Libby’s Story: Adopting a Shelter Dog
It’s been almost a year since I’ve been sharing lost and found stray dogs and cats etc. in four counties (Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus) via my facebook page. I am helping in this small way in order to bring these lost animals home to their owners, or to find forever homes for homeless animals. Through this trip I found a wonderful companion and she now has a loving home.
In addition to finding lost animals, I discovered the many solitary animals living in shelters that were in desperate need of a forever home. By sharing photos of these animals and relevant information, I have found this to be a hugely beneficial way to help resolve the issue and help alleviate overcrowding in shelters. First of all, Facebook’s smart method of sharing has cut the search time for desperate owners who are frantically searching for their lost pet. And second, homeless animals are more likely to get a new home faster if they are seen prominently, on Facebook’s popular pet-sharing effort.
There are other sharing sources such as: Nextdoor Neighbor, Pawboost Alert, Lost and Found Pet Shelters in every county, and Jordan’s Way. They all ask people to consider adopting a shelter animal for a Christmas present instead of buying a purebred puppy for your family.
Abandoned animals also need a safe place to wait in a new home. They don’t understand their abandonment and often suffer from separation anxiety. There are a multitude of reasons why pets end up in shelters. Thank goodness we have these loving institutions that they can live in during those instances when the pet owner no longer wants their dog or can’t care for their innocent pet due to poor health.
As a senior and now a widow, I knew what I wanted to do the minute I decided I wanted another dog. I would adopt a shelter dog! My ideal dog should be a female, of medium size, up to six years old, and a larger dog than I was used to, because over the many years of marriage we had always had tiny purebred mites. pure like the Pomeranians, Toy Poodles, Lhasa Apsos and Yorkshire Terriers. But when I saw this beautiful and stylish hound dog mix on Facebook during one of my sharing sessions, I immediately fell in love. Mysteriously, I couldn’t get her out of my mind. I made the call, made an appointment to meet her at Citrus County Animal Services, and the rest is history.
After some time spent with her, I decided that Libby was better than I expected! To me, she seems to be the happiest dog I have ever seen. She lifts her heels and frolics around my large backyard like Snoopy does in the old Peanut cartoon. She can run faster than a deer and warns me if anyone is near my fence. She will be a great companion for all of us who live in this place.
To find your lifelong friend, come meet the pets of Citrus County Animal Services located in Inverness at 4030 S. Airport Road, behind the Speedway and the Citrus County Fairgrounds and Auditorium. The adoption of the refuge and the opening hours of the reception are as follows: Sunday, Monday and public holidays, they are closed. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, they are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Thursday, they are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call them at 352-726-4120 or 352-746-8400 for the office, or send an email [email protected], or call her at 352-746-8408.
“In addition to our animal shelter, we participate in many awareness and adoption events. Please check our website www.citruscritters.com for upcoming events and promotions! Said Erin Cantrell, Customer Service Representative for Citrus County Animal Services. She can be contacted at: [email protected]
Incidentally, for a short period of time, all dog and cat shelter fees are waived at Citrus County Animal Services. One only pays a $ 10 fee for their county license. So hurry up and get your furbaby before this generous offer expires. The usual fee for dogs and puppies is $ 60, and cats and kittens is $ 35.