Wags n’ Wiskers and Adopting Dogs
Recently attended Wags n’ Whiskers, a community-oriented event for animal-lover s in Virginia. We strolled along with our trusty dog and visited many of the over 65 exhibitors. There was live music, pet adoption services and pet photos all taking place. With all that excitement, our furry companion only cared about the abundance of treats being handed out.
Visiting the many rescue organizations and foundations at the event was a stark reminder of how many dogs need a new home. So, I wanted to highlight the many great reasons to adopt a dog.
Ten Reasons to Adopt a Dog
Here are the top 10 reasons to adopt from an animal shelter courtesy of Helping Hands Humane Society, a provider of sanctuary for animals in need of compassionate care and protection.
- You save a life
- You help break the cycle of pet overpopulation
- You help stop cruelty in mass breeding facilities
- You take advantage of adopting an adult animal
- You get a lifetime resource with shelter employees and volunteers
- You choose from a great selection of animals
- You adopt a pet who has received good care
- You support a valuable charity and community institution
- You pay less
- You encourage others to adopt animals from shelters
Rescue Organizations at the Event
There were over 65 exhibitors at the event, but I wanted to highlight the great work that our animal rescue organizations perform to help our furry friends. Here is a list of the many rescue organizations where you can adopt, foster, donate and volunteer to support them.
Maltese Association Rescue
American Maltese Association Rescue (AMAR) volunteers provide adoption services for Maltese surrendered by their owners, found homeless, or dogs pulled from shelters. Approved foster homes are utilized to care for these abused, sickly, and homeless Maltese until such time as an adoptive family is approved. AMAR also provides support and information to Maltese owners dealing with behavioral and health concerns, as well as education to the public on breed characteristics. Help them by adopting, fostering or donating – check out their website.
Pets for Vets
Pets for Vets is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a second chance to shelter dogs by rescuing, training, and matching them with American veterans who need a companion pet. It was founded in 2009 to help veterans who were suffering from combat stress and other emotional issues. Each companion dog is rescued in connection with local animal rescue groups. They are then given basic obedience training and any additional training that will help them assimilate into their new lives and then finally placed in their “forever” home. The organization has connected over 300 rescue dogs with vets and continues the effort today. Help by volunteering or donating….learn more at the website.
Operation Paws for Home
With limited resources and few adoptions locally, shelters are forced to put down 50% – 90% of their dogs. After visiting these facilities and seeing the heartache on the faces of the shelter staff and the dogs in their care, Operation Paws for Home (OPH) was started to help give these deserving dogs a second chance. Operation Paws for Homes is a nonprofit organization devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of dogs who have overcome great odds and deserve wonderful, caring forever homes. These dogs are rescued from overcrowded high kill shelters in the southern region of the United States, primarily shelters in South and North Carolina, as well as Virginia. Take action and help OPH by fostering, adopting, volunteering, attending an event or supporting their international program.
K-9 Lifesavers is an all-volunteer, private non-profit rescue group, dedicated to saving the lives of homeless and abandoned dogs from high-kill shelters, and other high-risk situations. The organization rescues dogs and puppies from high-kill shelters and high-risk situations in Georgia, West Virginia, the Carolina’s, Tennessee, and Kentucky, where dogs are only held anywhere from three to seven days before euthanasia. Help K-9 Lifesavers by fostering, adopting, volunteering or donating today.
In operation for more than 17 years and with more than 24,000 animals rescued, Homeward Trails is going strong and has no plans of stopping until every homeless dog and cat out there can be assured of a loving home. Homeward Trails Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization that provides pet adoption in Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland. The organization finds homes for dogs and cats rescued from low-income, rural animal shelters or whose owners can no longer care for them. Support them by fostering, adopting, volunteering or donating today.
Animal Welfare League of
Founded in 1944, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington provides animal adoption and community programs to the Northern Virginia and D.C. metropolitan area, as well as animal rescue and control services within Arlington County. Since 1944, the League has gone from a small converted building to a modern, totally-enclosed shelter designed specifically for the comfort of the animals. The small group of 12 volunteers has grown to over 300. The League’s humane work has expanded from the care and shelter of needy animals to include a formal humane education program and community services. Help them by fostering, adopting, volunteering or donating today.
After several years of being involved in every aspect of animal rescue… from transporting to fostering, adoption and foster coordinating, joining a rescue to understand the ins and outs, and then to independent rescue, Luisa finally decided to take a huge leap of faith and begin her own animal rescue. Lu’s Labs was born in February 2015 and this endeavor is the culmination of her lifelong dream. Lu’s Labs likes to focus on dogs in the South that are in high-kill shelters, but the organization will pull from anywhere they see a need. Support Lu’s Labs by fostering, adopting, volunteering or donating today.
Since 2009 Lucky Dog Animal Rescue has saved over 14,000 lives. Lucky Dog Animal Rescue is a volunteer-powered nonprofit dedicated to rescuing homeless, neglected, and abandoned animals from certain euthanasia and finding them loving forever homes. The organization educates the community and all pet parents on responsible pet parenting, including the importance of spay/neuter, obedience training, and good nutrition. Help them save more lucky dogs by fostering, adopting, volunteering or donating today.
DC Shiba Inu Rescue
DC Shiba Inu Rescue (DCSIR) is a group of dedicated volunteers whose mission is to rescue, foster, vet and train neglected, homeless, abandoned and stray Shiba Inus. The organization also works with owner surrenders to help keep Shibas in their current home or to foster and rehome via its extensive adoption process. DCSIR is committed to prioritizing the intake and placement of Shiba Inus in the immediate DC metropolitan area and may assist in the rescue effort for Shiba Inus and mixed breeds across the east coast as circumstances allow. Make the move today and support the DC Shiba Inu Rescue by fostering, adopting, volunteering or donating today.
Pet Rescue Alliance
It is a grim fact that nearly 60% of dogs that enter shelters are euthanized. This statistic maybe even higher in rural shelters. Therefore our primary focus is rescuing homeless pets from rural shelters who are often under staffed, under funded, and don’t have the resources to find homes for all the pets in their facility. Pet Rescue Alliance is a non-profit organization specializing in the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of homeless dogs. Our vision is a day when pets of all kinds can escape their previous lives of abuse or neglect and live in homes where they can provide their new family with unconditional love and be given the same in return. Help the Pet Rescue Alliance by fostering, adopting, volunteering or donating today.