Here’s the fourth installment in the “Happy Tails” feature. The intent is to help create a positive image of shelter pets. There are still many misconceptions and negative beliefs held by the public that are barriers to adoption. By highlighting successful adoptions I aim to show that you can find healthy, loving dogs and cats at Miami-Dade Animal Services.
You can visit http://www.miamidade.gov/animals/ to find out how to adopt your new best friend too!
Oliver was adopted from MDAS in February of 2010. His owner, Jackie, is a huge supporter of local rescues. I asked her some questions about Oliver.
What made you decide to adopt a dog from a shelter? There are a lot of great dogs and cats there that need homes.
What made you pick this particular dog? I was actually at the shelter for my parents to adopt a dog. They put their names on a few lists and as we were leaving they were bringing in Oliver. My Lab, Jasper had just passed away and I wasn’t planning on adopting so soon but when I saw Oliver I knew he was the one for me.
How was the transition period when your dog was adjusting to their new home? Although he was malnourished and very thin from being on the street, he adjusted well and quickly became good friends with my other dog Max.
What was the most fun thing you learned about your new dog after you brought them home? That he is really silly and makes everyone laugh.
What is your dog’s favorite thing to do? He loves squeaky toys, and he loves to run and play with other dogs at the park.
Would you adopt again from a shelter or recommend it to others? Yes, absolutely.