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KAH Invites You To Fall In Love With A Shelter Dog: Part 2

Some more members of Kingsbrook Animal Hospital‘s staff were dog-gone excited to share their reasons for adopting a shelter dog:

Dr. Walker with her rescue pup Timmy

Dr. Walker, DVM: “I met each of my dogs when they were slated for euthanasia through a local shelter, and I just knew I had to give them each another chance. I couldn’t imagine a world without either of my sweet pups.”

Katie, RVT: “Everyone should rescue at least one pet! Since my family has no need for a specific breed of dog, I wanted to not only save a life but to set an example for my kids that everyone deserves a second chance.”

Kayla, Vet Assistant: “Rescue dogs need help and they need loving families. Bruce  was already ‘on hold’ at the shelter, but I insisted on meeting him anyway. The other family changed their mind and we took Bruce home that same day. Love, especially ‘puppy love,’ will always find a way!”

KAH Vet Assistant Kayla with her adorable boy Bruce

Sara, Vet Assistant: “I feel so badly about animals in shelters; most of the time, it isn’t their fault that they ended up there. A lot of them have really sad stories, like owners who get a divorce or pets who are surrendered because their elderly owners can’t keep them in a nursing home. It helps all the animals in the shelter to adopt a pet, because you not only save a life but you free up space and resources for another pet in need.”

Lainey, RVT: “I was really looking for a more mature dog who had some life experience. So many dogs in shelters are already obedience trained and housebroken, and it’s easy to get some background information about them from

KAH Vet Assistant Robin and rescue dog Jacoby pose for a quick selfie

the shelter—like are they good with other dogs, or good with cats? Their personalities are already formed and you know exactly what you’re getting.”

Robin, Vet Assistant: “All of my pets, even as a child, were rescues. I feel like dogs from the shelter are super grateful for the new lease on life, and they form extra-loving bonds because of that.”


By now, many Frederick residents are probably wondering how to get in on the rescue action!  Kingsbrook Animal Hospital recommends checking out Frederick County Animal Control’s current furry friends-in-need by checking out their PetFinder page here.

KAH Invites You To Fall In Love With A Shelter Dog: Part 1

October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital in Frederick, MD we invite you to Fall In Love With a Shelter Dog!
To celebrate adoption, we asked staff members to tell us why they decided to rescue a dog from a shelter. Below are their answers, as well as some photos of their cherished canines.

KAH technician Sam with her adopted dog Emmie

Sam, RVT: “I saw a picture of Emmie on PetFinder and I just knew she was the dog for me. Adopting a dog is great because you get the same unconditional love for less money. All of my pets have always been rescues.”

Nora, RVT: “I met my dogs as patients here at KAH, through Frederick County Animal Control. I fell in love and was looking to expand my family—it’s like it was meant to be!”

KAH technician Nora with her rescue pup Sophia

Tiffany, CSR: “I met Dixie Petunia as a patient. She came to the hospital from the shelter for a spay surgery. She was so malnourished, and most of her hair was missing—but she was so sweet! I helped nurse her back to health, and by then it was the holiday season…so Dixie Petunia was my Christmas gift to myself.”

Dr. Riley, DVM: “There is just such a need to rescue animals, I never even considered going elsewhere. My family really wanted to help homeless pets and save a life.”

KAH technician Rush with furry family member Wallace

Rush, RVT: “I really wanted a one-of-a-kind mixed-breed dog, and I fell in love with Wallace when I saw his photo on the PetFinder website. There are just so many dogs who need homes, and it makes me really happy to know that Wallace is such a ‘unique snowflake.’”

Nyx, Vet Assistant: “Maui was returned to the shelter by a family who just didn’t want her anymore. It was such a sad story, and when she came in to KAH as a foster I couldn’t help falling in love. I wanted to give her another chance, and me & my kids are so glad I did.”


Stay tuned for more adoption stories in Kingsbrook Animal Hospital‘s “Fall In Love With A Shelter Dog: Part 2”!

