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Adopting a Dog: So many in "kill" shelters need our help

Updated on July 31, 2014
Miss Diva
Miss Diva
3 Little faces
3 Little faces
Scot the cat
Scot the cat
The king of our pets, our German Shepherd
The king of our pets, our German Shepherd

A Little History

I am a dog lover, well a pet lover actually. I've always had a cat or a dog in my life growing up and our pets were treated as treasured members of the family. Now as a grown up with a house and family of my own nothing has changed except the number of pets we have has expanded; we now have 5 cats, 2 dogs, and 3 dumbo rats. Don't let the word "rat" give you the jitters, they are the sweetest little creatures, very friendly and cuddly. My mom always said that any pet in my house was very lucky because they are those treasured members I mentioned before.

Most of the pets in my house (excluding the rats) were drop offs (people often drop off unwanted pets at houses in the country figuring they can be cared for with all that land). That subject infuriates me but that's another Hub in the future. We have a cat who was going to be put to sleep because he was too furry for his owner's taste, a dog who was just in the way...and so on. Unwanted pets are discarded pets..which brings me to my subject-fostering or adopting a pet from a "kill" shelter.

My reason for writing this Hub is to call attention to all the dogs sitting in "kill" shelters waiting for their forever homes; there due to the fact that their owners cannot care for them or just because they were unwanted.

Kill Shelters for Dogs

Due to the enormous amount of unwanted pets there are many shelters whose policy is to euthanize an animal that hasn't been adopted within a specific period of time. Some have a 72 hour window in which the adult dog has a chance to be adopted. If a dog (puppy) is less than 4 weeks old the possibility of euthanizing can happen when it arrives.

There are so many dogs out there and the shelters in our country are full to the brim and as much as I dislike the notion of killing a dog for no other reason than being unwanted, what are the other choices.

Miss Diva

Diva heading to her Forever Home
Diva heading to her Forever Home

Adopting a Dog from a Kill Shelter-How I came to that decision...

For 10 years I owned and loved a beautiful German Shepherd; he was just amazing! This spring he became ill and passed away in March. I vowed to never have another dog (I know we all take this vow when we loose a pet). Then one day in May I was surfing the internet and a tiny idea was born in my head, the need for another companion like a dog.

Not wanting to buy a dog when there are so many dogs in shelters in need; I "googled" pets for adoption with the local SPCA and from there jumped to another website featuring adoptable dogs and suddenly this sweet little face came up on the screen..Diva!

The caption said that Diva was available for adoption and to contact Three Divas Dog Rescue in Rutland, VT; a town close to mine. I closed down the browser saying no, not another dog but that little face stayed in my mind. The next day I looked again at Diva; this time on the Three Divas Dog Rescue Facebook page and I knew she was the one.

Diva was a dog rescued from a kill shelter down south and transported to VT for adoption, she is a young dog, very perky and sweet. After a visit with her I knew she would become a member of our family and find her "forever" home.

Three Divas Dog Rescue

I am constantly in awe of the human capacity for caring and giving to animals. Three Divas Dog Rescue is a group based in Rutland, Vermont who works with a sister shelter down south to pull dogs from high-kill shelter, transport them to Vermont and find them fostering and eventually permanent homes. These people are all volunteers, spending their time and money for the sake of these dogs...amazing! Diva herself stayed in a kennel for a year before she found her forever home..mine!

A Rescued Dog makes a wonderful pet

For some reason a dog that is rescued has a true appreciation for a good home, I really believe that on some level they comprehend how lucky they are and appreciate being loved and cared for. They have a true sense of stability and safety after having been moved from place to place and being with all types of different people.

In closing if you are looking for a wonderful pet checkout a rescue group in your area; chances are they have a Facebook page featuring pets in need of home. Or if you have the room think about fostering a rescued dog for a few weeks while a "forever" home is being located. These dogs give so much back to a person who shows them compassion and love.


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      7 years ago from Northeastern NY State, USA

      I know Diva had wonderful friends at Eastwood, she is such a lucky little girl to have had such good care. She is doing great, a happy little dog with a black lab to play with and a 3 year old to take care of; in fact she sleeps at the bottom of her bed. I will definitely make a special trip to bring her to see you; any days you aren't there?

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      7 years ago

      I just want to say thank you for giving Diva such a fantastic home! I really fell in love with her while she was boarding at Eastwood...when I found out that she had finally found a forever home, it was very bittersweet. I shed a few tears and was initially upset and didn't want her to go. I knew it was what she deserved and needed, but I was selfish and wanted her all to myself!! I'm really happy to know that she is with a family who loves her and will take care of her for the rest of her life. Thank you so much for adopting her and don't forget to bring her by for a visit at Eastwood :)

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      7 years ago from Northeastern NY State, USA

      Thank you for sharing my Hub. Let's hope everyone considering a dog researches adoptable animals from shelters.

    • MimiKat33 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Northeastern NY State, USA

      I hope so too; there are so many dogs waiting for homes. The people I got Diva from work so hard to rescue dogs and find home for them.

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      Dr Mark 

      7 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Nice hub. I will share it and hope it is read by everyone.

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      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      I loved this hub. I adopted my dog Mickey from the Humane Society at seven months old. He is now almost 12 and adopting him was one of the best choices I have ever made in my life. Thank you for sharing. I hope everyone reads this and takes your advice to go out and save a dog.


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