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My First Dog Adoption!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 30th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

Today was a gorgeous, cool, early fall day and I spent three hours at BARCS this afternoon walking dogs and doing a little escorting. When I got there, none of the dogs had been walked today, but by the time I left, and with the help of one other volunteer, we got to just about every dog before close. Majesty was still there, barking, and Uriel, the excitable black and white pittie girl I love. I also walked a really fun dog named Joker, who was all white except for a black smear across one side of her mouth, a black spot on top of her head, and one black ear. Joker was a perfect name for her! She was super cute.

It seemed like there weren’t as many kennel staff doing escorting today, so I decided to help out with that. My first group was a young couple interested in a fully grown pit bull on the smaller side. They were interested in a couple of dogs and we ended up taking out a sweet male pit bull named King. King was all brindle with black and almost yellowish stripes. He had a big head and square shoulders but was on the smaller side for pit bulls. He had a great classic pit bull look to him. When we got outside he was very excited at first and very interested in the other dogs but after a while he calmed down. They understood that with some training, he would learn not to jump up and give kisses and he could also learn to sit. It was great to interact with people who understood this! I spent about 30 minutes with them outside with King and they saw that he was able to calm down and turn into a cuddle bug. I was so glad when they decided to adopt him! I think he’s going to a great home.

The next group I escorted said they were interested in small fluffy dogs. I explained that we do get dogs like that but that they are always adopted really fast, so it’s worth checking in often and/or looking at other shelters. The father was interested in one of the smaller pit bulls, Darla, but the mom and daughter were afraid of her and the daughter even started crying! This was not the right move for them I don’t think. The father really wanted her to have a puppy she could grow with, but the daughter announced that she wanted a cat… so I think they’ll have some things to discuss and then hopefully come back soon.

But all in all it was a good day! I am just really thrilled that I helped King to be adopted :-)

My First Escorting Experience

Posted in Uncategorized on September 17th, 2009 by katie – Be the first to comment

I stopped by BARCS for about an hour after lab yesterday evening and got to try escorting potential adopters for the first time. I was pretty nervous after some of the stories I heard at the training but I decided I’d give it a shot on a weekday evening. I ended up escorting twice, and walked dogs in between.

The first group was an middle age/older couple and their daughter who was about my age. Sadly, they didn’t see any dogs that they were interested in, although the dad did linger for a while as though he was considering a couple dogs that I really like. I tried not to push it too much, but offered up information about the dogs and let them know that I liked them and how they handled on the leash. Still, he shook his head when I asked if he wanted to take either of them out. In the end it came out that the mom and daughter were interested in a smaller dog and I assured them that we do get small dogs a lot but they are adopted really fast, so check back often since we receive between 30 and 50 animals a day.

Next was a young woman who totally made my week. She was not there to adopt a dog, but instead wanted to give a donation specifically in the name of two dogs that she had helped rescue a few days before. Apparently she had reported on two dogs that were chained outside on a deck above her apartment 24/7. She had been tossing food up to them to try and help but they were scared and emaciated. Finally Animal Control was able to get to them and they are now at BARCS. She was told that she needed to identify the dogs for her donation, so I led her back to go through the kennels and see if we could find them. Sure enough, we found them in separate rooms looking super scared and very very skinny (both had “caution: do not touch” signs on their kennels). Not sure what will become of those poor little guys… but I was so glad that she was able to help get them out of that situation. Then on top of it, since she couldn’t adopt them, she wanted to give a donation to help them. So awesome :-)