The wish to get a pet, cat or dog, can be very intense. To have a sweet, innocent animal looking at you with big needy eyes and eager “kisses” makes your heart melt. The snuggles and love a young, adorable pet can give is awfully contagious. But the reality of being a pet owner, especially of a puppy or kitten, is a big responsibility and a lot of work.
Maybe that’s why there are so many pets in shelters all over the U.S. Wanting a pet and taking care of one are two different things. During my search for a young dog to adopt I was shocked at how many animals are abandoned, abused or euthanized in shelters. That is what drove my desire to adopt a dog rather than buy one from a breeder. And I’m awfully glad I did.
Meet Charlie, our sweet new dog. Charlie is a mix of a Pomeranian, Chihuahua and something else. He came from a puppy mill bust where 40 animals were taken from an abusive breeder. Charlie ended up in a “high kill” shelter when he was 6 weeks old. That means they will only care for an animal in the shelter for a few weeks and if nobody adopts them, they are euthanized.
See more about handsome Charlie here: Pet Adoption: Charlie in Charge (For Now) | CaryCitizen.