THE IMPORTANCE OF ADOPTING YOUR CANINE OR FELINE COMPANION.... Taking the Initiative...

  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 25, 2008 1:48 AM GMT
    Well many of you know I'm a beagle lover. It hasn't always been the case.... while growing up, we had a number of family dogs, primarily poodles (they were mostly my parents dogs). They would be fed and cared for. Our german shepherd was never separated from my quarter horse, so
    it seemed....

    But I never had a real sensitivity about the plight of dogs, the importance of adoption and the special nature of a canine (or feline) relationship until my
    partner clued me in, one of the best things he has ever done.

    The number of animals that are abandoned and end up in shelters really bothers me. Of course we are all encouraged to have our companions sprayed & neutered.and of course, to be responsible. I'm always impressed by those people who go and adopt a dog from the shelter and give them a good home. One of my office staff did that earlier this year. While I didn't do that with my beagles, they were both given to me by others. I do, however donate and support the Kansas Humane Society.

    MikeCo took the initiative this weekend and adopted his new canine friend from a Denver shelter. Congrats Mike!!! A really wonderful thing to do.

    Mike can talk about his new addition, but are there others here that have adopted their companions in this way? What are the shelters like where you live??
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    Aug 25, 2008 1:51 AM GMT
    I've had success with adopting/rescuing dogs. My first was a rescued greyhound named Gangway from Colorado Greyhound Adoption, and recently I adopted a bloodhound mix named Coonie from the Denver Dumb Friends League. Both dogs have been sweet, gentle, and loving. Plus, rescued/adopted dogs, I believe, realize they've been taken out of a less than ideal living situation and are so appreciative of it.

    Another plus from getting a dog from the local humane society or a rescue group is that you are not supporting the puppy mills that churn out puppies with little regard for where the puppies end up. These mills are not following careful breeding practices. It's all about the money. Dogs that are caged for all their lives used as breeding machines. They never experience a hug, a scratch behind the ears, a gentle word, or a treat. Once their breeding career has come to an end, they're disposed of....like yesterday's news.
  • Tiran

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    Aug 25, 2008 1:53 AM GMT
    I didnt adopt my cat from the shelter. I got him as a kitten, free, to keep him from going to the shelter. When we got a cat for my ex we did get his from the shelter.
    I won't buy a cat or dog from a breeder, but I will get one from a freebie offer so it doesn't go to the shelter. If I get another one.
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    Aug 25, 2008 2:02 AM GMT
    I have always believed in adopting an animal from the shelter, unless I find the animal running stray, then I have been known to take that animal in and give him/her a good home with me.

    In 1996, I adopted a "problem" dog, a pointer at the Burbank Animal Shelter. I waited all week to adopt him, and he lived with me until he died of old age 9 years later. He did have a problem with bad behavior in his first 3 years, but he was also VERY smart, loving, protective of me and my cat, and just plain great to know. I named him Odus. He could even FLY!!! Well, okay, he could JUMP really high, but it SEEMED like flying!

    Odus and I made a movie together, and you can see it on my website, at...

    http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=1017825

    I miss my Odus. I hope you enjoy the movie. Let me know what you think.

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    Odus at Cabazon, CA.
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    Aug 25, 2008 3:09 AM GMT

    HndsmKansan,

    Congrats on the kids! We have three, but all were from breeders, one being a rescue we had to PAY FOR! $600.00!icon_eek.gif
    Our little white albatross Jack Russell. heh.

    I was involved with the local humane society in catching cats from a feral colony in our neighbourhood, getting them fixed, blood tests and shots, then re-released as they are largely untameable. It was a colony of about 30. The kittens were hand-raised by the society volunteers and adopted out. I became a feeding station for the twenty or so adults. Some became tamer after several years and have moved in with some of the neighbours. My immediate neighbour across the street took over the feeding duties of the rest when we moved last month. All's going well so far. Man I miss them all. My l'il orphans. We made a house for some that like to sleep on my neighbour's porch. Winters here get fairly cold. My neighbour's a real trooper and she's trying to domesticate some. One so far, our Mr Puss aka Cordova. He now lives in her house with her. Now she's working on his girlfriend. heh

    Ours dogs are 12 yrs, 11 yrs and 9 months, so when the oldest passes across Bill wants to rescue greyhounds that are usually put down after they can't run competitively any more. Horrible, eh? Biggest problem here are the endless backyard breeders of rotweiler/pitbull crosses. As more and more people migrate into condos, these dogs are finding life difficult to say the least.

