After a search that spanned multiple regions of the state, Duane and Marge Shepherd finally found their new dog Friday.
The Shawano couple, in search of a pet, scoured the Internet for weeks, browsing online photo galleries of various humane societies. A 2-year-old lab mix named Miley brought them to Wisconsin Rapids.
“We were looking all over and saw her picture and decided to take a chance,” said Marge, standing in the lobby at the South Wood County Humane Society, 90 Pepper Ave., Wisconsin Rapids.
October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog month, and while animal shelter officials always try to draw prospective dog and cat owners to their doors, they want to make sure any adoption is a good one.
“The one thing we do notice, and what I tell people is, ‘You’re not going to choose a dog; it’s definitely going to choose you,'” said Beth Peabody, pet care coordinator at the local shelter.
While size of a dog is important, and temperament can be crucial, shelter workers consider activity level to be the most important factor in making a proper match.