Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Pound puppy - four years on

Enjoying the beach, April 2013.
Remember Mr B, the Rhodesian Ridgeback-cross adopted back in 2009 into a loving family? This former shelter dog is living it up on the Central Coast of New South Wales.

But it may not have been. His current owners, having spotted his profile online, travelled interstate to meet him – only to meet the wrong dog. Mr B had a doppelganger who was too boisterous for the would-be owners.
As they left the shelter, disappointed, a staff member asked who they had come to see.

“Mr B,” they replied.

“Oh, he’s out on a walk,” she said. Then entered Mr B – calm, collected, gorgeous...and they never looked back. A few minutes and it might not have been.

Instead, he’s enjoyed four wonderful years in a loving home – and counting. If you're thinking about it, just remember that adopting a shelter animal can make untold difference to someone.

1 comment:

  1. Shelley - Paws And ThinkMay 2, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    So True... Many shelter animals are in there not necessarily because of a 'fault' they have, but due to a change in circumstances of their prior owners. Some owners have a perception that if they move house/interstate, have a baby, get a new job, have an accident, etc. that they should release their much loved pet into a shelter for someone else to adopt because owning a pet no longer suits their lifestyles. Some animals end up in shelters due to owners deteriorating in health mentally or physically or pass away and can no longer care for their pets or family members cannot help out and the pet 'deserves' a new home.
    Pets that are in shelter care can deteriorate mentally the longer they are in care. They do get provided the basic health care but due to limited funds, time and space they generally miss out on what we could classify as ‘luxury’ (i.e. swimming, walks through the park, snuggles on the couch, massage). Animals in shelter could be quite distressed being in such a new environment or being there for a prolonged period of time that they show behaviours classified as ‘undesirable’ which can make them more difficult to rehome. Some shelter animals require stability and that little bit of extra time in a new home to be able to feel safe, comfortable and relaxed enough to show who they really are. Most responsible shelters and foster homes let you adopt a new pet for a ‘trial period’ to see if they suit your lifestyle - give it a try... it’s hard not to fall in love sometimes with the dog that acted like a crazy jumping loon in the shelter only to find out they just wanted to come home with you and sleep quietly on your bed (or face).


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