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Why Not Me? Meet Drifter!

11/27/2019 by Katie Virdell
November 27th, 2019 by Katie Virdell

Drifter needs a home

We’ve partnered with Pawsitive Alliance for the #WhyNotMePets campaign to give difficult-to-home pets an extra paw up. These lovable pets are ready to find their forever homes.


Breed: Australian Shepherd Mix

Age/Gender/Size: 5 years/Neutered Male/Medium (under 60 lbs.)

Mantra: Work hard, play hard, love hard!

Special Considerations: Prefers a home without cats and kids

The month of November is wrapping up, with winter nipping at our heels. This turn of phrase actually reminds us of this week’s Why Not Me pet. Meet Drifter, a confident, intelligent Aussie mix who is anxious to kick up some action and excitement, even amidst these gloomy Northwest months. Drifter is available for adoption through Wags to Riches, a non-profit, 501(c)3 rescue agency located out of Central Washington.

Drifter has a striking countenance, his ice-blue right eye and left brown expressing his intense love for adventure. Being a herding dog mix of only 5 years of age, he has the energy of a teenager and is anxious to demonstrate his powerful wit and steadfast devotion. Being part of a team and working towards a common goal, whether it’s rounding up the livestock, keeping a steadfast eye on the homestead or accompanying his family on their outdoor adventures, is Drifter’s passion.

As with many herding breeds, Drifter is protective of his family and will go to the ends of the earth to aid those he loves. The term, “velcro dogs”, is a fair description of the love and devotion that these dogs emanate. Drifter needs stimulation and is all too willing to show you his strength and adoration. With mad fetching skills and having graduated not one, but two training programs, Drifter is out to prove that he defines the phrase, “be all that you can be!”.

Another thing to note about herding breeds – they are super attracted to movement, of anything or anybody. This would include small children and kitties. Drifter would give new meaning to the turn of phrase, “herding cats”, for it would not be an impossible feat in his case. Dog friends are great, as long as they aren’t a pushy bunch.

Drifter does become nervous if he is in a situation for which he does not have an escape route. He was chased from place to place in prior years before he had been first rescued, so that continues to remain etched in his mindset to this day.

With a heart of gold, this engaging, astute boy is ready to finally find his fur-ever home. Drifter is crate and leash trained and does wonderful on trips out and about with his humans. He’s a very healthy guy and will fit in extremely well with an outdoorsy Northwest family that believes in finding adventure in any situation.

If you would like to meet Drifter, please visit the Wags to Riches website at and fill out an adoption application. You will be asked for a vet reference, as Wags to Riches strives to ensure that regular veterinary care is as much a priority for the new family as it is to them. Drifter is neutered, microchipped, clear of internal parasites and up to date on all vaccinations. There is a $275 adoption fee, pending approval.

Adoption fee?

People are sometimes surprised to find out that most animal shelters have an adoption fee. They might think, “Wait a minute! You got this animal for free so why are you charging me to take it off your hands?” This way of thinking ignores both the costs of housing animals as well as their medical care.

Here are some of the things your adoption fee usually covers:

  • Spay/neuter for dogs and cats of age
  • Vouchers for spay/neuter for puppies and kittens too young to be altered
  • Deworming and parasite medication
  • Core vaccines
  • Microchipping (at some shelters)

All of these services are recouped in the standard adoption fee, but at a fraction of what you would have to pay most veterinarians. In fact, adopting a pet at a shelter is a net financial gain for most responsible pet parents in terms of the cost of care.