    Our shelters here are all adopting a no kill policy and communities are not only supporting this, but now putting up money and time to help. Amazing.
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    Aug 25, 2008 3:12 AM GMT
    i rescued my kitty from an abusive home icon_smile.gif i love him very much

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    Aug 25, 2008 4:01 AM GMT
    There are so many grateful, kind, amazing dogs and cats hoping to find a home to call their own. Shelters and adoption agencies are overflowing. Some shelters can keep dogs and cats just three days before having to put them down in order to make room for more animals being brought in every day. If you have it in your heart - and would be willing to share your home with a homeless little animal - please do so. You may find yourself with a friend like no other.

    Also - please consider doing all you can to help support Pets In Need or some of the other great organizations that help care for and place pets who need a home. Some of us are doing all we can - others can join in as well. Your contributions are so badly needed - please help.

    Thank you for your consideration!
  • vindog

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    Aug 25, 2008 5:42 AM GMT
    I've always adopted....wouldn't do anything else.


    I have one of the greatest dogs in the world, she is featured in my profile pic.

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    Aug 25, 2008 6:08 AM GMT
    My beagle, Ethel, was rescued from almost certain death by a group called FLAG, which stands for Friends and Lovers of Animals in Goochland---that being a suburban county of Richmond, Virginia. They posted a picture of her at six weeks old in my vet's office, and I saw it and those huge liquid eyes and I knew she was coming home with me.

    Marty, my lab/dalmatian mix, I adopted from the Broward County Humane Society. It's a huge but very well-run facility, but it makes me very unhappy because it is NOT a "no-kill" facility. And I'm sure they have to put lots of animals down, especially the older ones that no one wants.

    That breaks my heart.
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    Aug 25, 2008 6:34 AM GMT

    Remus and Nana came from the local Humane Society. We don't know for sure, but suspect that he was perhaps abused (mildly) and ran away from home, lived a bit in the wild and then ended up at the shelter. He was probably about 9 months old at the time and very rambunctious. Wasn't quite yet housetrained and oddly for his breed (Plott Hound) didn't like being outside. In fact, he'd go right by the door as proof that it was time to let him back in. He's grown up quite nicely since and is a sweetie.

    Nana initially came from the Humane Society, too, but was so wild that she was brought back. She was about 1 year old and not fully housetrained (but at least she'd go in one corner of the basement rather than on a carpet). My suspicion is that she used to be crated most of the day (while previous master was at work) and at night... so no wonder she was a terror in the few hours she got to run around. She's still very energetic (which is typical for a Shepherd/Pitt mix) but she's a bundle of love.

    One of these days I hope to find the time to volunteer at the shelter. Or buy a huge place out in the country and adopt all the dogs no one else does....


  • TallGWMvballe...

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    Aug 25, 2008 6:36 AM GMT
    All my life me, my family and my lovers have always adopted rescue animals.
    Currently I live with a wonderful laza Apsu and a big fluffy, orange Main Coon Cat that actually uses the toilet! (no, he doesn't flush)
    These two are the sweetest most loving animal friends I have ever had.


    --- Ron
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    Aug 25, 2008 7:21 AM GMT
    Guys, even if you can't adopt consider this. Animal shelters are in desperate need of donations. I saw something on the news talking about how animal rescue organizations were getting overcrowded with pets that people no longer felt they could care for due to escalating food and fuel prices. A bag of food or a $10 donation every so often may not seem like a lot, but it can all add up if people take initiative.

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    Aug 25, 2008 9:23 AM GMT
    I always considered myself a dog person. Growing up, we always had at least 2 dogs.

    I don't have a yard in my condo now, so I decided to try a cat. My roomie and I went to the local shelter for a pet adoption. They had 2 litters of kittens they rescued. We went for 1 cat, but were taken by 2.

    They are absolutely my babies now. I can't imagine my home without them. Whoever said cats are cold and unloving was totally wrong. I wouldn't have it any other way. I love my babies.icon_lol.gif


  • MuslDrew

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    Aug 25, 2008 10:50 AM GMT
    Growing up my mother had 4 yorkshire terriers, all from private breeders. Never supported any pet shops. Living on my own, I decided to get a cat as they are less needy than dogs since I can have long days at work. My first cat was a gift from a client, bought at SICSA(society for the improvement of the condition of stray animals), the second was the most friendly stray cat who was always excited to see me or any of my neighbors. We were sure he was a pet as he was so friendly & trusting to strangers. When I saw him naping under a bush one time, I realized he was an incredibly friendly stray. So while my first cat would certainly be pissed about it, I moved him in.
    I also support SICSA, Humane Society & 10th Life whenever I can. Also, our local humane Society has 2 great fundraisers every year. Pet Afflair, a black tie dinner that people are encouraged to bring their dogs to. And Hair Ball, a cat themed fashion/hairstyle/make up show where salons compete for top honors. No cats permitted as they don't socialize like dos do. They're both fun if you're into that sort of thing.
  • SuneFL

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    Aug 25, 2008 12:57 PM GMT
    Hat's off to all of you guys. Not only are you pet(child) lovers, but you've bettered their lives through adoption.

