volunteering – day 3.5

“Where are we GOin’?” (spoken in a low, slow hound voice)

on our way

Yesterday we went to Petsmart (where BARK has their adoption stand) to officially adopt Olivia. Even though we knew we were going to adopt her all along I was pretty pumped.

There were lots of people looking to adopt which was so great to see.

potential adopters!

The BARK volunteers were happy to see Olivia but sad to see her go since “she’s such a sweetie”. 🙂 One of them even said she looked like a totally different dog because she didn’t seem so scared! That made me very happy to hear, especially after hearing a new story about her past.

As I’ve mentioned before she had been at BARK for 14 months and before that she was at another rescue. Little did I know, the last ‘rescue’ had terrible living conditions. BARK actually saved 28 dogs from this place. The volunteer who told me the story said that all the dogs were very malnourished and just miserable. I’m now even happier I get to give her a whole new, happy life.

Back to the adoption.

It was a lengthy process or maybe it just felt like it because of the nasty weather. We had to buy Olivia a new collar and tag and show proof that we had our contact information on it. Then I had to fill out the paperwork and pay the adoption fee. Okay, on second thought, that doesn’t sound lengthy at all. It was definitely the cold rain that screwed up my sense of time!

my husband switching out the collars

Annnnd after that she was ours!

her new tag hidden between the hound jowls and ears

Since you can probably tell by now, I am very passionate about dogs and dog rescue so why would we adopt and not buy from a store or a breeder? Overpopulation. Dogs from stores are most likely from puppy mills (that could be a whole other blog post but I won’t get into it now) which is no good either. There are lot of independent breeders who do a great job of continuing the quality and health of a breed but I feel that overpopulation is too big of a reason to not rescue. Here are some facts that I found from the ASPCA website:

  • Approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats). Shelter intakes are about evenly divided between those animals relinquished by owners and those picked up by animal control. These are national estimates; the percentage of euthanasia may vary from state to state.
  • Twenty-five percent of dogs who enter local shelters are purebred.
  • The majority of pets are obtained from acquaintances and family members. About 15 to 20 percent of dogs are purchased from breeders, and 10 to 20 percent of cats and dogs are adopted from shelters and rescues.

Barf. That’s really depressing. It’s statistics like these that have made me realize that there isn’t an option, we must rescue. If you’re someone who only wants a purebred, why not find one at a shelter? My beagle friend Heidi is a beautiful purebred who we hope to foster. It may take a little while longer to find the breed you want but HEY you’re saving a life.

No matter where a dog or cat comes from you know they’ll give you lots of love and brighten your spirit, so why not help one in need?

comfy olivia

Thanks for listening!

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2 comments on “volunteering – day 3.5

  1. Amanda says:

    I’m so happy for you and your growing family. Dogs are the BEST! ❤

  2. Lauren says:

    She is so stinkin cute! Congrats on y’alls adoption!

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