Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Adopt the internet day

Today is "adopt the internet day," a day devoted to getting the word out about all the wonderful adoptable pets just waiting for a new home.  And maybe that home is with you.

I want to make the plea for older and especially adult black dogs.  You see, those are often the ones who linger the longest in shelters.  Big black dogs are passed up time and time again for dogs that are smaller, lighter colored, and for puppies.  The reasons people cite are many.  The three favourites are:

1. They're hard to photograph.



2. Their expressions are hard to read.



3. They look "scarier" than dogs who are lighter.



Dahlia, whose pictures are featured above was one such shelter dog.  She was dumped out on the streets of southern Ohio and brought to a high kill shelter.  Where no one wanted her.  Despite the fact that she was sweet and well-behaved and beautiful.  She was ignored by everyone coming into the shelter and quickly put on the euthanasia list.  Luckily a rescue saw her and agreed to take her in.  I helped transport her out of that shelter and instantly fell in love with her.  She's the best dog, better than I could have even imagined any dog could be!

So please, when you're looking into adopting a dog, consider some wonderful adult black dogs.  They make wonderful pets.

Consider Midnight for a moment.  This pretty girl came from an abusive home, but is a sweetheart looking for a new home.  She could use some love!


Or maybe Prancy is more up your alley.  She's just two years old, calm and sweet, loves other dogs, and is great in the car.  Just look at her!  Wouldn't she make a great hiking companion?


And if those two aren't up your alley, there are literally thousands more on Petfinder.com.  Check them out!  I'm sure you can find a companion who would fit your lifestyle.

1 comment:

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