A/V Fridays – October is Adopt a Dog Month

Posted on October 16, 2009 by Allie

The Shelter Pet Project, a collaboration between The Humane Society, The Ad Council, and Maddie’s Fund, has put together a site full of resources to help you find a new friend at your local animal shelter. Check it out!

Do you have a shelter pet? Tell us about your furry friend in the comments.


  1. My dog came from what is technically a low cost spay & neuter clinic. She and her siblings were dropped over the fence in a cardboard box when they were just tiny pups. The facility isn’t meant to shelter animals but the clinic felt an obligation to the dogs.

    My dog was adopted out once for about a year but was returned when the family got divorced. I’m pretty sure she was abused at that house by another dog and the owner.

    When I saw my dog’s picture on the clinic’s website I knew she was for me. I volunteered at the clinic so the people could get to know me, and I could get to know my dog (she was called Magic at the time). After a few months I extended an offer to adopt her and she was mine!

    Her name is Lhamo (Lala for short). She is a chocolate brown and white pit bull and even though she’s quite a handful sometimes, she’s the apple of my eye.

    October 16th, 2009 at 9:42 am
    Comment by tmc
  2. Both of my most recent dogs were from the local shelter.

    Charlie was a basset mix, looked like a lab with short legs, and was 6 months old when we adopted him. He was laid back and liked hanging out in the backyard. He loved men and small children, so it was unfortunate that our household had neither. He treated the kids like litter mates, but he and I never really bonded. I think he was waiting for his *real* owner to show up someday. He was healthy up until age 10 when he sickened suddenly and died. Cancer was suspected.

    My current dog is Betsy the (mostly) beagle. She was about 1.5 years old when I adopted her. I think she was raised in a kennel with little human contact: she had no vocabulary – did not even know the word “NO” – and apparently had never been in a house before. And yet she was relatively easy to housebreak (once she stopped getting bladder infections) and we have a very deep bond. She is just the sweetest, most stubborn thing alive. Unfortunately, she has health problems – torn ACL ($$$) and something akin to rheumatoid arthritis, so she has to be on prednisone or she can barely move.

    I have always had cats, too, but they seem to find me without benefit of the shelter!

    October 16th, 2009 at 10:03 am
    Comment by Abby
  3. We adopted Thatcher (his shelter name was Chicco, but we changed it to give him a fresh start!) from the anti-cruelty society in Chicago when he was just 3 months old! When we took him home he had worms so bad that they caused him to cough, he was so underweight that we could count all his ribs, and he was shakey & nervous all the time! We gave Thatcher his first toys and all the love in our hearts. Now he is three years old and pretty much has the best life a dog could have! He gets to go to work (at a residential summer camp in the woods!) every day with my husband so he is never alone, plus, he gets daily walks and weekly trips to the local dog park! Thatcher is surrounded by people who love him and think he is the best dog ever!

    October 16th, 2009 at 12:31 pm
    Comment by Melissa
  4. Athena Tippy Grace(less), our Pitbull/Boxer mix, came from the MSPCA in Methuen, Mass. She was about 5 months when we got her; she’ll be one in November.

    She’s quite the handful but we love her. Athena loves to play stick and cuddle. Anyone who’s afraid of Pitbulls has never met Athena.

    Two of our cats came from the HSUS in Nashua, NH and our old dog, Jaxsun, came from PSHR.org. One of our cats is a former barn cat.

    October 17th, 2009 at 11:50 am
    Comment by Howling Hill
  5. We adopted Theda Bara(nee “Dixie”) in michigan when she was about 8 months old ans so skinny her poor ribs stuck out like blades. We had gone in to take a feral cat I had trapped who was terrorizing our birdbath. “As long as we’re here”, I said naievely, “let’s look at the dogs.” We fell in love with this sweet pooch, a beautiful black lab, instantly.
    We got Douglas Fairbanks as a companion for Theda after moving to South Dakota. He was so gentle on the leash and such a cheery guy. Lab and Border Collie mix we thing. Definitely has shepherding mannerisms. We love them both to pieces and wouldn’t trade them for a million dollars.

    October 18th, 2009 at 9:07 pm
    Comment by Roger Nehring
  6. Mr. Savvy and I adopted a 3-month-old puppy named Lily in August from a shelter in Maine, who transported her up here from Tennessee. She’s an Australian Cattle Dog mix (we think), and is red and white spotted.

    Lily’s mother had 9 puppies in the litter, and the owner gave all the puppies up because the pregnancy was “an accident.” The local shelter had no room for the puppies and was going to euthanize them all, but the Maine shelter heard about this and decided to take the lot. Some friendly soul in Tennessee took the puppies for a few days while transportation could be arranged. While the puppies were in this person’s backyard in a pen, a neighbor dog broke in and killed four of the puppies before it could be stopped.

    Lily is super shy because of this, but she’s come around with me and Mr. Savvy. She has Yoda ears, and can’t get enough of her tennis ball. I love her to bits!

    October 23rd, 2009 at 12:29 pm
    Comment by SavvyChristine

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