Seven pets currently call this casa their home - Magick, Mara, Mystery, Sabbath, Grim, Captain, and the Grumpy Princess. Each one of them were a rescue, stray, or adopted from the shelter. All of the pets I have had in my life before them with the exception of Bear, one of my Corgis, were rescues or strays. Even our beloved Pudgy Princess was a throw-away to someone else. I have to tell you, I've had some of the most awesome pets with hardly any problems - while I've heard others who have purchased their pets have problem after problem. Just because you purchase (or adopt) from a breeder does NOT save you from health or behavior problems. Bear, the one Corgi I actually paid to adopt from a really great breeder, is also the pet that I've had the most health problems with. Most of the seven years he was alive was spent battling one health problem after another - he had the worst allergy problems the vet clinic had ever seen before. (I jokingly say that I helped build their new addition with my tab there alone!)
I'm telling you this because I'm joining in to raise awareness about The Shelter Pet Project, a public service campaign from The Humane Society, Maddie's Fund and the Ad Council. There are so many cats, dogs, even rabbits, horses and chickens stranded in shelters across the USA at this very moment in need of a loving home. I'm not one to say bringing in a new pet during the chaos of the holidays is a great idea - far from it - but if you're like us, and celebrate low-keyed, it might actually be a good time to adopt!
Picking up toys is a daily occurrence here too. Maybe I should hide the toys a little better, LOL
So go adopt. If you can't adopt, help by donating old blankets and toys, or pick up an extra bag of dog food on your next trip to the grocery store and donate that - many shelters are struggling as donations are down. They are also in need of volunteers to intact with the animals and walk the dogs, too. The Grumpy Princess asks you to:
And how could you say no to that face? If you're planning to bring a new pet into your home, choose to adopt not buy. If you'd really like a specific breed - you know I am all about Corgis - get in touch with a breed specific rescue organization. Many times they even have young puppies available because someone thought a puppy would be a good idea, and it didn't work out like they planned.
No one's paying me to post this. I'm doing it out of LOVE and HOPE that other pets will find a great home.