dogs are looking for that special person - consider
People in Cache Valley love dogs.
Every time that you go up to the mountains, or even
just take a walk outside you will see one of these furry
I never paid a lot of attention to
where they come from until a recent encounter really
got me thinking. I was driving and almost swerved off
the road when I saw a tiny chihuahua standing in the
middle of the road. He looked skinny, dirty, and I didn't
see a collar so I assumed he was a stray. I pulled over,
picked him up, and brought him home where I quickly
called animal control. An officer soon pulled up and
informed me that the dog would be taken to Cache County Humane Society.
After the dog left I really started
to think about pet adoption. In the short time that
this dog was at my house I became attached to him. All
he needed was a good home. I wondered how many other
dogs were in his same situation but were simply forgotten
about. Most people buy their dogs from a pet store or
a private owner, but most people overlook the dogs that
are in their local shelter.
I began to wonder why not very many
people considered adoption so I asked around to some
of the local dog owners. Ashley, a student at Utah State
University, said, "when I bought my dog I wanted to
buy a puppy, not an older dog."
I could understand her point of view
so I brought her concern to Michelle Cordova from Cache
County Humane Society.
Cordova said, "Most of the dogs we
have in our shelter are 2 years old or younger and are
already trained. Most people don't realize the frustration
that puppy training can bring to your life, but when
you adopt one of our dogs you know exactly what you
are getting, they are housed trained and respond to
most commands." They can also tell you the activity
level of the dog that you are adopting. Puppies are
usually really hyper and may be hard to handle.
Another concern came from another
local dog owner named Casey who said, "I wanted to make
sure that I knew the breed of the dog that I was buying."
"When you adopt one of our
dogs we can tell you their breed," Cordova said. "You
also know how big they are going to be, something that
is hard to tell when you buy a puppy from a pet store
or private owner."
If you're thinking about getting
a dog, consider adoption. Once you take a look at the
dogs at Four Paws Rescue or
Petfinder you will be convinced that adopting a
dog is the right choice for you.