Photos with the Easter Bunny- Saturday March 9th from 11-3
Hi! I am Maddie, I am about 2 years old and I am a Smooth Coat Chow Mix. I arrived in NY on Friday and have started living with my foster family. I have some great news… I am going to be a Mommy very soon.
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A dog should always be a considered choice and NEVER an impulse buy. Please help us spread the word about this during this high gift-giving season.
Janine Kahn | Nov 29th 2012 | From Dogster
We all have them. The in-law who unapologetically keeps an “outside dog.” Or the friend who thought it was cool to let the family retriever shack up with the dog down the street so her kids could witness the “miracle of life.” Or the coworker who surprised his fiancee on her birthday with a Yorkie puppy from the pet store.
And let’s be honest: They make us feel like complete failures as responsible pet people. Yes, our own dogs went to puppy socials, play with lead-free toys, and were “fixed” at an appropriate age. But maybe we didn’t share that article on where pet store puppies come from enough on Facebook, or made our stance on the benefits of spay/neuter loud enough for those in our immediate networks to hear.
As the holidays approach, so does an opportunity to educate the people around us on a timely issue: that of puppies being given as holiday presents without too much though or planning beforehand. I don’t know about you, but I cringe inwardly when I see stock photos of dogs with bows strapped to their heads displayed in wrapped boxes beneath Christmas trees. It’s an image that’s readily accepted all over the world. But that doesn’t make it right.
Because a puppy should never be:
1. A novelty item. One that was a smash hit on Christmas morning, but an undesirable chore in the post-holiday world. A dog is at the very least a 10-year commitment, and if your intended recipients are not up to the task, you have no business gifting them with one, no matter how much they tell you they find Pomsky dogs cute and adorable.
2. A stuffed toy. Some dogs might resemble one but again, the responsibilities associated with toy vs. dog aren’t remotely in the same region. And if your daughter is obsessed with Pomeranians, there’s a stuffed animal replica you can buy her.
3. An imposition. Just because you thought a puppy would make a great gift doesn’t mean the recipient does. When your big “surprise” goes south, are you prepared to care for the pup for the rest of its days? We hope your backup plan doesn’t involve dumping him at the already-overcrowded local shelter.
4. An impulse buy. If your family isn’t up to the commitment, you can’t just return that puppy to the pet store. It’s not unusual for puppies returned to pet shops to be put down in horrendous ways, either. Please, please, please do your homework if you’re adding a dog to the family. Research dog breeds to find the best fit. Find a breed-specific rescue group or a reputable breeder if you must have a purebred. Or go to the shelter as a family and make an informed decision together.
To be clear: We are not opposed to you adding a dog to the family during the holiday season if the addition is one planned far in advance. We only ask that you make an informed decision and not a knee-jerk one that is bad for everyone down the line. This time of year is notorious for last-minute impulse buys, so I hope you understand the concern.
If you’re a regular Dogster reader, you probably already know these things. But it’s highly possible there are people you know who don’t. You can help us reach those people by sharing this article, or using the graphics below on your Facebook and/or Twitter feeds. We hope they’ll be a great conversation starter for your friends and family.
Join the PawSafe crew as we become your waitstaff for a delicious and fun filled lunch at Biscotti’s in New Fairfield on March 31st! Bring the friends and family and help us raise funds for a shelter. $6.00 of every meal purchased will be donated to our cause. So enjoy lunch and know that you are supporting a great cause at the same time.
Meet darling little Adelle. She is a 12 week old Australian Shepherd mix with loads of spunk and personality. She is also in need of a little bit of your help. After Adelle was spayed she had a reaction to her external sutures and they needed to be removed earlier than the normal time it takes for stitches to dissolve.
Unfortunately, the day after this was done Adelle’s wound opened up while she was traveling here for adoption and thus found herself visiting the doggie ER. She was a very good patient and is now all bandaged up, on antibiotics, and pain medication. But Adelle still needs to have one last minor operation to clean up the area that was infected and close her wound with a different suture material.
Adelle’s medical care has come to almost $600 dollars so far not including any of her initial medical (shots, spay, etc). So Adelle is hoping that a whole lot of people will send $1.00 her way. Of course she’d be even happier if you wanted to send several more dollars in addition to the $1 she asking nicely for.Won’t you please help Adelle?
Once Adelle is all stitched up and recovered she will be looking for a wonderful home to call her own.