This issue is something that is very near to my heart. We adopted our dog Hooch from the Cumberland County SPCA in 2006. He was found by animal control wandering in the street and taken to the animal shelter. No one came to claim him and after two weeks he was available for adoption. We fell in love with him right away. His coat was dry, his skin was flaky, his head looked enormous due to his underweight body, he passed gas like nobody's business, and wasn't quite house trained. But he was perfect to us. The SPCA conducted an assessment and thought that he would make an excellent pet for a family with young children. He's been a wonderful addition to our family. His skin and coat improved immensely after the stress of the shelter was over and he started a healthy diet. We took him to obedience class and he's house trained now. He put on about twenty five pounds. He still passes gas like nobody's business but hey nobody's perfect. I wonder all the time about the person who let such a great dog get away but I'm thankful that we found him. I'm thankful for the Cumberland County SPCA and all the hard work they do. We've started a new tradition in our family. Every year for Hooch's gotcha day we make a donation to the Cumberland County SPCA. I hope that it helps the other animals in the shelter find forever homes where they can be loved and taken care.
|Here's Hooch and Ms. Q a few weeks after we adopted him|
|Here he is enjoying his first Christmas with us|
|This is Hooch today - a bit older and grayer :)|
|Enjoying an old man nap on the couch while we were camping|
If you can, why not take the time to volunteer at your local animal shelter or make a donation. A little can go a long way for an animal in need.