I recently adopted this adorable 2 year-old mini Aussie from this couple who no longer have time for him. I know I should have asked for a full vet check-up beforehand, but my heart decided faster than my brain. It was love at first sight. He is freaking adorable, so calm, mild-mannered, super cuddly and just so so so sweet. I took him to the vet the next day and found out he is heart-worm positive.
My heart is breaking and I cried so much. To think this poor little baby is going through this preventable disease is upsetting me so much. I am so worried and scared, this is my first pet so I’m too inexperienced.
Deep down I keep trying to rationalize this situation because of me, this dog gets checked up and will receive treatment, so in a way it is a good thing I adopted him, and now I just need to try my best to help his treatment.
My family adopted a dog from a family member who couldn’t take care of him anymore. He’s a rescue from the south and probably around 3 yrs old, mixed breed (30 lbs), neutered.
He’s had tons of health and especially digestive issues since he was brought up and finally this October the vet did some blood work and said it was heartworm, and more than likely came from when he was a stray in the south (honestly we’re a little sad/annoyed that it wasn’t found sooner, considering all the health issues we’ve brought up to the vet, but now we’re just trying to get him better)
I can’t begin to describe how this makes me feel. When I was a stupid 24 year old, I adopted an anbandoned dog without thinking about the repercussions, etc. I have had him since, about 8 years now, and have sacrificed ALOT to stay with him.
Iv lived with my mother, been basically homeless, been kicked out of apartments, etc. Leaving him has never been and will never be an option as we are family.
As immature as I was when I adopted him, I understood that he was my responsibility for the rest of his life. A responsibility that I’m incredibly grateful to have. He has done as much if not more for me emotionally, as I have done for him.
I just adopted a dog a week ago. My adoption was free (normally $25, but has been free since covid started). Included neuter, first round of shots: rabies, DAPP, and bordetella, a free initial health exam at a participating vet, and a free beginning training course.
Unfortunately the shelter is 100 miles away from where I live (rural NM, adopted in ABQ) so I can’t really take advantage of the free health exam and training class. But still, I was amazed at how much was included in my FREE adoption.
They also do surrender consultations (saw on a sign) before accepting an animal and I’m sure part of the consultation is “how much free stuff do you need to keep your dog at home.”
I’m trying to adopt a dog right now… But this place has a 2 page 60 question paper you have to fill out? Asking everything about income and they need to come to your house before they will give you the dog?
Yet they complain about being over crowded?In my experience, all dogs are heartbroken but pits and pit mixes (like this baby) are the most emotional.
I don’t know why but they are the most attached- I know this from my own adoptions of different breeds. There is just something about them that makes them way more attached.
I have a cutie that I got from the Aspca in San Diego and I took him to the dog park constantly when he was young. He had so much energy and just loved to run and be chased! I found an abandon puppy w a tag on her collar that said “ love me” “ help me” then listed her mix and age.
I don’t judge anyone about leaving her at a dog park by herself and I could never judge others for not being able to afford a dog or cats care! The Aspca here in San Diego has a program called paws. It helps people keep their pets!I read an article that said they will actually have volunteers go and walk sick owners pets so they can keep their dogs when they have cancer and other illnesses!
I always donate when I can to help people keep their desperately needed pets! Never judge only help fix bad situations. Lower income homes deserve the love of an animal and those animals deserve care!
Life isn’t perfect for most. I got my dog from my neighbor in an apartment building. Poor fella was originally a rescue from an abusive situation and the neighbors that gave him to me had him for less than a year and moved and couldn’t bring him and rarely took the poor guy out for walks so he would shit in the house because the wife was a stoner and put him in a crate half the time (I didn’t find all this out until they gave us the dog).
I always offered to walk him for free when I would see them because I didn’t have a dog at the time and I loved him. I feel bad about not having a yard for him to run in and I’m not able to afford all the vet care he needs but he’s up to date on his shots and we cook for him everyday because he was vomiting constantly.
He was underweight when we got him but he’s a bit of a chonk now since COVID hit and his dad keeps feeding him treats. All the shops and neighbors know him and he’s become an unofficial mascot to a few of those stores. We play with him all the time and I can honestly say he’s the best thing to ever happen to me.