Sunday, 11 January 2015 14:00

Pet of the Week

Meet Dopey ...
The struggle is real in shelter life. Dogs are kept in their kennels for 24 hours a day and only let out for a few moments to do their business and then returned. If volunteers are present in the facility, they may be the chosen one to get a walk that day – or not. Young dogs with appropriate understandable, and appropriate energy, soon become frustrated and begin to appear rambunctious and out of control upon approach. More often than not, this behavior goes away when released from the kennel and taken outside of the hectic facility. Sometimes the dog will “let down” immediately and then sometimes it will take a bit of time – but it happens. And, there are times that kind, firm training is required to recondition the pet to appropriate behaviors. These dogs are the same dogs that are couch potatoes, sun bathers, cuddlers and real lovers once living in a home environment. They’re the ones that lovingly give back and become your best friend and a loving family member to the end. Dopey is that pup. Look at that face … he’s simply irresistible! 
Pay It Forward For Pets is a 501c3 non profit organization that helps improve the lives of both people and “rescued” pets through special programs. The organization manages 6 programs that directly benefit the public and offers human resources and funding to county shelters and local rescue organizations in collaboration efforts to expedite adoptions and end euthanasia. To read more about our programs, please visit our website:

Note: Please keep in mind that all adoptable pets need time to decompress once they enter a home. For some it will happen quickly and for others it might take a few weeks. You'll want to be understanding of what they have been through and their level of insecurity. We ask that you treat all of them as if they were an 8 week old puppy. Assume they know nothing and begin at step one. You'll soon know what they are capable of and what behaviors you will need kindly work on with your new family member. It's called commitment! And, that's what these pets want more than anything!

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