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Why Not Me? Meet Mabel!

08/07/2019 by Katie Virdell
August 7th, 2019 by Katie Virdell

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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: Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mix  

Age/Gender/Size: 1.5 years / Female / Large (over 60 pounds)

Likes: Doggie playtime with non-dominant friends, exploring all that nature has to offer!

Special Considerations: Needs a home without other animals and no small children

We are excited to introduce you to Mabel, this week’s #WhyNotMe pet, courtesy of Pawsitive Alliance! This strong, shapely gal is currently available for adoption at the Yakima Humane Society in Yakima, WA.

Super outgoing and energetic, Mabel is a big gal with so much to offer! She has an adorable brindle patch on the left side of her face and several spots about her floppy button ears. Mabel loves to be out and about, engulfed in her natural surroundings. With her level of energy, Mabel would be a wonderful partner for nature hikes or even long jaunts about the neighborhood. The Pacific Northwest will for sure supply Mabel with the environment and fascinations that cater to her “mother nature” disposition!

Mabel’s caretakers report that she has never met a human that she doesn’t like! That being said, Mabel prefers to devote all of her love and attention to her people and will do best in a home without other pets. Mabel’s assertive side can come out when she is around other dogs, however, she LOVES playtime with canine buddies that are non-challenging. Given her “joie de vivre,” she at times doesn’t realize her size, which is why a home without small children would be best for her.  Being so robust and strapping, spending some quality time working on leash manners will really help Mabel to reach her full PETential!

The adoption center team is hoping that this summer Mabel will connect with a pet parent looking to add energy, excitement and lots of affection to their life! If you would like to meet Mabel, you may view her profile and those of additional pets via the Yakima Humane Society’s website, Mabel’s adoption fee is $175.00, which helps to offset the costs of care for the many animals that are in need of help. You may also reach Kelly Shields, the adoption lead, via email at She and the entire adoption staff would love for you and Mabel to hit it off!

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.

Every Wednesday, Healthy Paws will highlight a new pet from Pawsitive Alliance’s #WhyNotMePets campaign. Visit the #WhyNotMePets page for a list of adoptable dogs and cats.