Why Not Me? Meet Four Lovable, Adoptable Pets for April
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.
Please take a few minutes to acquaint yourself with this month’s featured pets – Chunk, Harvey, Hero and Pippin.
Breed: Pit Bull Terrier
Age/Gender/Size: Senior / Male / Large (60+ lbs)
Likes: Long neighborhood walks, tug-o-war and snuggling with his people
Special Considerations: Will need a single-pet home, history of allergies
Contact: Forgotten Dogs Rescue (Seattle, Wash.)
Adoption Fee: $350 (covers neuter, vaccines, microchip)
At 13 years young, Chunk is a gentleman who has experienced a lot in life, but has come out the other end stronger, wiser, and all the more lovable. Chunk needed a little more medical attention than his previous home was able to provide when he first came to the shelter. After receiving care for some skin issues and recurring, chronic ear infections that went untreated, he is looking and feeling good.
Be ready to invest in some good super-chewer toys, for this guy has a propensity to demolish toys. He, however, is super well behaved and won’t destroy anything around the home. Chunk would love to wrap his paws around a basketball and take it apart – those are his favorite, other than a good game of tug-o-war. Chunk is keen on getting his steps in during the day too – he went on a 5-mile walk recently! Afterward, he is ready to crash on the couch and snuggle up to his family. Oh, and did we mention that Chunk LOVES kids?
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Age/Gender/Size: 4 years / Female / Small
Likes: Giving not so subtle nudges and catnip everything!
Special Considerations: Declawed, needs a kitty-free home, great with cat savvy dogs & mature kids
Contact: SpokAnimal (Spokane, Wash.)
Adoption Fee: Unknown
If you are ready to add some sass to your world, look no further than Harvey. She is a tortie through and through – a little strong-willed and definitely feisty. Harvey is in need of a home with some cat-savvy folks who are prepared to earn her trust. Harvey was declawed in her younger years, which makes her a bit wary of people. Once she has given you the green light however, Harvey is ready to receive lots of ear rubs and scritches. She isn’t afraid to give some nudges to remind you that it’s time for some love and affection, either. Though she will need a home without other kitties, Harvey does do well with dogs, as long as they are sassy-cat-savvy. Older kids that can respect Harvey’s boundaries are welcome as well.
Age/Gender/Size: 3 ½ years / Male / Large
Likes: Affection (giving & receiving!), doing the Greyhound lean
Special Considerations: No small dogs cats, had previous injuries to toes
Contact: Greyhound Pets, Inc. (Woodinville, Wash.)
Adoption Fee: $500 (covers transport, medical expenses, vaccinations, go-home supplies)
A former racing dog, Hero is hoping to spend his retirement years with a brand new furever family. He is an upbeat, curious boy that loves adventure, as well as being on the receiving end of lots of scratches and belly rubs. Hero is especially a pro with demonstrating the affectionate “lean” that his breed is so well known for. During his racing days, Hero had sustained some injuries to his toes, and did have one toe amputated. Due to this, he is unable to go for long walks and has a difficult time being on hard surfaces for any length of time. Carpets are definitely preferred. Hero does well with other greyhound friends, but will need to be in a home that does not have kitties or small dogs, due to ingrained prey instinct. We know that everyone needs a hero in their life – perhaps this Hero can be a part of yours.
Breed: Border Collie/Retriever
Age/Gender/Size: 2 years / Male / Medium
Likes: Toys, herding
Special Considerations: Anxiety, needs food aggression training. Would be best in a home with no other pets or small children
Contact: Whitman County Humane Society (Pullman, Wash.)
Adoption Fee: $175
Pippin is an extremely smart and energetic boy who loves to play with his toys and just wants to please. True to a Border Collie, he would do best in a setting where he has a job to do – a farm would be ideal. He knows how to sit and shake and is ready to learn more tricks with a patient owner. Pippin needs a special home as he’s bounced around a bit and suffers some anxiety and food aggression as a result. Potential adopters will be asked to line up a professional dog trainer before taking Pippin home to ensure a smooth transition. If you have the love and a job for this quirky pup to do, he will quickly become your employee of the week.
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.