Why Not Me? Meet Dallas!
We’ve partnered with Pawsitive Alliance for the #WhyNotMePets campaign to give difficult-to-home pets an extra paw up. These lovable pets are ready to find their forever homes.
Age/Gender/Size: 11 years / Male / Medium (less than 60 lbs.)
Likes: Car rides, leisurely walks and snoozing
Special Considerations: Gets along well with other dogs and kids, felines unknown
In November, Healthy Paws continues to celebrate “Adopt a Senior Pet Month”. This week we introduce Dallas, a distinguished older gent that is in need of a new, loving fur-ever family. Dallas is available for adoption through Charlie’s Foundation. They are a 501c3 not-for-profit charitable organization based in the Pacific Northwest, advocating for awareness and bettering the quality of life for senior canines like Dallas.
Dallas may be an older boy, but don’t let his age fool you – he still has lots of pep in his step, and still partakes in the Boxer zoomies. He loves an understated game of fetch as well, and is always eager to share his ball with his playmates. Languid walks about the neighborhood are very much enjoyed, and if you follow with a chauffeured cruise about the town and a long, snoozy nap, you will have acquired a bestie for life. Just be prepared for some sloppy kisses in return.
Hand-in-hand with Dallas’ senior status, his hearing and eyesight (particularly his left eye) aren’t quite as sharp as they used to be in his younger days. Dallas for sure gets quality zzzzz’s with this, however, keep in mind that he can startle easily if awoken suddenly. He just needs a more gentle approach when being woken from his slumber. Though Dallas would prefer to lounge on your couch or a smooshy dog bed during the day, he is crate trained and does well on a preferred schedule of potty breaks every five hours or so.
Dallas is currently living with a few dogs (large size), male and female alike. At this time we are not sure as to his preference for kitties, so a dog-only home would be best. Kids are welcome as well — since his senses aren’t as keen as they used to be, youngsters over the age of 10 would be best in terms of respecting his less than perfect hearing and sight.
This sweet old buddy would love to spend his golden years with a new family that can provide him with the special TLC, attention and affection that all senior pets deserve. Charlie’s Foundation is currently accepting applications for adoption from homes in Washington state only. To learn more about the process, you can access their adoption FAQ’s from their website, at https://www.charliesfoundation.com/adoption-faq-s. Dallas’ profile can also be viewed here. Like other pets adopted through Charlie’s Foundation, Dallas is neutered and up to date on vaccinations. As they operate solely on donations, grants and fundraising, an adoption fee may apply.
People are sometimes surprised to find out that most animal shelters have an adoption fee. They might think, “Wait a minute! You got this animal for free so why are you charging me to take it off your hands?” This way of thinking ignores both the costs of housing animals as well as their medical care.
Here are some of the things your adoption fee usually covers:
- Spay/neuter for dogs and cats of age
- Vouchers for spay/neuter for puppies and kittens too young to be altered
- Deworming and parasite medication
- Core vaccines
- Microchipping (at some shelters)
All of these services are recouped in the standard adoption fee, but at a fraction of what you would have to pay most veterinarians. In fact, adopting a pet at a shelter is a net financial gain for most responsible pet parents in terms of the cost of care.