‘Why Not Me’ Pets For January
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.
Please take a few minutes to acquaint yourself with this month’s featured pets – Ford and Professor Paws Drake.
Age/Gender/Size: 2 years / Male / Large
Likes: Lots of affection and adventures
Special Considerations: No cats or apartment living
Medical Considerations: Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Contact: Greyhound Pets, Inc.
Adoption Fee: $500
First and foremost, we would like to introduce Ford. A former racing greyhound, his registered name is actually First N Foremost! A very active and affectionate boy, Ford is ready to settle down with a family to live in furever peace and comfort. Always ready for an adventure, yet happy to pause for cuddles, Ford will make a wonderful companion for the right family.
Ford was born with a genetic condition called Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), which affects his eyes. When you first meet him you will see that he has nailed down the captivating, puppy dog gaze – his eyes will make you melt! While he currently maintains good vision he is expected to lose his sight within a year. Dogs adapt extremely well to losing their vision, however, and Ford would be no exception to that. Finding Ford a patient family now is vital to guide him around the layout of his new home and continue working on commands to help him navigate and communicate. A safe, dog-proofed environment and consistency in an active family’s routine can go such a long way in taking care of a furry loved one that has lost their eyesight. Like other greyhounds, Ford will need to be in a home free of cats. An apartment or condo is not recommended due to space limitations.
Additional information from Greyhound Pets, Inc. FAQ, regarding the requirements to adopt a greyhound as well as what to expect, can be found here. If you are unable to adopt or foster Ford at this time, you can still help by becoming a sponsor for him and his foster family. This will assist with the cost of his ongoing care. Ford is currently featured on Greyhound Pets, Inc.’s website. Won’t you come to meet him today?
Name: Professor Paws Drake
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Age/Gender/Size: 4 years / Male / Small
Likes: Gazing through windows, lap cuddles
Special Considerations: Needs to be the only pet in the home and on a urinary diet
Contact: Purrfect Pals
Adoption Fee: $100
Our featured kitty this month is a cultured fellow by the name of Professor Paws Drake. When we say cultured, we are referring to his mastery and unbiased execution of lap-warming. With the Professor, you get the best of all worlds. He is very playful and loves mental stimulation but is perfectly content in being a lap kitty and lazing about window sills to gaze upon the outside world.
The Professor will need to be the only pet in the household, and a quiet, non-busy one at that. A stressful environment makes him more vulnerable to developing urinary crystals, for which he is on a special urinary diet to keep them at bay. In short, a tranquil home environment equals less anxiety for The Professor, which in turn equals more cuddles and lap snuggies for you!
If you would like to meet Professor Paws Drake himself, we are certain that he will be willing to teach you a thing or two about the power of unconditional love. He is currently in the Arlington, WA location of Purrfect Pals sanctuary and adoption center. To learn more, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can adopt by first completing their pre-adoption questionnaire online here.
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.