Bringing Home Baby
Two of my co-workers, both reporters, got new pets this week! Nate and his fiancé brought home a sweet little puppy, Dolly, and Melissa got darling kitten. She hasn’t named him yet and is waiting for the inspiration to find the right one that fits his personality. What pleased me most about their pet news was that both adopted from areas shelters. Nate found Dolly at Precious Friends and Melissa picked out her kitty from Cats Are Us.
Melissa already had a cat and wanted a buddy for him. Dolly is Nate’s first, and he did what everyone should do when deciding on a pet: he didn’t rush, thought about what breed type he wanted and asked questions. He prepared and got all the bringing-home-baby supplies.
Melissa’s first cat is a bit miffed at having a youngster around, but she's introducing them slowly and not allowing them to be alone together unless she's supervising and until she knows they’ve come to an agreement. Dolly, like any new baby of the four- or two-legged type, cries sometimes at night, keeping her parents awake, but they are adjusting.
I hope everyone looking for a new pet goes to area shelters, as there are many wonderful pets just waiting there for a home of their own: The Clarksville or Dover Humane Society, Cats Are Us, Second Chance Happy Tails, Precious Friends, Montgomery County Animal Shelter (where pets have the least chance of getting a second chance). There are so many misconceptions about shelter pets, such as something must be “wrong” with them if they were given up. I can tell you after working for years with rescues, that what is wrong usually has nothing to do with the animal.
If you want a purebred, there are many rescues that focus on just one breed. Find them by searching Petfinder. Good pet stores like PetsMart, Pet Food Center and similar pet stores don’t sell dogs or cats, but feature only rescues. Why? They follow the guidelines of the ASPCA and Humane Society of the U.S. Puppy mills supply pet stores who sell pets for profit and no true professional breeder would ever sell to such a pet store, where pets are sold without proper screening and matching. Puppy mills and backyard breeders are horrible things you don’t want to support, because pets are churned out—often in horrendous conditions—simply to make a buck and with no concern for their health or well-being. What rescues charge is for things already done that you'd have to do anyway: spay or neuter,vaccines,worming, testing and screening.
I look forward to hearing the adventures of Dolly and the new kitty as they grow up, and am so happy that two more shelter pets were given the chance they all deserve! Share your stories of where your pets came from—that is, if you aren’t having troubles posting! Hopefully that will clear up soon!
posted by Sandy at 1/11/2007 01:23:00 PM