I watched him as he looked out the window, a nervous look on his face. I couldn’t help but wonder what must be going through his mind. A once beloved member of a family. Now one who had fallen through the cracks of a broken home.
A few miles into the trip, he finally relaxed a little. At first he found solace by resting his big block of a head against my shoulder. Eventually he laid down and took a short nap.
I looked at him and with his deep, soulful brown eyes, he seemed to be asking, “Where are we going?” Fortunately I was able to say, to the beautiful, large, brindle boxer, appropriately named Gentle Man, “I’m taking you to Boxer Luv Rescue. They’re going to take care of you and find you a new, loving, forever home.”
Unlike many of the other dogs who end up at the Humane Society of Central Arizona — like Coy and Gizmo, who are mixed breed dogs — Gentle Man has the advantage of a wonderful rescue organization just for his breed. But these days, even they are struggling for space and volunteers. The overwhelming numbers of companion animals who find their way into shelters, rescues and, sadly, pounds across the country are far more than there are good homes.
It’s time for us all to accept our responsibility to these creatures — because they matter. So please, if you’re looking for a specific breed of dog, don’t buy — rescue. And don’t breed for profit. Give the many beautiful animals who are already here, just waiting, a chance at a wonderful life.
I handed the leash to the friendly man who would lead Gentle Man into the first steps of his new life. And with tears in my eyes I whispered, “Good luck, Gentle Man. Good luck.”
Smokey is a 5-year-old Pit Bull mix. She was found tied to a tree in Mesa Del on Dec. 31, 2009. When we took her to the vet, she was found to have a very bad infection in her uterus, which was fixed with medicine. She was also spayed and given all her current vaccinations. She can seem like she’s “kennel shy” and will require a patient but experienced owner to help bring her out of her shell, nurture her and provide her a safe, loving environment. She will need a home without cats, and a home visit will be required prior to her adoption. We do encourage any interested parties to bring along their current dog (if any) to meet Smokey beforehand to be sure everyone likes each other. She is a calm, affectionate lady who is looking for someone to share her life with. Could that be you?
Candie was brought in as a stray in February by some kind people who saw her all alone near the Sheriff’s Office. She is a very sweet girl with a calm, mellow temperament and an affectionate personality. She gets along well with other dogs, but does need to be supervised at play time. She does well on a leash and when riding in a car. This amazing gal has been spayed, is up to date on her shots and is ready to find her forever, loving home. She doesn’t like to be outdoors during bad weather, so please do not plan on locking her outdoors. A home visit will also be required for our special girl, so please prepare it with a soft bed, toys, snack and most of all LOVE!
This 2-year-old Heeler mix was turned over by his owners because they could no longer afford to care for him, nor did they have the time to keep him mentally stimulated. He is very smart, fun-loving, outgoing and is used to being around kids. He likes to play fetch, and loves to chew on doggie bones. He gets along well with other dogs and enjoys playing for hours. He has the cutest face, and a spunky personality. He is a water dog for sure, and loves to play and splash in the kiddie pool in the play yard. He is a high-energy dog who will require lots of activities. Since he scores very good on basic obedience and manners, we feel he only needs that special family to make his life complete.
Doodle is a 3-year-old Lab/Hound mix. He was turned over by his owner because of a divorce. A kind neighbor and friend of the family came and fostered Doodle for about a month, until he and their small dog got into a disagreement. However, despite that one issue, Doodle does do well with other dogs. He is house and leash trained and rides well in a car. He is great with children and even likes cats. He is neutered, current on shots and he loves to play ball and chew on his bones. Doodle would make a great addition to a loving, active family, where he can be loved and cared for and feel like he belongs. Could that family be yours?
Sparky is a very gentle 1-year-old Shepherd mix who was originally adopted from the us when he was 4 weeks old. His owners decided to turn him back over to us since he continually got out of the yard and he had a recent encounter with javelina. Sparky really is a great dog. He is good around children of all ages and minds his manners remarkably. He gets along with other dogs and already has many friends at the dog park. Please keep in mind, he will need a secure, fenced yard and lots of exercise and activities to keep him healthy. He should not be kept tied up or locked in the back yard, but rather made a member of your family.
Radar was picked up as a stray near the hospital in September 2009. He was recently adopted in January 2010 to his original owners, but ended up being turned over to us again in February 2010 by someone different. He seems to have bounced around quite a bit and we feel this needs to stop. He has been neutered and is current on his shots, gets along fine with other dogs and walks well on a leash. He is friendly with children of all ages and rides well in a car. He is an outgoing dog with the energy and desire to go on long walks and hikes. He will make a great family dog, and is ready to come home with you today. Do you have the room, love and willingness to share your life with him? He sure does for you!