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Why Not Me? Mr. Big Needs a Home

05/20/2020 by Katie Virdell
May 20th, 2020 by Katie Virdell

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.

Name: Mr. Big

Breed:  Pit Bull Terrier

Age/Gender/Size: 9 years / Male / Large

Likes: Napping on the couch, strolling and car rides

Special Considerations: No other dogs or animals

Contact: Forgotten Dogs Rescue (Seattle, WA)

Adoption Fee: $350

Mr. Big came to Forgotten Dogs from the Yakima Humane Society in March 2019. It was obvious that this gentleman had a very rough start, and had been involved in dog-fighting at one time based upon evidence of multiple wounds and tears. Mr. Big’s left eye was ruptured and thus removed, he had multiple teeth extracted (17 total) and also had a torn ACL that was repaired.

We are happy to report that Mr. Big’s wounds have healed and he is ready to find his furever family. As a result of all of the stressors that Mr. Big was put under in his earlier years, he is not one to automatically trust and can be very stubborn.

Respect needs to be earned, so an adopter that is well versed in establishing consistent structure and boundaries is needed.  Once that relationship is settled however, you will find that he is a sweet old dude that is up for couch snuggles all day long. That is unless, you offer Mr. Big a car ride – if given that option, be prepared for one very excited boy.

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