Kingsbrook Animal Hospital in Frederick, MD, Celebrates National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

November 6th through 12th is National Animal Shelter Appreciation week!  KAH has a great partnership with Frederick County Animal Control (FCAC), which runs a wonderful animal shelter. Many of our most loving and grateful patients here at KAH are rescues from FCAC. However, there are still lots of animals at FCAC waiting patiently for a new family- many of them are senior pets.

FCAC is located at 1832 Rosemont Avenue in Frederick. You can also visit their website at:  FCAC not only helps care for animals in need of homes, but also helps to educate the public about laws involving animals and issues in our area that may affect our pets. FCAC offers many great resources for pet owners including a library on animal behavior, assistance finding lost or missing pets, a pet food bank for pet owners who cannot afford food for their furry family members, and even quarterly rabies/microchip clinics.

KAH's 2016 Vet Academy students at FCAC

KAH’s 2016 Vet Academy students at FCAC

In early October, Kingsbrook Animal Hospital’s Vet Academy met at FCAC to discuss adopting pets, the importance of spaying/neutering, and shelter medicine. At FCAC, KAH’s Vet Academy students learned that shelter medicine concentrates on keeping animals in shelters healthy and happy by preventing and controlling infectious diseases such as kennel cough. Our Vet Academy students were also given a behind-the-scenes tour of the shelter. Afterwards, they took a few moments to express their appreciation for all of the hard work that everyone at FCAC puts in each day!

To honor National Animal Shelter Appreciation week, the staff of Kingsbrook Animal Hospital donated $500.00 of pet food to Frederick County Animal Control. This contribution will help ensure that all of FCAC’s “guests” have plenty to eat while they’re waiting for their new forever families. The funds for the donation came from KAH’s Kylie and Cricket Memorial Fund, a nonprofit fundraising organization that helps Kingsbrook Animal Hospital give back to the community. You can check out the Kylie & Cricket blog page at

KAH employees Tiki and Julie showcasing our $500 food donation!

KAH employees Tiki and Julie showcasing our $500 food donation!

To learn more about Frederick County Animal Control, or to make a contribution, refer to the FCAC website at  Another great organization KAH has worked with in the past is the Animal Welfare League of Frederick: Click here to visit their website!

Molly’s Lucky Day

Kingsbrook Animal Hospital veterinarian, Dr. Davis, and his family recently adopted an adorable puppy they named Molly! When he brought her to Kingsbrook to meet us, we couldn’t help but take the opportunity to ask him a few questions.

1-Dr Davis working with Molly

Melissa: Congratulations on your adoption of Molly!

MD: Thank you.. we really got lucky with her!

Melissa: What led you to the decision to adopt a dog?

MD: As with many things, it just seemed to happen.   My wife’s cousin sent me a picture of a cute puppy she wanted to adopt and asked if I would be a good-owner reference to the rescue group for her. She then told me that there were more pups from that litter, and that was pretty much it for me.   Of course, I’m pretty sure the whole thing was a conspiracy between my wife and her cousin…

Melissa: Haha! Did you do any research to help you decide what kind of dog would be a good fit for your family?

MD: We have small children and live near water, so we were thinking about a medium to large dog that liked to swim & would be more tolerant of children.   The rescue group suspected that Molly was a labrador mix, but it turns out she is mostly golden retriever, despite her coloring. We expected her to be larger, too, but we are very happy that it seems she will only weigh about 30 lbs when she is full grown.

Melissa: What is Molly’s favorite thing to do? Or maybe your favorite thing to do with Molly? 🙂

MD: Molly has lots of things she loves to do. She loves the kids, especially when they drop food from the table, she also loves to swim and chase her ball.

Melissa: And her least favorite?

MD: Her least favorite thing is getting into the car, even when it’s to go somewhere fun! We are working on that & she already seems to be less reluctant to hop in with us.

Regardless of not yet loving car rides, all of our KAH family could agree that Molly is a very lucky girl. We are so happy for Dr. Davis and his family!

