Category: “Adoption Stories”

Benefits of Adopting Older Animals

Benefits of Adopting Older Animals

A small miracle happened here last week. Mia was adopted. Now we have animals adopted here all the time – and each one is special in their own way. Mia’s adoption was extra special because she was an 11-year-old Australian Shepherd mix. That is considered a senior dog by any standard. It’s hard to place older animals or those with special medical or behavioral needs. So those adoptions are considered little miracles.

We had just sent out information about Mia to about 70 rescue groups and posted her story on our Facebook page with a request for everyone to share so as to cast as wide a net as possible in the hopes of catching the one right home for her. I wish I could say that it was due to all this effort that she found a home, but I believe it was because of the positive energy we were sending out into the universe on her behalf.

Was it really coincidence that on that particular day an older woman told her son she needed a dog and they began their search? They came into the shelter and asked specifically if we had any mature, calm dogs, and lo and behold, who was the dog of the day in the front office (we rotate the dogs we bring up front to give everyone a chance to be seen and have a break from their kennels), but Mia! The rest, as they say, is history, and our senior dog found her way into a new home.

Adopting an older animal has its benefits. Because the animal’s personality is pretty well set, you can tell if you are getting a lap cat or a more aloof companion. A barker or the strong, silent type. Someone who would enjoy the dog park or a couch potato. You don’t have to wonder how big they will grow or how long the fur will get. Older animals won’t climb up the curtains and will be housebroken. Most senior animals know and appreciate lap-time and take full advantage of whatever quiet bonding opportunities they can get. Quite unlike a young kitten or pup that’s always on the go and getting into trouble. How many dogs grow up thinking their name is “No, no, bad dog!”

We had another wonderful older cat that we needed to have a mircle happen to him. Bert is the sweetest cat and is really social – just say his name and he comes over for pets. He wouldn’t dream of wasting a perfectly good lap – if you are sitting anywhere within his “lap radar” he will find you and climb aboard. Although he is tolerant of other cats and kids, he has told us that he’s really not into dogs. At only 12 years old, Bert still has a lot of time and love to give. Bert was happily adopted this last Saturday and couldn’t be more pleased with his new forever home.

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A canine love story for Valentine’s Day

Do you believe in coincidence, or are some things predestined?  I think you will agree that the number of coincidences in this story is remarkable and makes you wonder if there wasn’t something bigger at play.  Call it a love story – or just an amazing adoption story; either way I think you’ll like it.

Ed K. came into the shelter just over a year ago looking for a new dog to train as his hunting partner.  We just happened to have a young, shy Blue Tick hound dog that came in as an owner surrender due to allergies in the family.  Her name was Lucy, and she was very sweet and timid.  We took our time working with her, trying to build her confidence and trust.  She had just been moved up to adoptions, and Ed thought he was just the guy to continue the work with her.  He adopted Lucy and took her to his home in Rohnert Park.

Flash forward about 10 months and the shelter gets in a Pointer-mix as a stray.  Sadly, there was no collar or microchip on this handsome guy.  We guessed him to be about a year old and named him Duckie.  He was held the full week of stray time and no one came looking for him, so Duckie started the process to become available for adoption – temperament test, health exam to update all vaccines and test for heartworms, neuter, microchip, bath and then the move into the adoption wing.

We don’t often get the hunting breeds in because we are in such a suburban area.  We may get one hound or pointer in a year compared to some of the more common breeds like Chihuahuas and pit bulls.  So imagine our surprise when right after Duckie was moved to adoptions, we got in a stray female Blue Tick hound.  Where were all these hunting dogs coming from?  A quick scan revealed a Found Animal microchip, which is always an exciting event because then we can activate the alert system with just a click of the mouse.  An automated system sends out a text message, an email and a phone message saying that the animal has been found and is at the shelter.  It also gives us info on the animal and the owner as well as any additional contacts that might have been entered into the database.  Surprise, surprise, it turned out to be a more mature Lucy.

Ed came immediately after work that day to reclaim his errant dog and while waiting for the paperwork to be finished decided to wander into our adoption wing.  Who happened to be in the same kennel that Lucy had originally been in so many months ago?  Duckie!  Coincidence?  Ed admired the pointer and noticed that he was on hold (meaning an adoption was pending).  He thought about it and asked if he could be considered as a backup if for any reason the adoption didn’t go through.  Then he collected Lucy and went home.

A couple of days later the people who had Duckie on hold called back to say that they changed their minds and to please take the hold off.  We immediately called Ed and had him come in with Lucy to do a dog-to-dog introduction.  I think you can tell where this story is going because the two hit it off immediately.  And they’ve been best pals ever since.

Ed claimed that Lucy had never escaped from his yard before so what possessed her to sneak out on that particular day?  Do you think she ran away to find her new BFF?  Thank goodness for her microchip so her dad could be contacted to come in and claim her and meet Duckie.  Personally, I think it’s a great Valentine’s story – and makes you marvel at how it all happened – way too many coincidences for me.