Posts Tagged ‘Rescue Dog Colorado Springs’

HOW Much Is That Doggy In The Window?!

November 24, 2009

Some time back, a young volunteer and I were chatting while cleaning up puppy poop, and she asked “Why do the dogs cost money?”  After my split second of shock, I realized  it was an excellent question – after all, these are unwanted animals,   and the number of  dogs and cats exceeds the number of available homes.   I told her a little about the costs of running a shelter – the mortgage, the vet bills, etc., but I didn’t want to burden this youngster with too much information.

When I go to a restaurant, and see a $9.95 burger, I consider that I’m not just paying for that burger, but also for the employees’ wages, the plate,  the water and soap and electricity  to wash the plate, the equipment, the recent repairs on the equipment, the licenses, the furniture, the rent, and on and on.

There’s a lot more than meets the eye to keeping a whole bunch of animals happy and healthy.    A shelter, like any other enterprise, has a myriad of costs associated with it.   There are the payments on the facility (Frank and Aileen mortgaged their home to purchase the property),  plus the huge utility costs.  Vet bills and vet supplies can’t be overlooked – you’d probably be shocked if you knew the steep cost of many of the supplies.     Frank and Aileen work for free,  but the shelter manager and workers  have to be paid, as there aren’t too many people who do demanding, physical, grubby  labor for free,  and the animals need care and attention every day.    Then there are the expensive disinfectants and the other cleaning supplies.  Throw in  food (some dogs and cats are at the shelter for months, some for years),  equipment, maintenance, kitty litter, toys, treats, leashes, office supplies…      Thank goodness gas isn’t $4.00 per gallon right now.

Boom Boom at the shelter

I guess the conversation with the young volunteer  popped in my head again  because of the $1,100 van repair bill last week and the $900 electric bill this week.   The van in question needs more work, not surprising since it has about 280,000 miles on it.

So yes, maybe that beautiful mixed-breed puppy sounds a little expensive.   But you’re not just paying for that puppy – you’re ensuring another puppy can be rescued, and the cycle can continue.  You’re helping a sick dog get treatment, and seeing that the un-adoptable shelter dogs  are fed, cared for and loved.   You’re now part of the rescue effort.

Colorado Springs Pet Adoptions every Saturday from 11 to 5 at the PetSmart across from Chapel Hills Mall –  7680 N. Academy Blvd.

Please visit the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society’s website, where you can find out more about the organization and see their partial  list of adoptable pets.

Please remember to spay and neuter; there aren’t enough homes for them all.

Second Chance For Love – PetSmart Charities Fall National Adoption Weekend September 11th to 13th

September 4, 2009

When will I be loved?

When will I be loved?

The San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society is pleased and honored to be taking part in PetSmart Charities Fall National Adoption Weekend.   Hill’s Science Diet and PetSmart have teamed up to sponsor this nation-wide event with the goal to find 18,800 homes for pets in need!   This truly is a “Second Chance of Love” for many deserving animals.

Aileen will be showcasing at least  75 dogs and puppies, and a few of our cutest kitties.   Wouldn’t it be wonderful if none of the pets had to return to shelter?  Some other fine animal rescue organizations will be taking part, too, so if you’re looking for a small animal, stop by.

The event will be held at the PetSmart on Powers (between Carefree and Constitution) at 2965 New Center Point.   Event hours are  approximately  10 am to 7  pm Friday and Saturday, and  Sunday from 10-6  (subject to change).

If you can volunteer some of your time, you’ll get  the satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped pets find loving, responsible homes!  (And you’ll get some grateful licks and nuzzles, too!)

To find a PetSmart in your area who’s participating, go to PetSmart’s  site.

Heartfelt thanks to PetSmart, PetSmart Charities, and Hill’s Science Diet for their support and animal rescue efforts.

Colorado Springs Pet Adoptions every Saturday from 11-5 at the PetSmart across from Chapel Hills Mall – 7680 N. Academy Blvd. (except for September 12th, when the fair will be from 10-7  at the PetSmart on Powers Blvd.)

Please visit the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society’s website, where you can find out more about the organization and see their partial  list of adoptable pets.

Please remember to spay and neuter; there aren’t enough homes for them all.

Border Collie Mix Finds Love and Friendship

September 2, 2009

You try not to play favorites, but sometimes you just can’t help it.

