Over the weekend I received a phone call from a friend. She was helping a neighbor who was in need of some medical treatment. The only problem was the neighbor needed to go to a hospital, but she had a dog and didn't know anyone who could take care of it. My friend knew that a few weeks ago I had to put down my dog of ten years, and that I was contemplating getting a new pet. I had been thinking about getting a puppy, but not a temporary one! But what was I to do? This dog was in need of a home now so I would have to get over my attachment issues and come to the aid of Mr. Wiggles- yes his name is Mr. Wiggles, how cute is that?
Because Mr. Wiggles’ mom was not in prime health, he needed some extra TLC. The first night he was a little scared, not knowing who I was, or where I had taken him. The next day I took him to get groomed and buy some new food. He looked like a brand new dog and was so happy. I have been able to spend ample time with him and he is adjusting well. He is a great little snuggler, and the best part about the situation is he is already potty trained! I might sound crazy, but he actually looks grateful!
I have come to the realization, that there are so many dogs like Mr. Wiggles that are in need of a home. Whether it is a temporary situation or permanent. I believe Mr. Wiggles was put in my home to teach me that adopting doesn’t have to be a scary situation. I have no delusion that it will always be as easy as it is with Mr. Wiggles, but it has been a truly rewarding situation. I have become quite attached to the little guy. Returning him to his owner is going to be hard, but I know that there are plenty of dogs out there in need of a home.
Adopt today!!! It is estimated that approximately 3.7 million animals were euthanized in the nation’s shelters in 2008. ***
Petfinder.com is an easy to use resource to find adoptable pets across the nation.
Humansociety.org helps locate local shelters and rescue resources.
If you live in the LA area check out these organizations to see how you can help.
NKLA Pet Adoption Center nkla.org/PetAdoptionCenter
Best Friends Animal Society bestfriends.org
You can also volunteer at your local animal shelter!