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Adopt A Shelter Dog!

Updated on November 5, 2014
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

A Shelter Dog Is Eagerly Waiting For You!

Ozzy, the little Miniature Schnauzer boy pictured at left, sits on a concrete floor, on a little blanket donated by some nice person long ago. He sniffs at the stuffie toy that his owners left with him. Ozzy thinks of the good times he used to have before his owners got divorced and brought him here. Ozzy doesn't understand why his mommy and daddy didn't want him anymore. "What did I do to make them leave me?" he often asks himself.

The people here are nice, and Ozzy gets a pet on the head with a "Good Boy!" once a day when they bring in his food and water. But the bars are always cold and he can't even see his neighbor doggies in the next cage. He does see a big black dog across from him, but he never feels like chatting. Ozzy spends his long days and lonely nights alone.

How he longs for human companionship, and the joy of walking in fragrant grass again! Ozzy just wants to be loved and to be needed by someone. Being only six years old, he has so very much life and love to give to a special someone!

October is National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, and there are thousands of "Ozzy" stories all across the country. All of them are sad stories, stories of abandonment and neglect, sometimes worse. But every one of these stories can have a happy ending that only you can write!

Please, if you are considering adopting or buying a dog, think about the Ozzy's out there waiting for you. Visit your local animal shelter and just let the dogs speak to your heart. The right one will find you!

Oh, and by the way... Ozzy is a real dog living at a shelter in Iowa, available for adoption right now! Contact me through the form above right if you're interested in giving Ozzy a home! He is available through my rescue, Sheila's Schnauzies Miniature Schnauzer Rescue.

A Word About Selecting A Shelter Dog...

Take the dog out of the cage to a separate room if possible. Many shelters have a "meet and greet" area for adopters. Call the dog by name. Does s/he come to you happily with tail wagging? Does s/he eagerly accept pets from you? Will the dog allow you to pet it all over its head and body?

S H E L T E R D O G S R O C K ! ! !

Please Help Me Build Awareness! - Among Adopters And Rescuers Who Place Dogs For Adoption!

When we place a dog in rescue, we do our best to check out adopters. Most of us require a contract asking the adopter to return the dog if things don't go well. If this rule isn't followed, and if rescuers don't do follow-up calls, things can go very wrong. Like my beloved Harry's case for instance. Harry was adopted by a woman almost 200 miles away. At my last phone call things were going well. Next thing I knew a rescuer was telling me my Harry was in a kill shelter in KC. I was minutes too late; Harry was gone forever. ONE phone call from the adopter and I'd have been in the car to go pick him up.

Please understand as a dog adopter that in rescue, very little is written in stone. We want you to have the right dog. If it doesn't work out, just call us and we'll take your dog back and work to find you another one!

Rescuers, please do follow-up more than once and check on your placements! Oftentimes people are hesitant to tell you there is a problem.

Harry didn't have to die. But if his death can prevent this from happening to just one more dog, his precious life will not have been lost in vain. Thank you so much for sharing Harry's story!

We usually think of rescuing dogs... but sometimes the dog is the one doing the rescuing!

Gayla Needs A Home!

Gayla Needs A Home!
Gayla Needs A Home!

Gretchen Is Waiting For You!

Gretchen Is Waiting For You!
Gretchen Is Waiting For You!

What Do You Say?

Have you ever adopted a rescue dog?

YES! My experience...

YES! My experience...

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    • DebMartin 4 years ago

      Indeed. All of my dogs over the years have been adopted.

    • Nancy Johnson 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      My family actually has adopted several rescue dogs through the years. They all were the BEST pets and friends ever. Bo the Cocker Spaniel, Lilly a Bischon Frise mix, Baby, we aren't sure mix, and several American Stafford Terriers, all good pups.

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          DebMartin 4 years ago

          Thank you for this awareness lens. Shelter dogs need you.

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          Nancy Johnson 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

          I like your lens to remind us to adopt a rescue dog. I hope Ozzie finds a good home soon.