Jake will forever have a special place in my heart.   A sweet, sweet, sweet dog, he was always gentle when he jumped up for a hug (he knew it was ok with me).   A pretty dog, too – the Border Collie in him gives him his creamy white socks and longer fur (the picture doesn’t show him from his best angle!)  It tugged at my heart that this lovable dog went week after week without getting adopted – he came to the shelter as a young puppy, and was there  for about eight months.

Jake finally found his family.   His new owner didn’t take the decision lightly; she had just adopted another rescued dog.   She visited with Jake several times, and finally her husband got to meet him, too (the shelter has so many older puppies and dogs they can’t bring all of them along each week.)

Jake and Sadie, so happy together

Jake and Sadie, so happy together

His new companion Sadie loves him, although she does boss him around a bit.

Now that he has his family, Jake is coming out of his shell, and is always ready to go.  He eagerly started training classes, and is soaking up the adventure of life in his own home.   We hear his is fitting in very well in his new  household.

Many thanks to Jane for the update and photo.

You, too, could make a dog’s dream come true. Every week we start new happy endings, but we still need homes for so many wonderful dogs and cats.

Colorado Springs Pet Adoptions every Saturday from 11:15-5 at the PetSmart across from Chapel Hills Mall – 7680 N. Academy Blvd.

Please visit the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society’s website, where you can find out more about the organization and see their partial  list of adoptable pets.

Please remember to spay and neuter; there aren’t enough homes for them all.

Featured Friend – German Shepherd Mix Looking For Strong Owner

August 11, 2009

Baby Doll

Baby Doll is about 1.5 to 2 years old

Baby Doll probably feels very misunderstood.   She loves our volunteers, and gets a wistful look at the adoption fairs – “Why won’t they play with me more?”  It’s because no one has had the time to work with her like she needs, and she can be a bit of a pill.  As Cassie put it, “She is in need of some behavioral training.  Maybe some doggie rehab. “

This intelligent Shepherd mix  is always eager to play with humans, but also able to entertain herself.   She’s a perfect passenger in the car; no need to kennel her, she’ll just curl up for a nap.   So what’s the problem?  She’s quite unfriendly to other dogs.  Possibly she’d get along with the right male, but we think she  would be best as an only dog.   She tends to play rough, too, so we aren’t comfortable having her around small children.

Ready to play

Ready to play

Baby Doll is only suited for an owner who will take charge and obedience train her completely.  It doesn’t take long to see that she likes pushing boundaries, but it seems to me that she wants someone to push back…

This compact,  agile girl is about 35 pounds or so.

Would you like a smart, always ready-to-go frisbee partner?   Would you, or anyone you know, be the right person to bring out the best Baby Doll can be?  Visit her at the adoption fairs.  She’d love to play a little tug of war with you, and soak up your attention.

Colorado Springs Pet Adoptions every Saturday from 11:15-5 at the PetSmart across from Chapel Hills Mall – 7680 N. Academy Blvd.

Please visit the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society’s website, where you can find out more about the organization and see their partial  list of adoptable pets.

Please remember to spay and neuter; there aren’t enough homes for them all.


Animal Shelters Should Be Put Out Of Business!

August 7, 2009
Butterscotch, a Labrador/Pit Bull Mix

Butterscotch, a Labrador/Pit Bull Mix, is still waiting for a home.

In a more perfect world, animal shelters would not be needed.

In that world, every pet would have a loving home.   Pets would always be cherished family members, and never tied up to die a lonely, thirsty, hungry death.   In the world we’d like to live in,  many millions of cats and dogs would NOT be put to death every year.   (According to American Humane, 56% of dogs and 71% of cats that end up in shelters are euthanized.)

How can YOU help?

Tilly, A Chocolate Lab/Pit Bull Mix

Tilly, A Chocolate Lab/Pit Bull Mix

1.  Spay and neuter your pets – and do it early! There are many, many “accidental” litters of puppies and kittens where the owners were certain their dog or cat would never get out and get pregnant, or be the guilty party.   Fences are jumped all the time!

2.  Be realistic about your commitment. A pet is not an accessory, to be traded in when the newness wears off.  Adopting a pet is a huge commitment.   Dogs  require a lot of time, energy, and love from their owners to thrive.  Cats are a bit more self-sufficient.

3.  Know what you’re getting into when you get a puppy! There’s nothing cuter than a puppy, in my humble opinion.   And that includes kittens and human babies, too!  But puppies require a lot of patience and attention that may not be realistic for everyone, depending on their situation.

Hide your shoes!

Hide your shoes!

