Many of our wonderful volunteers visited the dogs and cats in our care on Thanksgiving. We are very grateful to them for coming in on the holiday and spending time with the animals.
Lou modeling her stylish bandanna
We are grateful, too, for the people who adopt shelter animals and provide them with loving forever-homes. We got an update from one of those homes yesterday.
Lou snoozing on her piggy bed
"A little over two years ago, we adopted a black and white coonhound mix named Blitzen (now Lou). In that time, Lou has become an irreplaceable member of our family. She's the perfect companion, whether going for a hike or relaxing on the couch. Her sunny outlook and goofy charm win over everyone she meets."
An article in yesterday's Washington Post, 13 Nations Sign Declaration Meant to Save Tigers, was encouraging and heartbreaking at the same time.
Tigers once roamed most of Eurasia from the Tigris River to Siberia and Indonesia. But in the past century, the number of countries that are home to tigers has dropped to 13 from 25, while three of the nine tiger subspecies have become extinct. Experts say there are now only about 3,200 tigers left in the wild.
Officials from the 13 countries where tigers live in the wild have signed a declaration Tuesday aimed at saving the iconic big cats from extinction. The new accord stipulates that the nations will strive to double the tiger population by 2022, crack down on poaching and illicit trade in tiger pelts and body parts.
You would think that when a dog goes home, the last thing on the adopter's mind is reporting back to the League. Not so with Toucan's new person. She sent an update, complete with pictures, 24 hours after "Touk's" homecoming. The photos definitely show forever-home, especially this one with Toucan's bed front and center.
What a great dog this is. Your team has done a fantastic job at training her. She's got such a nice personality. She seems very comfortable already... She is happy to play, but is also relaxed. It is surprising to me, how quickly she has taken to all of us. She acts like "finally, guys! you finally showed up to get me! now let's get this thing going!!"
What a pleasure to see this picture of Reagan, formerly known as Fig Newton, on the sofa -- in a real-honest-to-goodness home. Reagan was one of more than 80 dogs who was rescued from a HORRIBLE hoarding situation. Dogs were everywhere. They were timid and terrified; many of them, including Reagan, had terrible skin problems due to gross neglect. Reagan's new guardian reports, "She was one of the dogs from the Mississippi hoarder and had a lot of skin problems. I can't tell you how much we love her. She is such a good dog. She just started doggy school last week. We are so proud."
It might be cold and raining outside but, when we get updates like this, the sun shines at the League!
We are not Macy's or Nordstrom's or Target. Yet, we get our share of returns! Cats and dogs are returned, not just to the League, but to shelters everywhere. Well-meaning people think they want to add an animal to their household, and then something happens. Of course, we will take the animal back -- we would much rather that the cat or dog be returned than given away, let go, ignored ,or hurt. But, even still, when you watch an animal go home, you want to believe that it is forever.
13 common reasons
why animals are returned to shelters
The dog gets too big
The dog chews the furniture, the wall, the cabinets
The dog poops on the floor
The dog bites
The dog barks
The dog doesn't bark
Someone in the house developed an allergy
The cat scratches the furniture
The cat doesn't use the litter box
The family has a baby and has no time for the cat/dog
It's too expensive to care for the dog or cat
The guardian doesn't have enough time
The children are not responsible (Really, parents tell shelter staff that they return or give up the cat or dog) because their kids are irresponsible.)
How do you think Malia feels being returned to the League for a second time?