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SPCA Afternoon

I haven’t been to the SPCA in a few weeks.  I don’t go when I’m fostering, which I was doing for two weeks in January.  And then last week, I was sick for pretty much the entire week (and I’m still dealing with it…it has to be the weather changes).  Anyway, this week, I did manage to spend some time with the pups at the SPCA, so I have more pretty pictures to show you!

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This is Rocco.  He was super calm and a little clingy on our walk.  He didn’t pull at all, but he was right up next to me through most of the walk.  I think he’s just a big love.  He loved getting petted and loved on.  Such a sweetie.  (Also, he was adopted too!  Yay!)

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Charlie is a bundle of energy.  He’s also pretty smart as well.  He sat really well, and was patient when I put on his leash for our walk.  He’s not very keen on other dogs, though.  However, when it was just us, he was very sweet, just enjoying the afternoon, taking in all the smells on our walk.

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Dem is gorgeous.  She was also very patient when I leashed her.  She didn’t jump at all and knew the sit command as well.  She was so sweet.  I know I say that about pretty much all the dogs I encounter, but they really are just sweet dogs.  I can tell how much they just long to have a someone to call home!

Have you worked in a shelter before?  Do you get teary eyed when they get adopted?

It’s a Holly Doggy Christmas!

This week, I had the opportunity to volunteer at an SPCA special event.  It’s called Home for the Holidays and it’s a combination raffle and dog adoption event.  It was my first experience, and we were quite busy!

Mainly, I took care of the dogs – feeding them during dinner time and walking them.  I also answered any questions that people had about certain dogs.  I stayed with the older dogs but they also had puppies there as well.  That day there were five adoptions, so it was pretty fun!

I was drawn to these two chihuahua mixes, 5-year-old Nutmeg (the brown one) and six-year-old Trixie (the black and white one).  Nutmeg was super cute.  She had this whine that sounded like a chirp, and she would stick her nose or paws out of the crate to try to get people’s attention.  Trixie was more low energy, but she loved to snuggle under my chin when I held her to take her outside for a bathroom break.

I worked with other dogs as well, but I didn’t manage to get their pictures.  I spent a lot of time answering questions.  Since a lot of the dogs came from the other SPCA site, I didn’t know a lot of their background story, however each dog had medical and behavioral notes so I was able to answer most of the other questions.

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All of the dogs at the event were able to be adopted right then (the two girls at the table were filling out adoption information for the dogs who went home that day).  They were all up to date on shots and check ups.  They are also microchipped and spayed/neutered.  All they need now is for their forever families to come adopt them and take them home!

Do you work with any charities during the holidays?

Have you ever gotten a pet for ChristmasMy rat terrier was a Christmas present.

 

Tips to Adopting a Dog

I haven’t been to the SPCA in a couple weeks, because I’m fostering this dog.

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However, the last time I was there, I managed to work with a few dogs, and some of them have already been adopted!  The turn-around rate at the SPCA is pretty fast.  I’m only able to go in once a week and I’m always seeing a slightly different group every week.  Some pups stick around longer than others, but they all seem to find their forever homes.

If you are thinking about adopting, I can give you a couple of tips.  The shelter can be taxing on even the best dogs.  It’s hard to know the real dog when you only see them under a high stress situation.  One suggestion would be to ask to see the dog in different environments.  The SPCA where I volunteer has a garden, a play yard, indoor meet and greet rooms, and the kennels.

I have seen dogs behave completely different outside versus inside, or even just being moved to one of the private indoor rooms, away from the noise of the adoption floor.  Going into different environments can give you some idea of how the dog will do in your home environment.

Plus, the staff interacts with these pups the most, so they are also a huge asset in learning more about the dog you want to adopt.  Ask them questions.  Tell them about your lifestyle.  Are you looking for a running buddy?  Or are you looking for a dog to play with your kids?  Each dog goes through a behavior test when they come in, and are continually monitored by behaviorists, behavior volunteers, as well as medical volunteers and staff.  If they have been fostered, then the foster will usually have more information about how the dog did in their home.  So don’t forget to ask and be open to suggestion.  You might just find your new best buddy!

I’ve learned so much from working with the SPCA.  But my favorite part is getting to be a part of these dogs’ lives on their way home!  This post isn’t sponsored, I just love this organization so much, and the dogs here are so well taken care of.  If you are looking for a companion, I would encourage you to check out the SPCA at spcafindapet.com.  You never know just who you will find!