    I rescued my Boston Terrier, Scooter about 6 years ago. He's a child of the abandonment and Shelter system. I learned a lot when I got him. Ever wonder why you see few pure breed dogs in shelters? It's because there are networks of people who have developed relationships with local shelters to get first dibs on all purebred dogs. Scooter came from the Boston Terrier rescue league. He is oversized for a BT and I have a suspicion that he was tossed-away because he wasn't AKC standard. I'm glad we found each other. He has filled my life with joy. Can you tell I'm a proud daddy? Oh damn... he wants to go for a walk.

    Bottom line, If you want a specific breed of dog, don't think you need to plop down thousands to a breeder. Get online, first. See if there is a rescue league in your area. If they're not close, don't worry. Sometimes these organizatiosn will find a way to get the dog (or cat) to you.

    great thread HndsmKansan

  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 25, 2008 3:32 PM GMT
    Well thanks, this is what I was hoping to hear. I appreciate all your concern and response.
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    Aug 25, 2008 3:37 PM GMT
    Just adopted a kitten "Tucker" from a Bay Area Cat Rescue mission

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    Aug 25, 2008 3:55 PM GMT
    All my dogs have been rescues. They live a wonderful life now. I'm happy that they want for nothing and are unending fountains of love.
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    Aug 25, 2008 4:06 PM GMT
    I have two cats... Buster and Tango. Love them! Both were rescue cats. From the tough times with boyfriends to the trauma of being fired, they have been with me through everything. Aside from my partner, they are my absolute best friends.

    Tango sleeps on top of Kelly every night. Buster by my side. Love our kitties icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 25, 2008 4:15 PM GMT
    Ever since I can remember, my families cats and dogs have come from the shelter. The BF and I just recently adopted a kitten from a rescue shelter about 2 weeks ago. icon_wink.gif
  • vindog

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    Aug 25, 2008 6:36 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidI also adopted a cat last year. He was a beautiful orange Tabby. It didn't work out as he was too hyper. He was only 1 year old. He was neutered but according to the vet it's still natural for them to make that oddly sounding call as if looking to mate. He started to do this when summer came around. In addition to this he was always trying to eat my plants. I curtailed this bad habit by sprinkling hot cayenne pepper on the plant leaves. This works very well. But he was just too hyper after awhile. He was getting worse. I tried to train him to be better. It got to the point that being in my house was all about tending him, reprimanding him. I finally got tired of scolding him and the stress that came with the process. So I took him back after having him less than a year.

    Maybe I would be better off with a dog.

    I like older pets. Kittens and puppies are cute, but once they enter that 'adolescent' stage they are too much for me to handle. I also live in a studio which may not be enough room even for a cat.

    Some of you may remember that I had a thread about the Sphinx breed. I'm not necessarily a pure bred enthusiast. I like animals, but if they break things, ruin furniture, are too hyper; they're not enriching my life. They're making it worse. So if this happens, they gotta go.


    Or you should have gotten a second cat, then they could have entertained each other.
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    Aug 25, 2008 6:51 PM GMT
    what a wonderful uplifting thread! The building I live in does not permit dogs, and while cats are allowed, I am very very allergic to their dander (as well as most of my family who often visit/stay with me).

    ... guess I will make a donation to the local shelter instead.
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    Aug 25, 2008 6:51 PM GMT
    YES adopt! Please! I've been volunteering at the humane society.. and while it's nice that they aren't on the streets getting ran over, it's still depressing. We are so over-crowded. When the pins are normally made to hold 2 dogs, they are holding 4 or 5. We recently had an outbreak of Parvo. It was not pretty. We had to put so many of them to sleep because we just couldn't care for them all. If you have the space, and are an animal lover, go to your local shelter, and adopt. It could be the best thing in your life, and the dogs/cats.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 25, 2008 7:44 PM GMT
    lilmaninsc saidYES adopt! Please! I've been volunteering at the humane society.. and while it's nice that they aren't on the streets getting ran over, it's still depressing.

    It could be the best thing in your life, and the dogs/cats.



    You are certainly to be commended for your efforts. I think the concern here is great. I'm really uplifted that you guys have such a sincere
    desire to help.
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    Aug 25, 2008 7:57 PM GMT
    I adopted Allie after seeing an adoption show at the mall about 10 years ago. Had to wait 3 days to pick her up ( which is good) and she pissed all over the lobby when they brought her out for me to pick her up. It was an immediate connection. My best friend!!!