I’ve never fostered kittens before. We don’t have or want cats, so I thought that fostering kittens wasn’t for us. But, we’re spending all of our time at home. It's the height of kitten season, and shelters are overrun with underage kittens not yet big enough to be neutered or spayed. So I thought, why … Continue reading Fostering Shelter Kittens
When I first met Calypso, I could see the bones clearly through her skin. Dogs like Calypso deserve so much better. It breaks my heart to see so many dogs like Calypso in the system: sweet, loving dogs who have been used for breeding and likely thrown out when they weren't wanted anymore.
Gilligan has the best smile! This sweet boy was so well-behaved on his day out from Alachua County Animal Services. He’s been pretty stressed at the shelter, which is why he was suggested for a day out. He sure enjoyed it! Gilligan was so happy just to lie in the flowers. He wanted to play … Continue reading Gilligan’s Dog Day Out
Maggie was adopted! Maggie is a sweet, sweet girl with Alachua County Animal Services. She was a delight on her overnight outing. She was quiet and mellow in the house and didn't have any accidents. Maggie was perfect in her crate overnight. You can never be sure when you pick a dog up at the shelter … Continue reading Maggie’s Overnight Outing
***Trigger warning*** Not every shelter dog has a happy ending. This is the story of my experiences with one of the thousands of pitbulls who are euthanized in America every day. Earl was a powerful dog who showed intense barrier aggression in the kennel. He was a scary sight making horrible sounds, and I had … Continue reading Earl: A loyal dog who ran out of time
***Trigger warning**** Not all shelter dogs are saved. Malone was one of the first dogs I knew well at my local shelter. I spent many days with him and I think that I might have known him better than anybody. He was a good boy, and he didn't deserve to die. However, his death wasn't … Continue reading Malone, I’m sorry.
Kate's forever family was as happy to find her as she was to go home with them. I knew Kate for almost a year before she was adopted. It was a rough year for her. Her family gave her up relunctantly. They wanted to come back for her, and almost did the next day, but … Continue reading Kate: A Loyal Dog with Terrible Kennel Presence
Follow Joel on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joelmchowl/?hl=en Joel is a timid, sensitive soul who came out of his shell with cats and dogs but took time to warm up to people. He has the perfect home now, with someone who loves him for the goofy, worried boy that he is. Joel bonds closely with his people but … Continue reading Joel: a sensitive rescue dog who needed some extra love
Getting dogs out into a great dog-friendly environment like the Farmer's Market is a wonderful way to introduce people to adoptable dogs and the dogs have a lot of fun. This weekend we took Joel and Maggie to the Haile Farmer's Market. Joel is nervous around people but loves dogs and cats. Maggie loves all … Continue reading Haile Farmer’s Market with Joel and Maggie
This past Friday, I took out Jonah. Jonah is a big, handsome guy with a huge smile and beautiful markings. He has been at the shelter for a long time, initially undergoing heartworm treatment. When I took him out, he had been cleared for several months from heartworm, but to play it safe we decided … Continue reading Shelter Dog Jonah’s Day Out