It's that time of year again! Petfinder's Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet week. What does that mean? Well, it means please give consideration to those pets that you would normally look over. The big black dog, the Pit Bull (or bully breed), the older cat, the black cat, the dog or cat that come along with some medical issues (don't most of us?) or the animal who has spent the longest time at the shelter. Every pet deserves a forever home, and it shouldn't be in a shelter.
Every single time I go to a shelter there is AT LEAST one pet who I wish I could take home, and if you're a pet lover you probably feel the same way. But how often is that one pet a less adoptable pet? Most people want the puppies and kitties or the two year old yellow lab, but sooner or later those puppies and kitties are going to grow up too. And why is that yellow lab any different than a black one? I am not saying those dogs don't deserve a home, but the other dogs deserve homes just as much. If you visit a shelter this week please just give the pets who are a little less likely to find their furever home quickly a second glance and a chance!
First of all Onyx is an extremely unique mix of dog breeds. He is a Pit Bull and Shih Tzu mix. I think that he is super adorable! He ways about 35 pounds and is about one foot tall to his shoulders. He has the biggest, brownest eyes that could not be any cuter! Every time I see those eyes all I want to do is snuggle him and give him all the food he can have! I know better than to do that, but he sure does love food! The best thing about Onyx is definitely his under bite! It is soooo cute and it really defines his whole personality, how he’s cute, funny, playful and sweet. Those are the reasons I love my dog.
I had been begging my Mom for another dog for quite a long time. At first I tried to get my Mom to let me have a ferret, but my mom wouldn't budge. So we compromised and chose to get a second dog. We looked at local shelter’s websites and browsed through the dogs. There were many that we liked and thought were very cute, but one dog stood out. He was a small black dog of the weirdest mix. He was part Pit Bull and part Shih Tzu. Almost instantly I new this dog was for me! But, he was on hold.
Luckily, whoever put him on hold chose not to take him because the next day is was available again. My Mom even said she saw him go on hold once before that. I couldn’t understand why someone would choose not to adopt him! The next day after school my mom took me to the local humane society to visit the cutest dog. He was rambunctious and sweet and playful and he couldn't have been more perfect. He did have Parvo though, so that might be a reason he didn’t get adopted right away. But we knew he would be ok. We brought in our other dog, her name is Twiggy. She is a Greyhound. When she met him she was almost three years old. They seemed to love each other. They played and looked as if they were having the best time, and I knew he would be mine!
According to their website, "Found Animals Foundation is a privately funded Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to animal welfare issues and led by business and medical professionals. The Found Animals team works directly within the animal welfare community to improve animal care center processes, fund pet sterilization research, promote effective animal welfare policy, and provide funding to area animal care centers and spay/neutering clinics. The organization also sponsors and promotes pet adoption, spay/neutering, micro-chipping programs, and various animal and pet-related events."
I am so very lucky that Found Animals is sponsoring me to go to the 2011 BlogPaws Conference in Tysons Corner, Virginia. I am so grateful to have a company as amazing as Found Animals sponsoring me. I hope to help promote their foundation to the best of my ability. Please check out their facebook page and like it. Tell them Miah sent you!
Found Animals has done so many amazing things. In 2009 they worked with local animal care centers in the Los Angeles area and facilitated over 1000 adoptions! Also, in the Los Angeles area, they gave over 41,000 free microchips to pets, and so much more! That was just in 2009; in 2010 they had more big accomplishments. They raised the bar and got over 3,570 adoptions with animals care centers in the Los Angeles area! They provided over 52,000 free microchips, and they approved almost 5 million dollars in funding for non-surgical sterilization! Not to mention there were many other things they did before all of this!
The founder of Found Animals, Dr. Gary Karlin Michelson, is a very successful man with a purpose. He is an orthopedic spinal surgeon, dedicated to creating more effective treatments for many spinal disorders. Dr. Michelson believes in living simply and that in life you should do what brings you happiness. He even does his own grocery shopping! He believes that Found Animals is "an experiment in non-profit social entrepreneurship." He believes fully in philanthropy and he has created an amazing staff to support his vision.
This truly means a lot to me, knowing that they believe I can make a difference. Their support, and yours (and for the sake of the animals) all put together is the reason I keep posting, the reason I keep researching, and learning new things about animal welfare. It makes me so happy. Let's come together and truly start the change!
I had to share this video and the one below. It really breaks my heart to think of this dog going through Katrina as a puppy and now nearly 6 years later STILL looking for a forever home. He is at the Longmont Humane Society in Longmont, CO right now.
Do you have room in your home? If not, do you know someone? Will you at least share this so we can try to find Yogi a wonderful, loving forever home? Please?
It was around 12 o'clock. I decided it was time for little Onyx to have lunch. I walked upstairs and went into the kitchen. I pulled out a bowl for his food and went to go inform Onyx that I was making his lunch. As I walked by the family room, I took a quick glimpse at the TV. Something caught my eye. The TV was on a news channel. I watched for a second; a news anchor was interviewing a woman who was sitting next to a dog. I couldn't pull my eyes away. I was too intrigued.
The interview was with the founders of Detroit Dog Rescue, a newly founded site to help bring awareness to the stray dogs in Detroit. Monica Martino was one of the founders, she produced and created multiple award winning television shows and had attempted to produce a new show called: A Dogs Life. A Dogs Life was going to be a show about the stray dogs in Detroit, but the city shut it down. So she and Hush, the other founder of Detroit Dog Rescue, created the website to help bring awareness. Hush is a Rapper, producer, and actor. He is also an activist in the community dedicated to a better Detroit. So the two teamed up and made this website.
After having watched this for a few minutes, I knew I had to find out more! Sorry Onyx, but your lunch will have to wait a few more minutes. As I watched I learned that they were initially trying to open Detroit's first NO KILL shelter, but there was a problem. They need $10,000 to open the shelter. They need help!!! They need money! I decided I needed to learn more, but first I would feed Onyx his lunch.
Once Onyx was fed, I flew down the stairs in a rush to visit their website! I spun my chair around, hopped in it then typed www.detroitdogrescue.com into my computer. The first thing I noticed about the website was the header, with a beautiful Bully breed on it! I looked at everything. I read and read. This was a cause I wanted to support. No, needed to support. No, HAD TO SUPPORT! I must donate, and this is where the Be The Change challenge fits in. For Sell Your Stuff, Save A Life, this is where I will donate! To find out more about Sell Your Stuff, Save A Life read this post. It has all the info.
So, now I knew where I was going to donate, but I also needed to write a post. Get the word out about the Detroit Dog Rescue. So much I needed to do. . . well, I can't do it alone, so here is the question: Can you and will you help? PLEASE!? Visit their website and if you can, donate! Even $5 helps, and please share!! Share, share, share, share! On Facebook, on Twitter, on your blog, anywhere! JUST SHARE!
Thanks for reading! Miah Rae