4. Research Breeds. If you’re interested in a dog, getting one that’s suited to your lifestyle  and temperament can make all the difference.  A highly intelligent, extremely active dog like a Border Collie is not for everyone!   There’s a lot more to compatibility than just size.

5.  Be realistic about your budget. Pets, like children, are expensive.  If you’ve never had one before, look into the prices of vet care, quality food, and accessories before you adopt.

6. Invest in Dog Training. Hands down, training makes your life – and your dog’s – much, much easier, and greatly increases the chance that you’ll keep your new best friend.  Training is an excellent investment of your time and money.

7.  Consider Mixed Breed Dogs and Cats. While there are many responsible, quality breeders, many of the pure breeds you see – especially small dogs – are from puppy mills whose goal is to make as much money as possible.   Mixed breeds come in countless delightful combos,  and many of our adopters swear their mixed breed dogs are healthier than their neighbors’ pure breeds.

Okie, sweet and affectionate, but not easily adoptable at 8 years old

Okie, sweet and affectionate, but not easily adoptable at 8 years old

8.  Support Animal Rescue Efforts. There’s many things you can do – adopt from shelters; volunteer time,  money, goods or services;  spread the word about shelters’ work;  and encourage your friends to also adopt from shelters.  You can buy gifts  from sites like the Animal Rescue Site (make sure you’re on the correct tab at top if you want to support animal rescue).  And at no cost to you, you can click to donate a portion of a bowl of food to animal rescue organizations.

9.  Have contingency plans. Even the best laid plans can go awry.  Bad things do happen to good people.  What would you do if you found yourself in horrible circumstances where you could not keep your pet?   Is there a friend or family member who could take your pet, temporarily or permanently?  If you don’t have good options, you can contact a shelter, and give your pet a second chance.

Puppies aren’t for everyone, and even adult dogs require a lot of attention.  Maybe a kitty or some fish would be better fits for some…   Or heck, maybe you just want to keep visiting adoption fairs so you can get a puppy petting fix.  That’s ok!  It doesn’t mean you’re lacking;  it means you’re a responsible person that has the pet’s best interest at heart.   When you’re ready, we’ll have plenty of puppies, dogs, kittens and cats waiting for you.

Ok, so we know we aren’t going out of business anytime soon.  Life can be pretty capricious, and there’s no perfect world.  But every little bit you can do to stop the flood of unwanted animals matters. Thanks for reading!

Colorado Springs Pet Adoptions every Saturday from 11:15-5 at the PetSmart across from Chapel Hills Mall – 7680 N. Academy Blvd.

Please visit the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society’s website, where you can find out more about the organization and see their partial  list of adoptable pets.

Please remember to spay and neuter; there aren’t enough homes for them all.


Featured Friend – Dalmation/Shepherd/Pit Bull Mix Looking For People To Trade Smiles With

August 7, 2009

What a lovable lug!

Happy Pooch!

Happy Pooch!

Times are tough, and we all face lots of stresses.   You’d have to imagine that coming home to a smiling face like this couldn’t help but make your day!

This happy guy is a neutered Dalmation/Shepherd/Pit Bull mix who’s about 9.5 months old.   Rippie is  a sturdy, energetic dog who is up for adventure.   He gets along with other dogs – and he sure loves people!   It doesn’t take a lot of pets to get a whole lot of wagging and smiling in return.     He’s an instant mood lifter!

Would you, or anyone you know, be able to share a lot of good times with Rippie?  He’d love to meet you at the adoption fair.   Be prepared to have your heart stolen – I’d take this dog in a quick minute if I could.   His affable nature is irresistible, and he’s kind of cute, too!

Colorado Springs Pet Adoptions every Saturday from 11:15-5 at the PetSmart across from Chapel Hills Mall – 7680 N. Academy Blvd.

Please visit the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society’s website, where you can find out more about the organization and see their partial  list of adoptable pets.

Please remember to spay and neuter; there aren’t enough homes for them all.

Featured Friends – Fuzzy Aussie/Chow Mixes Seeking Humans!

July 8, 2009

These puppies look like they belong on greeting cards!

Fuzzballs

At the fair

Fuzzballs 2

Posing for the camera

Adorable just doesn’t begin to describe them.  These beautiful balls of fur run the range from Buff to Tan to Multi-Color and on to Black.

Fuzzballs 3

A winning combination

They’ll be 10 weeks old at the July 11th adoption fair.  Our guess is that that they’ll be mid to large size adults.

They sound like an interesting combination, with the Chow’s reserve and good manners and the Aussie’s affection and playfulness.

