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Happy Tails #6 | Penny Lane

Here’s the sixth 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!

Meet Penny Lane! This adorable little girl was adopted from MDAS in August of 2007. I asked her owner, Laurie, some questions about her –

What made you decide to adopt a dog from a shelter?
I decided to adopt from a shelter because I volunteered at MDAS a couple of times and I knew at that moment that I would ALWAYS adopt from a shelter. I might have saved her life, but she saved mine.

What made you pick this particular dog?
I went with the intention of getting a scruffy-looking dog, the one that would be passed up by all, but my Penny Lane was shy and curled up in the corner and scared, yet adorable, and I wanted to save her the moment I laid eyes on her.

How was the transition period when your dog was adjusting to their new home?
She fit right in at home. I had a Basset Hound, Aloysius, at home and he couldn’t care less that she was there, and I think the feeling was mutual. They really didn’t interact with each other. But she curled up on my lap the first evening and she does every night since.

What was the most fun thing you learned about your new dog after you brought them home?
I learned that Penny Lane is quite the spunky dog! She definitely has some character. If I would have waited for her personality to come out, I would have named her “Punky Brewster”

What is your dog’s favorite thing to do?
When it’s cool outside, Penny Lane, all 15 pounds, likes to go running with me. We run about 2 miles and she keeps up! She loves car rides, long walks and playing with little kids.

Would you adopt again from a shelter or recommend it to others?
I will ALWAYS adopt. I love a rescue dog, they are, to me, more loving and grateful. She is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I’m sure she would agree.

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Happy Tails #5 | Charlie Brown

Here’s the fifth installment in the “Happy Tails” feature. TThe 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!

This is also the one I’m most excited to share because Charlie Brown was adopted by my girlfriend. So, he is a huge part of my life. He was adopted from MDAS in August of last year. Charlie is sweet and goofy and affectionate and LOVES tennis balls. He could chase them all day.

I asked Jen some questions about Charlie:

What made you decide to adopt a dog from a shelter? MDAS has a high kill rate, especially large dogs. So that is the first place I looked.

What made you pick this particular dog? I just lost my chocolate lab to old age and wanted to rescue another.

How was the transition period when your dog was adjusting to their new home? Not long at all. Charlie is a mush. My other three dogs enjoy the company of other hounds.

What was the most fun thing you learned about your new dog after you brought them home? Forgot what a young dog’s energy was like….he brought a new dynamic to my home.

What is your dog’s favorite thing to do? Play with the tennis ball.

Would you adopt again from a shelter or recommend it to others? Absolutely. Or support a rescue group that saves animals from high kill shelters.

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Adoptable Dog Through Dachshund Rescue South Florida

Meet Jack! He is a 4 year old male Dachshund available for adoption through Dachshund Rescue South Florida. He is super friendly. Within minutes of meeting him at our photo shoot he was climbing on me and giving me kisses. Visit http://www.dachshundrescuesouthflorida.com/DRSF_DogsAvailable.html and look for Jack’s profile to learn how to adopt him.

He is being fostered by Equipaws Pet Services, LLC. A big shout out to them for opening their hearts and home to take Jack in temporarily until he finds his forever home.

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Adoptable Kittens from Operation Paw

These are just 3 of the dozens of kittens available for adoption from Operation PAW. Meet Dandylion, Karma and Lord Peppercat! Visit Operation Paw on the web at www.operationpaw.com to find out how to adopt one of these cutie pies. And don’t forget to become a fan of their FB page as well – https://www.facebook.com/operationpaw.

The adorable text overlays were created by Jessica Rose of vol.25/Digital Eye Candy, makers of Photoshop tools & templates. You can get the overlays here – http://vol25-digitaleyecandy.com/products/free-rescue-me-overlay-set.

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Happy Tails #4 | Oliver

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.

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