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‘Fall’ for a Dog From a Shelter

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My dog, Pete, attracts lots of attention on our walks—he jumps for joy like his legs are made of pogo sticks, seeming to defy gravity as he launches his sizable frame skyward. Along with “Did you teach him to do that?!” (answer: no), people are always asking me, “Where did you get him?” I guess they just assume that I bought Pete from a breeder, because his flowing mane resembles a golden retriever’s. It’s fun to see their surprise when I tell them that Pete is a mutt and that I adopted him from an animal shelter.

October is “Adopt a Shelter Dog” Month, and if you’re ready to commit to caring for a canine companion, there is no better place to find your new best friend than a shelter or rescue group. Shelters are overflowing with dogs of all ages, personalities, and sizes—mutts and purebreds. Just make sure that your lifestyle, activity level, and experience will make you a good fit for the animal you’re considering. For a nominal adoption fee—hundreds less than what breeders typically charge—your new family member will likely go home neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, and microchipped.

Pete has become such an important part of my life that it’s difficult to think about what might have happened if I hadn’t adopted him. Every year, shelters must euthanize 3 to 4 million dogs and cats because breeders, pet stores, and people who don’t have their animals sterilized bring more animals into a world that is already tragically short on good homes. Let’s help change that this October by having our animal companions spayed and neutered and opening our hearts and homes to a lovable, one-of-a-kind dog from a shelter.

This article originally appears on PETA.org.

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    John Rogers says...

    October 8th, 2011, 6:41 am

    Pete is a very handsome guy and something of a character too. My two dogs are both rescue animals too. There are so many abandoned dogs and cats in Spain.
    Honey looks a lot like Pete and probably has some collie and golden retriever in her lineage. Her fur is so soft that there may even be a few rabbit genes there too!
    Buddy is smaller in size but big in character. He probably ia a mixture of sheltie and Yorkshire terrier.
    Together they have found numerous abandoned kittens and pups and are quite happy to share their home with 4 of the cats that are now permanent residents. Buddy finds them and Honey nursemaids them while they are tiny and then she reverts to her other favourite role of “playmate in chief”.
    My wife and I may have given these guys a home but they have given us so much more!
    Keep up the good work.
    Regards.
    John.

    S. says...

    November 8th, 2011, 5:42 pm

    Just make sure that your lifestyle, activity level, and experience will make you a good fit for the animal you’re considering.

    Martin says...

    November 14th, 2011, 7:16 pm

    I always adopt, because if you don’t, all those dogs get killed! :(
    I’m actually looking for people to become involved in a film I am making about a dog rescue. After inadvertently causing a horrific accident, Kurt Lawson has lost all hope and feels that nothing can turn his life around, until he finds Dakota, a siberian husky who is much more than just any other dog.

    If you anyone reading this is interested, we are looking for small donations to help bring this film to the big screen. You’ll get credited and can get some great publicity as well.

    Help us show (through this film) everyone across the country how much dogs are really worth!

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/martinbentsen/dakota-the-movie

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