Saturday, December 20, 2014

Adopt a Pet this Holiday - #petadoption #supportyourshelters

I know that somewhere out there is a puppy or a kitten on a child's Christmas wish list or letter to Santa. I know adults who would want someone else to add to their family, a friend, a loyal furry companion this holiday.

In January I "Strategically" adopted our dog Bear. I had been asking for a dog all during Christmas. One day I just happened to be checking our our local Humane Society's Facebook page and ALL it took was ONE picture for me to fall in love! The local shelter had posted this picture:

Isn't he the most cuddly looking dog you've ever seen?

I immediately went down to the shelter as soon as they opened the doors to visit him and to see if he'd be a good fit for the family. He was very friendly and all around lovable! I filled out the paperwork to put him on hold so we could bring him home. I was told after a few days he could be released because he needed to be neutered and cleared from that before leaving the shelter. In the meantime of waiting for him to come home (about a week) I took my Teddy Bear out to visit with him and see if he'd like him too because we didn't really talk about it, I just saw Bear and had to have him, it was puppy love you could say! He liked him, even though he had tried to act a bit scolding towards to me but he was really surprised to see how calm Bear was and how he didn't jump around all crazy like some dogs do, he was past that part of puppydom. He would be a perfect fit for us and for our children.

Here is Bear today. He has come a long way from when we brought him home  from the shelter, you could tell he had an abusive owner before because he would cower down a lot as if we were to hit him, even if you tried to pet him. He was hard to get inside the house as he had most likely been an outdoors only dog. It took patience, bacon (he loves bacon), and a lot of love for him to not be soo shy and stressed out. He will come in the house with a bit of coaxing but does prefer to be outside. He is a great guardian and very protective and watchful of our family. We couldn't ask for a more loving and loyal dog!

He's really looking forward to some snow! He loved the snow we had back in February of 2014!

Be sure to check your local animal shelter and Humane Society if your planning on adopting a dog or a cat. Research and read up on the animal you are about to adopt. Don't just choose a pet without some sort of experience. Each pet is different, they all have different needs, personalities, and it does cost to have a pet. You must feed them, bathe/groom them, keep them up to date with shots, entertain them, and exercise them! Almost like children, right? Its a alot of responsibility, they are not accessories or just a fad for the moment. You want them to be in your life forever.

 I personally prefer to adopt a pet from the Humane Society/animal shelter because this way they will have all and or/most of their starting shots, most places they already microchip them, and they have a record of your animal if they end up going missing! Those are some extra benefits plus you are saving a life and that is the most important thing of all.

Choose wisely, educate yourself, and make a difference in a pets life today!
They will furever love you for it!

Check back for my 2nd post on how we adopted (yes again) from our local shelter during
the  "12 Strays of Christmas", your in a for a treat!  This one meows!

If you don't want to adopt and you would like to help support a shelter, we support The Humane Society of Eastern Carolina. Like them here.  You can also help donate, one thing I like is that they have their own Amazon Wish List, you can see it here.

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