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October 19, 2012

October is Pet Adoption Month

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Unfortunately, the next day, the neighbor called to let the son know that Muffie had sunk her teeth into her and drawn blood, so she did not want her as a pet anymore. I was then called out to put Muffie to sleep. The day I left for the house call, we had some very sad technicians at our hospital. We all have difficulty euthanizing pets when they are essentially healthy, but if they pose a danger to humans, we have to do it. We knew we had a responsibility to keep people safe, but we also knew how much Muffie had been loved so recently by her owner. My techs persuaded me to bring a carrier in case we could get her into it instead of euthanizing her.

I arrived at the neighbor’s house with the carrier. Amazingly, as she lunged at me, I managed to swing the carrier with the open door toward her and scoop her up into it. The neighbor allowed me to take her back to the practice. She has now taken up residence at our practice and over time has become an affectionate mush of a cat that rubs up against your legs and purrs loudly when patted. She underwent a complete personality transplant.

At many shelters, dogs and cats are temperament-tested and their behavior is evaluated before they are put up for adoption. The shelter volunteers and employees can help point out possible good matches for you.

If you have your heart set on a special kind of dog or cat, another possibility is to look into pure-breed rescues in your area. These groups specialize in particular breeds and have great connections among quality breeders and other rescues across the country.

Take your time to research and visit the shelters and rescues in your area. Although most are legitimate and working hard to save pets, there are always cases of hoarding and some people looking to cut corners and make money from good-hearted individuals.

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