adopt & Shop Lakewood celebrated their 3rd birthday on April 12th and, as we prepare to open the largest and grandest Adopt & Shop to date, we want to express our gratitude to the staff, volunteers, adopters, community supporters and our partner animal shelters, SEACCA, Long Beach Animal Care Services, Los Angeles Animal Services, and the County of Los Angeles Animal Care and Control, for making our little pet shop so successful!

If you aren’t familiar with the concept of Adopt & Shop, it is a simple one.  Take the pet store model of yesteryear, but instead of selling puppies…

Making Your New Adult Dog Feel at Home

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Bringing home an adult dog from a shelter is an exciting time with some unique challenges.  Shelter dogs come from all backgrounds.  From dogs who were lost, to dogs given up for behavior issues, or because the owner was unwilling or unable to provide adequate care.  Consequently, dogs entering a new home may not behave the way you might expect “adult” dogs to act.

Housebreaking Issues with Adult Dogs
A dog who has not had a structured home environment may have no idea that your house doesn’t play double duty as a toilet.  Until they prove otherwise, it’s generally a…

23 A Sea of Beagles: Tucker’s Senior Dog Adoption Story


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After my childhood dog, Gus, a bright, funny, loveable German Shepherd, passed away, my family and I were not ready for another long-term commitment.  We were too heartbroken to reattach ourselves so quickly to another dog for another 10+ years.  We were not exactly in the market for another dog when fate decided to intervene.
I had tagged along with a friend of mine to a beagle rescue to pick up a dog that he had just adopted, so I decided to walk around the kennels while he was finalizing his adoption.  That was when I saw Todd, a dirty,…

5 Happy Dogust 2013!


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As you may already know, WE LOVE DOGUST! Dogust the 1st, celebrated every August 1st, is the universal birthday for all shelter and rescue dogs with unknown dates of birth. This year, a few of our volunteers surprised the adoptable dogs at Adopt & Shop Mission Viejo with delicious birthday cupcakes. We want to thank the crew at Top Dog Barkery in Newport Beach, CA. for donating the baked treats and making this day really special for our dogs!
Looking for something special to spoil your adopted pup with this dogust? Try making a homemade dog cake or pupsicle.…

Introducing Your DNA Contest Winners!


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With over 250 submissions and nearly 1,500 votes cast, we are excited to introduce the two top dogs that will receive a free Mixed Breed DNA Test from Wisdom Panel!
From Round One: Molly Duke and her 10 siblings were rescued by AngelDogs Deaf Dog Ranch. They were bottle-fed and cared for around the clock by foster moms & dads before being adopted into loving homes.
Molly Duke’s mama says “I rescued Molly Duke and her brother Cassius about a month ago. Their mama was so emaciated, when she was found roaming, that she did not look pregnant and the…

Hug a Chihuahua at Adopt & Shop Mission Viejo!


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We are excited to announce our second Adopt & Shop location is opening its doors this month! Adopt & Shop is a new kind of pet store, a one stop pet adoption center. Whether you’re looking to adopt a cat or dog or buy pet food and supplies, Adopt & Shop can help you. Our adoptable animals come directly from local shelters, they are spayed or neutered, microchipped, current on their vaccinations and ready to go home. We are dedicated to reducing euthanasia of adoptable animals in our shelters and offer pet owner support for the life of your adopted…

14 DNA Test Contest: Voting Round Two


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Voting for this contest in now closed. The winners will be announced Thursday, May 23rd. Thank you to everyone that submitted and voted!
Here are the 10 dogs that make up the second round!  We will be choosing one dog from each round so if you haven’t had a chance, head over to vote in the first round.  We had so many wonderful stories and pictures submitted it was really difficult to choose. We thank everyone who entered!
Bailey is an 11 week old rescue pup. Her brindle coloring and perky ears go against everything we were told she was.…

13 DNA Test Contest: Voting Round One


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Voting for this contest in now closed. The winners will be announced Thursday, May 23rd. Thank you to everyone that submitted and voted!
We got so many great submissions for the DNA test contest! Many more than we had anticipated so we narrowed it down to the Top 20 and split it into two parts to ease the voting process.
Here are the 10 dogs that make up the round one contenders. After you vote, click over to round two for the second batch of incredible dogs.  A huge thank you to everyone who shared their stories and pictures.

10 What Did Chocobot’s DNA Test Reveal?


mixed breed dog wearing a pink sweatshirt

Le (pronounced “Lee”) was just a man on the hunt for the perfect dog. Due to his mother’s apprehension about dogs and concern about having pet hair all over her home, Le’s only exposure to pets as a child was Spike, his turtle, and the furry, friendly faces owned by all his neighbors and friends. Once he was of age, Le was careful to find an apartment of his own that would be suitable for him and his future dog. From that point, the puppy hunt was on!
Le was determined to find a dog with short, stubby legs, a…