I remember the day vividly. My friend Gillian and I were on our way to Candlestick Park to watch the San Francisco 49ers play against the Seattle Seahawks, when my husband Kent called me.
Without preamble he asked, “How do you feel about puppies?”
“What do you mean, how do I feel about puppies? I love puppies. You know that” I replied.
“Well”, he said slowly “the local animals shelter is here at Petsmart, and there are some really great dogs that need homes.”
“Go on” I prompted.
“Kinsey and I though we’d just say hello and pet a few, but one of the puppies climbed into Kinsey’s lap, and he doesn’t seem to want to leave it.”
“I think there is only one thing you can do” I responded. “You better adopt him. Clearly this dog needs a lap.”
And that is how Toby came into our life.
Four years later I received a similar call from Kent. The only difference is that we were now living in the Austin area. He and Kinsey had gone to Petsmart to pick up some dog food for our two other rescue dogs. The animal shelter was there with puppies. A few minutes in the meet and greet room was all it took to fall in love with Shiloh, 8 pounds of boundless energy and never ending kisses. Would I like a black dog this time to go with our brown one?
The answer of course was a resounding yes.
A year later the three of us were out doing errands, only this time there was no dog food to be purchased. We did however have to drive passed the pet food store when I happened to see a beautiful black and tan dog. She was sitting alone, looking forlorn and frightened, as streams of people walked passed her without a glance.
“Park the car!” I bellowed. “I need to say hello to that dog.”
What can I say? Dogs are my kryptonite. One look into her sad, brown eyes, and I knew we had just found our third rescue dog.
Meet Toby, Shiloh, and Daisy. They are spoiled rotten. I offer no excuses, they are family and bring us great joy. Baby talk is freely spoken and they are allowed on the furniture. Yes, even the bed!
Unfortunately, not all dogs who enter the shelter are this lucky. Of all the pets in American homes, only 29% were adopted from a shelter or rescue organization. Each year approximately 3-4 million pets are adopted, but 2.7 million still lose their lives for lack of a home.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
December 2nd is Celebrate Shelter Pets Day.
Seventeen million people will acquire a pet within the next year. The Shelter Pet Project, a collaborative effort between The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund®, and the Ad Council, would like to encourage all prospective pet owners to adopt shelter and rescue pets. I can assure you, there is a dog or cat out there that would love to be a part of your family.
I am pleased to be working with Element Associates to bring you information about pet adoption from The Shelter Pet Project, a collaborative effort between The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund® and the Ad Council.
If you are thinking of adopting a dog or cat, I would like to encourage you to visit TheShelterPetProject.org to learn more about pet adoption. Share this post on your social media pages and get the word out that the best dogs and cats out there can be found at your local shelter and use #shelterpetlove.