Tuesday, October 20, 2009

october is national adopt a shelter dog month

Just look at that sweet face and pretty smile! This is our own pound puppy Jane, whom we adopted from a rescue group nearly one year ago. I can't imagine this beautiful, loving creature coming so close to being euthanized just because she was found wandering the streets and no one came to claim her. Fortunately I saw her while designing an advertisement for PAWS to the Rescue and something just clicked; you can see another photo of Jane in the "Success Stories" section of the PAWS site, the photo that I first saw of the precious furbaby with the sad eyes about halfway down the page.
Jane has a wonderful home with us now; a nice big yard in which to run around, a cat friend named Chong (okay, NOT - but he's come a long way since the day we brought Jane home and he tried to scratch off her face with tiny fists of feline fury), and lots of doggie treats, grilled beef bones, and love. This girl adores lots of blankets and ... patchouli. Seriously, she wanted to eat a bar of patchouli soap out of my hand and is obsessed with my socks when I first put them on (because they've been in the drawer with that patchouli soap).
This brings me to the real reason for this blog post: October is National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. Please join the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in getting out the word about this special event - now and all year long. The sagging economy has made the need for pet adoption even more crucial; one of our area veterinarians frequently remarks about the number of abandoned pets that have been left at his office, presumably because the owners can no longer afford to keep the animal. If you're considering a new pet, please visit your local animal shelter, animal control facility, or contact a breed rescue group. You will be rewarded with the love of a lifetime and will make the world a little better for both yourself and animals in need.
For more ways to help animals, check out the information on the Team EFA - Artists Helping Animals Etsy team site (of which Lonesome Road Studio is a member!)


Ben Mcfuzzylugs said...

She is just lovely

goodkarma said...

aw, i just HAD to go look at jane's puppy pic (and all the sweet success story pictures).

all of our local vets have had a lot of pets abandoned on their doorsteps in the last year as well. it makes me so angry and sad. and i so wish i could give them homes. but, as you know, we've got our animal quota filled with cats right now.

but adoption is 100% the way to go!

PamperingBeki said...

Aww, that puppy's beautiful!

SleightGirl said...

At some point my boyfriend and I are going to adopt a second dog from a shelter. The one I have now, was rescued by a friend from the side of the road. Her owners couldn't be found...she the most wonderful doggie ever!

Samantha G said...

What great timing! My family is in the process of helping my grandfather find a rescue German Shepherd (or a mix)!

Doris Sturm said...

Nice post! Very important to share this information because there are so many good and even pure bred dogs in the shelters.

I never buy, but always rescue an animal! I wish I could help more!

Your dog is just lovely. I'm so glad you helped her :-)

Have a great day!

mvegan said...

She is beautiful and adorable, lucky pup to have such a loving home! Great blog entry for the animals and thanks for linking and featuring EFA! :0) Michele

Lonesome Road Studio said...

Yes, Jane is a wonderful, precious creature and I also wish I could help so many more homeless pets.

Nishant said...

some point my boyfriend and I are going to adopt a second dog from a shelter.

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Monkey's Momma said...

Beautiful, lucky dog!


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