I Support Pet Adoption

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Introduction to Doggie Matchmaker


Most people don't consider the dog/person relationship to be a complicated one. You know, you go to a pet store, choose the cutest puppy and go home. Once home, you play with your puppy, maybe do a little training and basically go about your normal life. From my own personal experience, I know that this is the fantasy version of "buying" a dog. Most of the time there is a significant amount of adjustment for both dog and person. Once people realize how complicated the addition of a dog can be, the dog could easily end up in the back yard or in their local shelter. There are a frightening number of animals discarded at the shelter each year due to behavior issues, never mind the fact that huge numbers of them are eventually put to sleep.

However, my purpose in creating this blog is not to lecture people on the mistreatment of animals in our society. Rather, I am attempting to bring the people of this city and the shelter dogs together. To do this, I am going to talk about the dogs at the West Los Angeles city shelter. As a volunteer there for the last 2 years, I have the honor of working closely with the dogs at West LA as a trainer/behaviorist, adoption counselor and dog walker! I work with a group of wonderful volunteers and between all of us we get to know the dogs very well, plus we actually help prepare them to be adopted. As a result, we can offer unique insight into the personalities of these dogs unlike any other service that you could work with to buy a dog. I hope that you will check in often to check out the amazing dogs who are looking for loving homes.

Feel free to comment or email me with questions. Thanks!

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