1-Dr. Davis and Molly

Meet GiGi! ( or gg for good girl )

Gigi is a one year old chihuahua mix that was just recently adopted by Eileen. Gigi was rescued from a shelter in Kentucky and had made several trips with her rescue group to Maryland to an adoption show but no one adopted her,luckily for Eileen 🙂 The minute Eileen met her she knew this was the dog for her! She is very sweet and outgoing and happy to meet everyone, so please if you see her in the office stop and say hello. She would just love it.

Second Chance at Love

This is Lilly, a 2 year old female mixed breed who has a very inspirational story. Her current owner, who was pregnant at the time, found her in Baltimore, MD severely beaten and left for dead on the side of the road. She saved her life. She has now had Lilly for about 2 years and she is a very happy pup. Lilly shows no signs of her past other than an adorable lopsided ear. She is definitely a fighter at heart and is lucky to have found herself in a great situation now with such caring owners! We thank them for saving her!

Puppy Mill Dogs SPEAK!

Dog trainer and behavioral consultant Chris Shaughness has announced the release of “Puppy Mill Dogs SPEAK!” a book that reveals the inspirational stories of people who adopted dogs used as breeders in puppy mills, the adult male and female dogs kept captive their entire life to produce puppies for pet stores.

“Puppy Mill Dogs SPEAK!” details the behaviorial and health issues presented by rescue dogs and the puppies they produce, and also provides both practical advice for overcoming these problems and and other training challenges common to all dog owners.

This book can be purchased online at or

Rescue Me

Hi my name is Jax and this is my wonderful new family. I’m a pure bred Rat Terrier. My new family flew all the way to Jacksonville, Florida to adopt me from a rescue league. There are many rescue leagues that have pure bred dogs up for adoption. So, you don’t have to pay a ton of money to purchase from a pet store or breeder (the plane ticket was probably cheaper!)

Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month

March is Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month and Kingsbrook Animal Hospital would like to encourage you to make adoption your first option when thinking about adding a guinea pig to yor family. These adorable little piggies make very sweet family pets. The guinea pig is quiet, small, has low-cost upkeep and is very affectionate.

For more information about adopting a rescued guinea pig, contact Small Angels Rescue, Inc. at 301-668-0404 or e-mail at

You can also view all of the small mammals up for adoption at

Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month

House Rabbit Society (HRS), an international nonprofit animal rescue and education group, promotes February as “Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month.”

Mary Cotter, Marketing/Education Director of the Richmond-based HRS, says that the timing of this educational effort couldn’t be better. “Promoting adoption and educating potential adopters early in the year helps to prevent the impulse purchase of bunnies a month or two later at Easter time. This, in turn, will reduce the number of rabbits relinquished to shelters.” This month, HRS volunteers will be putting in many extra hours to teach potential adopters what to expect when living with a rabbit.

“For the right people, rabbits are wonderful indoor companions” says HRS President Kathleen Wilsbach. “They get along with many other companion animals (including gentle cats and dogs), are intelligent, affectionate and inquisitive, and can readily learn to use a litter box.”

“However,” she warns, “they can also be destructive. The ideal “rabbit person,” in addition to being calm, patient and eager to get to know a rabbit on his own terms, must be willing to rabbit-proof an appropriate exercise area in the home to prevent damage from chewing.”

HRS works to debunk the myth that rabbits are ideal pets for children; in reality, even baby bunnies tend to be willful and independent, do not enjoy being picked up and carried, and are easily injured when dropped. HRS also cautions against buying or adopting a rabbit as a gift, or on a whim, as the novelty usually wears off quickly. When a family realizes how much day-to-day work is involved, the rabbit is, unfortunately, surrendered to a shelter, or– worse — released outdoors, where he often becomes the victim of a predatory animal or a speeding car.

The mission of HRS is twofold: to educate the public about these often-misunderstood companion animals, and to help rescue and “re-home” domestic rabbits. HRS advocates spaying and neutering rabbits – both for health reasons and also to help put an end to the animal overpopulation problem.

For more information on Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month, log onto House Rabbit Societyat