We have had many dogs in our family throughout our lifetime. Our first dog was from a family who had a child who had allergies. Sniffy was a beagle and stayed with us until he died. Then we had a lab and retriever from a breeder. They were wonderful companions and were with us throughout our children’s growing up years. They were apart of our family for 12 years until they both passed. We then decided to explore the idea of a rescue dog. That is when we found our Cinnamon.
Cinnamon’s mama was found on a Kentucky dirt road when she had just given birth to her litter. Someone picked them up and brought them to a vet. We are not sure how long they lived on that dirt road before they were found. The vet took care of their needs and then contacted an animal shelter. I’m not sure of all of the connections from there but Cinnamon ended up within the A.D.O.P.T. network.
The rescue agency we used was A.D.O.P.T.
The A.D.O.P.T. name stands for Animals Deserving of Proper Treatment. It is a private, “no-kill”, non-profit animal shelter located in Naperville, IL. A.D.O.P.T. provides temporary shelter and care to dogs and cats in search of their forever home. A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter has placed over 20,000 dogs and cats into permanent and loving homes since its inception in 1989 and it has spayed/neutered over 10,000 animals since 2009. You can check out their website here…adoptpetshelter.org. When we first saw Cinnamon she was running around with another pup with all white fur. We actually saw the picture of the other pup first and came to check her out. Cinnamon was a little stand offish but I loved her independence and her freedom to explore. We fell in love immediately. It was hard not to take her home right away. We had to have someone come out to our home to make sure it was a safe environment. When all that was approved and the paperwork was done, I went back up and got her. She is my sweetheart. She has her issues but I love her immensely.
Other adoption agencies
While A.D.O.P.T. shelter filled all of our criteria for what we were looking for, there are other good agencies out there. Remember to check out your local shelter. There are so many animals out there that were given up, that need a good home. One exciting thing that is happening is that dog stores like Dog Patch are opening their doors to rescue animals. They are matching their rescue animals to loving homes.
Things to consider
Do your research on a pet store or dog shelter that aligns with what you believe in. Look into what your lifestyle entails and the kind of dog that matches your life. For example, if you don’t like to go for long walks, then a lab may not be your type of dog. Maybe you would want to consider a pug. Not all dogs are kid friendly. Some kids are better with kids than others. Go in and visit with several pets to see which one you connect with best.
Remember, a pet is a forever family member
Our sweet pets only live a few short years compared to us. Give them the life and time and affection that they deserve. Choose wisely. Love abundantly.