Post # 1
Hi bees. I have to rant and admit this somewhere other than facebook. DH and I were doing errands yesterday and ran into the traveling pet adoption set up in the pet store and fell in love with a little lab mix. We had no intentions of getting a dog, but he was just so sweet. We spent over an hour with him, and knew as sweet as he was, he wasn’t a match for us.
So we went home and discussed in major detail, and decided it was time for us to seriously look into adopting a puppy. It’s been years since we’ve had a dog, and this little guy at the pet store set us off!
We spent all night researching shelters and available dogs in our area, and found a huge rescue shelter nearby, that just a month ago was housing 200 dogs, over 400 cats and numerous barnyard animals. We got really excited and planned to head out early this morning to find our new baby!
Well, bees. We went this morning, ready to come home with someone new. Imagine our disappointment when we get there and they only have 8 dogs available. Eight! I just couldn’t believe it. i asked the staff and she said over 50 dogs were adopted in the last week. I know how fantastic it is to find a home for that many dogs, and it’s great that there isn’t a huge shortage of homes now, but I still feel (selfishly) let down that I didn’t get my doggy today!
Post # 3
There must be the perfect doggy needing a home out there for you – just not ready to be picked up today!
All the best in your search, I’m sure you will make wonderful pet parents when the time is right!
Post # 4
I can undestand how disappointing that would be, I don’t know how I would have managed when we went to pick up our boy if we came home empty handed 🙁 Its great that you are choosing the adoption route though!! In Canada adopting a shelter dog can be quite the process, in my city anyhow. They interview the whole family, have supervised play at the shelter, and then you MIGHT get chosen to “foster” the dog for 2-4 weeks before being able to outright adopt the dog.
When I hear stories of the traveling pet adoption vans and such I am so surprised the process seems soo easy!
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
If it’s any consolation, DH & I looked for weeks, maybe even months before we found the perfect fit. He kinda just fell in our laps though eventually. People knew we had be looking & as it turns out, DH’s coworker’s neighbor had too many animals [per the county] & had to get rid of some ASAP. Our puppy was nearly 12 weeks old when we got him & practically everything we wanted (as far as size, gender, & general temperament)! Definitely fate & he has fit right into our lives! We absolutely love him & would have waited just as long, if longer for him ;]
Hang in there! You’re a great person [& your DH] for trying to adopt & I hope you guys find a fantastic puppy that will change your lives in just as fantastic of a way as you will change a potential dog’s :]
Post # 6
@sofialovesmikey: I totally understand- but it’s a happy sort of problem to have. And when you do find your dog and fall head over heels, you’ll be so happy that everything happened just so to bring you guys together.
Post # 7
@sofialovesmikey: 1st – thanks for adopting! 2nd – congratulations on making this huge decision!
I have volunteered with rescue groups before and I suggest emailing a reputable rescue in your area and explain what you are looking for in a dog. They will set you up with someone they think will fit your lifestyle – you might even get to go visit the dog in his foster home! That is the best way to find a dog. Adoption events &shelters are very stressful for dogs, so talking to foster families will ensure a good fit.
Post # 8
You will find the right dog for you–sorry you were disappointed though!
Post # 9
@sofialovesmikey: awww i understand this feeling completely! when i decided to adopt a cat, i had to go to 5 different shelters before i found my girl. it was really discouraging and frustrating. you will absolutely find the dog that you are meant to have- it might just take a little longer than you wanted.
Post # 10
Some things can’t and shouldn’t be rushed. Deciding to find a dog is wonderful but for everyone’s sake wait until you find the perfect match. There are so many animals in need that it’s surely just a matter of time. Spur of the moment decisions on pets are not the best way to go. I speak from experience.
Post # 11
Just an FYI, there are facebook sites like urgent part 2, that are run by volunteers at animal care and control shelters across the country. NY acc puts a list of dogs out every night of who will be put down the following day. 99% of the time, it’s a space issue or the dog caught a cold, and they are perfectly adoptable. Anyways, they work with rescues and transport companies to get an animal out of there and to their forever home. We rescued our pit mix from urgent, and she has been the most wonderful thing. She was supposed to be put down that day, instead They spayed her and got her up to date on shots, microchipped her, then transported her to a nearby town where I picked her up. I’m not sure where you live, but if you search death row dogs on facebook or google, tons of sites will come up. The same goes for cats, but there are so many more. It might be worth your time, I know the dog will be happy you did!
Post # 12
I totally get the urge to rush especially when you catch that puppy bug BUT…I truly believe that the dogs who come into your life as if happenstance, the dogs who seem to have chosen you, are the ones you tend to have these amazing, beautiful, unique relationships with. They also can be the most challenging, haha! It’s sort of like “you’ll find your soulmate when you stop looking” – except it’s your doggy soulmate. You’ll know when you’ve found him! Definitely keep an eye out, but try to take the pressure off and take a few steps back when you feel like you’re making a hasty decision.
Maybe you can foster in the mean time?