Zsa Zsa, the 2018 winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, who died just weeks after receiving her trophy, had found a loving home after being rescued from a puppy mill – proving again that beauty is in the eye (and heart) of the beholder.
As September wraps up, we say goodbye to National Dog Week and Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week, and we look forward to October: Adopt-A-Dog Month and Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month.
Unfortunately for older dogs and those with disabilities, many people who consider adopting a dog fall for healthy, rambunctious puppies. But advancing age and poor health aren’t the only reasons some dogs can’t catch a break. Breeds with bad reputations tend to be harder to place, and there’s even a phenomenon called Black Dog Syndrome, which may turn out to be more myth than fact.
A background of abuse can make a dog behave in a timid or aggressive manner, but there is hope for many of them. According to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recently opened a Behavioral Rehabilitation Center “for the rehabilitation and study of extremely fearful, currently unadoptable homeless dogs, most of which are victims of cruelty or neglect.” This followed a four-year pilot program in which more than 300 dogs were treated and made available for adoption across the country.
Maybe it’s just us, but we think dogs with special needs tend to become especially devoted to the families that take them in. Here are 10 success stories from Dogtime for motivation. If you have a favorite breed, you can check online for a targeted adoption agency, like our Geneva’s Phoenix German Shepherd Rescue, where we’ve been able to find homes for a number of older adults. If you’re not sure who you’re looking for or who’s looking for you, check out some of the happy faces and mischievous-looking characters waiting at the Hawaiian Humane Society shelter.
Happy shopping from your dog-boarding friends at Tradewinds.