Wow, Kat was right when she said “who knew we were so lucky.” How interesting to hear how other parts of the world deal with animals. I can’t say I’d ever be as brave as Kat to take that journey, but it was amazing to hear her story.
So, I’m sure you’ve all heard that October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month? October just so happens to be my favorite month, and not just because it’s my birthday month either. Adopt a Shelter Dog is such a great event. We even honor it by running an amazing adoption special for all of our dogs.
The weather is beautiful, you’re feeling great … why not extend the happiness by adding a new companion? We have plenty to choose from. In fact, I think I’ll pick my personal top six pets that you should consider adopting. Now this is going to be a little difficult picking just six, but easy because of how wonderful they are.
Encourage your friends and family to participate in Adopt a Shelter Dog Month by going to their local shelter and adopting a new pet today. Who knows, you could be saving a life.
Unfortunately for me, I am not allowed to have animals where I live. If I could, I would not be writing about these dogs and cats because they would be home with me. So, the best thing I can do for them is to tell you about them and to make you see why you should adopt one of them.
My first pick is Duke. What a delightful dog. He is past the chewing and rough-housing stages of a puppy, and knows how to behave. He is an easygoing dog who enjoys sniffing around in the backyard and taking leisurely walks every day. He can be trusted around children and other dogs and can go out to the play yard with any dog here. It honestly blows my mind that he is still here. If only people knew what they were missing by not adopting Duke.
My second pick is George. What a handsome cat. His beautiful, orange marbled coat is soft and shiny. And here’s a plus — he is front paw declawed, so he won’t be tearing up your couches. His personality speaks for itself, ’cause boy is he friendly and affectionate. This cat runs to the front of the cat house if he thinks you’re coming in to love on him and the other kitties. He is friendly with the other cats and would make a great companion for someone who loves to have a cat in their lap often.
My third pick is Wednesday. She is so shy and timid, but she really does love when you hold her and scratch behind her ears. I would recommend a home for her that is calm and quiet. All this little girl needs is an affectionate person to love on her and help her loosen up and feel relaxed and secure. Keep in mind that this timid girl may be shy at first, but with patience, kindness and love she will be loyal and loving to her new family.
My fourth pick is Toby. Here is another amazing dog that I’m shocked hasn’t been adopted yet. Toby is your typical lab. He loves kids, the water, is super smart and very obedient. He is so good with kids I would say he needs to be in a home that has children. He is going to make a wonderful sidekick. If you’re going swimming, so is he. If you’re going for a ride, so is he. If you’re looking for a new best friend, guess what? So is Toby.
Maynard is my fifth pick. I wasn’t sure what to really think of him when he first came in to HSCAZ. He looked a little frightened and had a distinct meow that none of us really knew how to take. But when I stopped and spent some time with him, I realized he is one of the sweetest cats I’ve ever encountered in my four years working here. He gets along just fine with the other cats, but his main focus is you. He is so set on giving and receiving all the love and scratching you can possibly give him that nothing else going on around him even matters. He is going to be a lap cat for sure, but you will feel so special and appreciated, you will gladly give up your lap for him anytime he wants.
My sixth and final pick is Bella. This little girl just puts a smile on my face when I see her. It probably has something to do with the smile on her face and the way her entire body moves because she is wagging her tail so fast and hard when she sees me. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a dog be so happy to see someone they know and love. Bella is definitely going to be very affectionate and loyal to her new owner, that’s just how she is. She likes to be out doing things with you, like gardening, hiking or even lounging around while you read a book. She will be your best friend and will greet you with a smile when you come home from shopping or work.
So I hope you can understand why I think these dogs and cats are so amazing and why you should consider adopting one of them, or coming down and looking at all of our adorable adoptables. Remember, adopt a friend, save a life.
The animal shelter is located at 812 S. McLane Road, just south of Main Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily (excluding holidays). For more information, call (928) 474-5590 or visit us online at www.humanesocietycentralaz.org.