Sammy, the tan mix breed shown here, and his best friend, Laddie, are in need of a new home because they were adopted by someone who can no longer care for them. In fact, they were on in his care a few months before he changed his mind.
It reminds me of when my fiance and I adopted one of our dogs, Skye. She came from Pets and People, a no-kill shelter out in Yukon. The folks out there drilled us about whether we were really able to care for her and give her a home for the rest of her life. At the time, we were a little offended. We are responsible people, and we weren’t adopted her on a whim, even though discovering her was by chance. But there are people out there who don’t think adoptions through. Folks don’t imagine caring for an animal for potentially 15 years, the longer end of a domesticated pet’s lifespan.
That’s why Pets and People asks all potential adopters to consider these points before taking a pet home.
- - Think of how old you’ll be in 15 years.
- - How many times will you likely move? Are you willing to live somewhere that accommodates your animal?
- - What big things are coming in your life in the next 15 years? Marriage? Children?
- - If you’re getting a pet for your kids, how old will they be in 15 years? Are you willing to take care of the animal if your kids are grown.
- - Have you ever had to get rid of a pet? Why? Would things be different now?
So, if you’re interested in giving Sammy and Laddie a forever home, email me at email@example.com, and I’ll put you in touch with the dogs’ owner.
Staff Writer Carrie Coppernoll