Go Go Animal Rescue!

March seems to be the month for pet adoption awareness – one of my favourite subjects. Petfinder.com turning 15 years old and on March 15 the site is hosting a fantastic Adopt the Internet event to bring together all who are passionate about animal rescue. If you take the pledge, you can even win a chance at a Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum. Over the years I know Petfinder has changed the way many people look at shelter animals. If it wasn’t for that website, Shiva may be living somewhere else right now. That’s a pretty tragic thought. So if you have some time and are interested in joining in, click on the badge below to find out more.

Petfinder Adopt-the-Internet Day

Fido and Wino is rapidly coming upon the April deadline of finding a rockin’ rescue family for each Canadian province and U.S. state. If you have been waiting to join the R.O.A.R. Squad, time is running out. Sign up soon and help show off how awesome adopted pets can be! Seriously, everyone is going to be so jealous.

And… This week another fellow Canadian Pup Love is hosting a fabulous blog hop all about rescue.  Each week, the author of this blog shares a photo of a local dog up for adoption. Now she is hoping to make it bigger by encouraging readers to do the same. The more publicity these dogs get, the better, right? If enough bloggers participate, this could become huge. Last fall, I wrote a Blog the Change post that featured several dogs in my community I wished I could sneak into my pocket. I was stunned to learn that this post actually helped one of the dogs find his forever home. It may seem small, but with a little effort we can all make a difference. You just never know what impact you may have. So get on to Petfinder.com, find a dog you would love to take home if you could, and link up!

This cutie-pie is Ghetti. He is a super-sweet Amstaff mix and at the age of three years old has already learned more tricks than my childhood dog did in her entire lifetime. Ghetti’s case is a unique one. He is currently living with a family who adopted him from the NS SPCA Provincial Shelter. Unfortunately for Ghetti, this family already had their hands full with other awesome rescued pets. They soon realised they just couldn’t spend as much time with him as he deserves. However, instead of just taking him back to the shelter, this family loves Ghetti so much they are going to foster him until his ideal home can be found.

Ghetti has lived with his foster family for over two years, which means he has already learned many skills that make him an awesome dog to hang out with. He loves car rides, heels perfectly on leash, and even gets along with cats. This family has put a lot of the ground work in. All he needs now is some one-on-one with a family who has the energy to keep up with him. They report that Ghetti is very food motivated. In my opinion, that right there is enough proof that he will make a very impressive dog one day. He even loves to swim, which is more than I can say of my dog. Perhaps there is Dock Dog championship in his future. You just never know…

If that wasnt’ enough, Ghetti is also a superb cuddler and often forgets he is a bit too big to be a lap dog. There is nothing he adores more after a game of fetch than cuddling up for some hard-core belly-scratching.

This dog seriously has it all. If I had a fenced yard, well, I probably would have brought him home already! I mean, look at that happy face. I challenge anyone not to fall head over heels in love.

Happy hopping!

ETA: My review of Darby’s Story: The Life of an Adopted Dog is up at All Things Dog Blog. If you click on the link, you will find a chance to win a copy of the book.

19 thoughts on “Go Go Animal Rescue!

  1. I had no idea about all this adoption awareness. And I just wrote about a sweet girl I met at the shelter yesterday. Coincidence? I’ll hook up to those movements and see if I can help a pup find a new home.

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  2. This post is an incredible example of why I am awarding you the Stylish Blogger Award. You consistently see the world with compassion and invention. I love your blog – so do others as I find it listed a lot :).
    Yes, this is the month and the YEAR to go adoption, particularly in recognition of Petfinder’s 15 anniversary. I have a badge link, too, on Dog Blessed @ Silverwalk. The idea of PF was so unique at the time. How many of us have unique, off the wall ideas which will only have a chance to work if we give it to them? SAVE ON! Ghetti is gorgeous and his family is awesome – especially to step up as fosters, too :).

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  3. Can’t believe Petfinder is that old– that’s right at the beginning of the Internet. They got aboard early!

    My biggest complaint in the dwindling pile I have about my neurotic dog is our inability to foster dogs with him in the house. He’s great with some dogs, threatened by others, and I wouldn’t want him to eat anyone. One day soon I hope to foster again. In the meantime, go Petfinder go! (And of course, Shiva is one blessed puppy!)

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  4. Ghetti is adorable! Thanks for spreading word about the hop, Kristine – it’s been slow to start, but I’m hoping it picks up soon and we can garner some attention for adoptable pups everywhere.

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  5. Thank you so very much for helping to spread the word about the R.O.A.R. Squad, I really appreciate it! We don’t have too many places left to fill: Idaho, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Yukon- almost all the spots are in Canada…. COME ON CANADA!!!

    Ghetti is gorgeous… and YEAH PETFINDER! I found Kayloo via Petfinder… SUCH a fab site!

    Thanks again!

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  6. Terrific shout-out for Petfinder. They do good work.

    Ghetti is adorable. Paws crossed that she’ll soon find a forever home!

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  7. Isn’t it just a great feeling to know that you helped another dog find a home? We’ve been told by a couple of Bunny’s fans that they were motivated to get a Greyhound after reading about her. It just amazes me when I hear that!

    Now I’m off to see what that link is about!

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  8. i can’t remember the last time i had a dog that didn’t come from a shelter. they’re there – in all sizes, shapes, ages, colours, breeds, X-es and yes, 2 sexes.

    why would anyone need to go anywhere else to find a dog? or c-a-t, of course 🙂

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  10. Hello! I am helping a terribly underfunded horse rescue/shelter, Begin Again Farms, in Ellerslie, Ga, raise money. Would you help us out by sharing our link with your readers?
    The horses and I thank you! 🙂
    -Melissa
    http://fundraisersonline.net

    BTW- Contact me to put together a free online fundraiser for your favorite shelter!!

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