Why Not Me? Pets for September
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 – Roxy, Audrey, Mello, and Emmett.
Breed: Lab Mix
Age/Gender/Size: 6 years / Female / Medium
Likes: Squeaky toys, sniffing out adventure
Special Considerations: Adult only home, single pet household only
Contact: Homeward Pet Adoption Center
Adoption Fee: $175
Quite the spunky adventure seeker, you would never guess that Roxy is six years old. She is truly a puppy at heart and tends to catch a case of the zoomies now and then. Roxy needs a new furever home, somewhere she feels safe and at ease. Roxy is super smart, loves to learn new things, and is all too eager to show off her skills with a squeaky toy. She will need a home with a fenced-in yard where she can run around and explore her surroundings. Always up for a good scent trail, one never knows where Roxy’s nose may take her.
When it comes to new situations, Roxy can be a little hesitant, but we know that with a family that shows patience and prowess with taming anxious behaviors, she will truly blossom. If you would like to meet Roxy or would like more information, we invite you to contact Homeward Pet today. Click here for more information about the adoption process.
Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier Mix
Age/Gender/Size: 3 years / Female / Large
Likes: Cookies, dashing through sprinklers and chasing after the water hose
Special Considerations: Single pet household only
Medical Condition: Hypothyroid
Contact: Seattle Humane
Adoption Fee: Contact Seattle Humane
For those of you who crave adventure and need a partner with whom to share the fun, look no further than Audrey. Affectionate and super cuddly, Audrey loves everyone she meets. She is intelligent and quite fond of a stuffed kong or puzzle toy to keep herself occupied while alone in her crate. “Sit,” “Stay,” “Down,” “Out,” and “Get Your Bone!” are just a few of the tricks that Audrey has down, and she is eager to learn many more. When it’s spring and summertime, and the sprinklers and water hoses come out from their winter retirement, Audrey can’t help herself. Check out how much fun she has with the water hose in this video – she’s having a blast!
Audrey will need to be the only pet in her new home. Since she can be reactive to other furry buddies she comes across while on a leash, a quiet home away from big-city life is best. Audrey is part of the “Home Free” program at Seattle Humane, which means that you can foster-to-adopt to ensure that you are a good fit for each other. If you are interested in meeting Audrey, reach out to the adoption advisors at Seattle Humane today.
Breed: Pit Bull Terrier
Age/Gender/Size: 8 years / Male / Large
Likes: Car rides, kids, belly rubs
Special Considerations: Single pet household only
Medical Condition: History of back surgery
Contact: Forgotten Dogs Rescue
Adoption Fee: $350
This family man has a whole lotta love to give. Keeping true to his name, Mello is a pretty laid back guy with lots of snuggles and cuddles to share. When Mello had first presented to Forgotten Dogs Rescue, he was in desperate need of spinal surgery due to a herniated disc. We are happy to report that he is all healed up and doing fabulous now. Mello is smart and loves a good game of hide and seek. He would also love to hang out with you while you run your errands, as car rides are his thing. If you have kids, Mello would be the perfect fit – he LOVES kids.
Mello has displayed some separation anxiety, as he loves his people so much that he hates to be apart from them. A stay-at-home family experienced and able to work with him on his confidence will significantly help him overcome his fears. When it comes to other dogs, Mello has shown some reactivity while on a leash but is improving. He needs some more guidance to boost his morale and support the positive behaviors that will demonstrate just how far he has come. To complete an adoption application, visit Forgotten Dogs Rescue’s website or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this sweet boy.
Breed: Alaskan Malamute
Age/Gender/Size: 2 ½ years / Male / Large
Likes: Goofing around with his toys, cuddling with his people
Special Considerations: No small animals but OK with medium-large sized dogs
Contact: Washington Alaskan Malamute Adoption League (WAMAL)
Adoption Fee: $400
A big hairy guy weighing nearly 100 lbs, Emmett is hoping to find his furever home with a family that can work with him on positive reinforcement and boundaries. He LOVES people and is incredibly smart. Being a malamute, Emmett does have a strong prey drive and needs a fully fenced yard. He is always up for a silly game of ball with his people. WAMAL has provided this video of Emmett, which will give you a sense of his goofy playfulness, and Kiro 7 news featured him.
Emmett hasn’t quite realized just how big and strong he is. Older, mature kids that can handle his pushiness are OK, as are medium-large sized furry buddies. He can be a little protective of food at times which can come with living in the shelter world for a while. A family that can work with him on this and provide consistency in physical and mental stimulation is what Emmett truly needs. That, and tons of cuddles. You can find out more about Emmett and learn about the adoption process here, as well as check out some information about the Alaskan Malamute breed.
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.