A person is the best thing to happen to a shelter pet. BE that PERSON. ~ The Shelter Pet Project
I am super excited about today’s dog because he’s incredibly special. Before I get to that though, you might notice a lot of bloggers talking about rescue dogs today. That is because today is Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue co sponsored by Be the Change and Dog Rescue Success. I’m proud to have a voice that can be used for the cause!
There are so many homeless dogs and roughly 4 million of them are euthanized each year. The primary reason dogs are euthanized is a lack of resources to keep them alive. Yes, healthy, friendly, beautiful, adoptable dogs of all ages and breeds are put down regularly. That great dog pictured on the right was pulled from a high kill shelter. Currently the HSUS estimates that only 20 % of dogs in the US are adopted from a shelter and the other 80% are from pet stores (puppy mills) and breeders: some reputable, some not.
If more people looked to adopt first (instead of shopping) the number of dogs needing homes would be drastically reduced. If more dogs were neutered, there would also be a decrease number of homeless dogs. Some are surrendered by owners because they are moving, can’t afford vet expenses or have failed to properly train their dogs. Sadly, owner surrenders are often the first ones to be put down in some shelters.
Shelters are typically run by volunteers. They can use any help you can give whether its by fostering, volunteering, donating money or supplies: blankets, paper towels, laundry detergent, newspapers, pet food, treats and toys are usually needed by shelters. And don’t underestimate the power of facebook, twitter and email. SHARE adoptable dogs, don’t just like them.
Today I’d like to introduce you to Smiley who was sent in by Stacey from Happy Tails Pet Photography. Smiley is pretty much the poster dog for amazing rescue dog stories!
Born without eyes, Smiley spent the first part of his life living in a puppy mill. But at two years of age, he was adopted into a loving forever family. He is adorable and happy.
From Stacey: “Smiley is completely in tune with mom Joanne. From the sound of her footsteps to the tone in her voice, her cues let him know if he is safe or if there is an obstacle in the way. He trusts her completely and it is an amazing bond they share.”
However, Smiley’s story goes beyond being in a happy home. He is a certified therapy dog and visits mentally ill and disabled patients every week bringing them much happiness.
Additionally, Smiley is a bit of a celebrity. Besides being featured in the newspaper he appeared on stage with Cesar Milan as an inspirational dog.
Stacey said that during their photoshoot, Smiley liked to trick her by curling up as if he was sleeping.
I love this image so much. While Smiley is an amazing dog who has overcome a puppy mill and disability, I imagine the thing he is proudest of is the family that shares his life. You can see more of Smiley on the Happy Tails Photography blog.
About Happy Tails Photography: Modern lifestyle pet photography based in Milton, Ontario providing wag-worthy images of furry friends in their natural environment. Serving locations in southwestern Ontario, including Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Guelph, Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo.
I’d love to hear how you help rescue dogs! If you have a blog, I’d like remind you that any day is a good day to blog about rescue dogs.
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