Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Lover Boy

This dog deserves a great home.  He is one of those dogs that leans into you when you have him on a leash.  You can hug him, and give him kisses on his head.  We named him Captain, but I think of him as lover boy because he is so sweet.  He is blind in one eye from birth or injury-the veterinarian is not sure.  He looks like he could be part Dalmatian and part lab.  His paws are quite large.  He is also neutered.

Sad to say, he came from Tioga County by the dog law officer.  The reason he came from such a distance is because the group that took over the Wellsboro shelter rarely takes in strays.  It's a shame because I fear that the owner will not get this dog back if he still wants him.  How would someone know to look in another county for their dog?

Pennsylvania shelters are in crisis.  Many are closing for lack of funds or because they are limited by 'no kill' policies.  So what does that mean for an open admission shelter like ours?  We are getting more and more calls from people living in surrounding counties asking us to take in their pets or strays.  I have a problem with this.  I don't think it's fair that shelters have the luxury of calling themselves 'no kill' and turn away animals that they don't want-especially in their own county.  I also worry about strays being transported from their home county.  What if the owner wants them back?

On the other hand, we have the benefit of having a wonderful dog for adoption. 

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