Aussie Chow pups dark and light

What a pretty pair

While we highly recommend training for every dog, (it makes your life, and the dogs, much easier) it may be especially helpful for these pups, as, (according to http://www.dogbreedinfo.com) both these breeds need to have a human family member be the Alpha.

Are you, or anyone you know, a lover of  long-haired dogs?  These pups would love to meet you at the adoption fair, and take hold or your heart.  They’re even cuter in person!

Colorado Springs Pet Adoptions every Saturday from 11:15-5 at the PetSmart across from Chapel Hills Mall – 7680 N. Academy Blvd.

Please visit the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society’s website, where you can find out more about the organization and see their partial  list of adoptable pets.

Please remember to spay and neuter; there aren’t enough homes for them all.

Featured Friend – Cool Pug/Blue Heeler Mix Needs People To Play With!

June 30, 2009
Squirt

Quite the little Squirt

This rather exotic looking pup gets quite a reaction  – a puzzled look, then “What is he?”  People often laugh when they hear the   answer – a Pug/Blue Heeler mix – and follow it with a nod and an  “Ah …”  He’s a little dog – about 25 pounds, (maybe less? )  and close to his full size.   His glossy, blackish-brown coat and unusual face make a great combination.

We named him Squirt because of his feisty personality.  This little guy is full of energy, and would love some humans to play with.  He can use some help with manners, as he’s known to pull on a leash and bark aggressively at some other dogs.  He would be best as an only dog, or maybe  with a dog who is submissive – he seems very interested in young puppies.   Lately he  seems to be mellowing out a bit.   Squirt gets miffed when other dogs get attention at the fairs while he doesn’t, and unfortunately, barks to show his displeasure.   That, and perhaps blending in with his crate, has caused him to be overlooked time and again.

Would you, or someone you know, be willing to take the time to help Squirt achieve  his potential?   This energetic bundle would enjoy an active owner, and one who will make him feel like top dog.  His adoption fee is only $50.00, plus the $50.00 neuter deposit.   The adoption fee includes a discount on the already reasonably priced training classes at PetSmart, a free check up at Banfield Pet Hospital, a bag of Science Diet puppy food, and discount coupons at PetSmart.

Colorado Springs Pet Adoptions every Saturday from 11:15-5 at the PetSmart across from Chapel Hills Mall – 7680 N. Academy Blvd.

Please visit the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society’s website, where you can find out more about the organization and see their partial  list of adoptable pets.

Please remember to spay and neuter; there aren’t enough homes for them all.

Pretty Lab / Pit Bull Mix Is Ready To Play!

April 30, 2009
As sweet as she is pretty!

As sweet as she is pretty!

Butterscotch is an Labrador/American Pit Bull Terrier who is about 1 year young.  This very handsome  creature was about to be put down when Aileen rescued her.   True to her name, she is very sweet, and good with other dogs.   She’s looking for a person or people who share her enthusiastic and affectionate disposition.   Butterscotch is ready to play, and needs an active owner, e.g., jogger, runner.  She’d make an excellent, alert companion for your outings.

Are you, or anyone you know, looking for a sweet topping to add to your life?  Visit Butterscotch at the Pet Adoption Fair  from 11:15 to 5 – She’d love to meet you!  (Please call during the week to make sure she’ll be at the fair)?

Colorado Springs Pet Adoptions every Saturday from 11:15-5 at the PetSmart across from Chapel Hills Mall – 7680 N. Academy Blvd.

Please visit the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society’s website, where you can found out more about the organization and see their partial  list of adoptable pets.

Please remember to spay and neuter; there aren’t enough homes for them all.

New Home, New Friend

April 4, 2009
Charlie snuggling with a friend

Charlie snuggling with his new friend

Charlie  (on the right)  is a sweet little guy that was adopted from our adoption fair several weeks back.  Not only did Charlie find a new home with kind humans, he has a special friend to curl up with even when the family is not home.

Forever, loving homes – that’s our purpose, and it’s gratifying  to see the results.

Could you spare some time and affection  for one of our cats or dogs?  Could yours be the perfect happy home for a new, special family member?  Please visit us at one of our adoption fairs;  maybe you’ll fall in love.

Colorado Springs Pet Adoptions every Saturday from 11:15-5 at the PetSmart across from Chapel Hills Mall – 7680 N. Academy Blvd.

Please visit the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society’s website, where you can found out more about the organization and see their partial  list of adoptable pets.

Please remember to spay and neuter; there aren’t enough homes for them all.


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