Category Archives: adoptions

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

Jamie’s Forever Home

When I was seventeen, my parents gave me permission to get my first dog. I knew I wanted a young, adult dog, a dog that would be good with cats (we had four at the time), and a small to medium sized dog. I wasn’t sure what breed would be the best fit, but I knew I wanted to adopt a dog from a rescue or shelter. So, I began my research and journey to find the perfect dog for me.

I read up on all kinds of breeds of dogs and their general temperament, grooming needs, and trainability. Once I had a general idea of what breed would be a potential match, I started searching the internet for rescues and shelters that were located close to me. Then I came across Petfinder.com.

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Petfinder.com allows you to search all rescues/shelters from all over the country. You can search by your zip code and distance and narrow your results by the type of pet you want, their breed, age, and gender. You can additionally search for pets that are housebroken, declawed, have special needs, and the rescue/shelters tell you if the pet is good with children and other pets. Petfinder.com shows you pictures and descriptions of each pet and also has helpful articles to read and resources to check out.

After looking on Petfinder.com for a few months, I found a dog whose picture melted my heart. She was perfect in every way and was located in Harrisburg, PA. I quickly contacted the rescue and set up a time to go meet her for the first time. When my parents and I pulled up to the rescue, Jamie (then named Connie), was waiting for us outside. We took her home that day and she’s been my little fur-baby ever since.

Here is a picture of little Jamie!

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If you are looking to rescue a pet, I would highly recommend using Petfinder.com to aid in your search. If you have questions about adoption, our team at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital would be happy to help in any way we can. We are located in beautiful Frederick, Maryland.

 

Adoption Options in Frederick, MD

Many of you are aware of Frederick County Animal Control, a division of Frederick County Government located on Rosemont Avenue. They have dogs, cats, rabbits and pocket pets available for adoption. The animals can be viewed at the shelter, on the internet via Petfinder, or Petango. They also have a Facebook page that have pictures of available animals.

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The Frederick Humane Society is an animal welfare group that provides resources and programs to pet owners. Presently it does not have a shelter, but does have several cats in its office available for adoption.

 

Another, maybeanimalfrederickcounty less known place to adopt in Frederick, MD, is the Animal Welfare League. The Animal Welfare League is a no kill organization that provides foster care until permanent placement can be found. Their animals available for adoption can be viewed on Petfinder.

 

 

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Pet Connect Rescue is another network that fosters canines and felines until they find their forever home. They also have a transitional temporary refuge, Muddy Paws Farm, in Mt Airy, MD. Their animals available for adoption can be found at Petconnectrescue.org. They also have Meet and Greets and scheduled 2-3 times a month where animals can be viewed. The schedule of events/activities can be also be viewed on their website.

We at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital have the opportunity to meet many incredible animals that have been adopted from all of these wonderful animal welfare groups! Adopting an animal is a decision that should not be made lightly- Most of these animals have previously lived in other homes and deserve to find their forever home. If your not ready for adoption, all these groups are always in need for loving volunteers!

Here are some of the pet’s we’ve seen be adopted locally here in Frederick!

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                              Coconut 

To read more about Coconut, please see our blog at: Coconut’s Story

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                               Chihiro

To read more about Chihiro, please see our blog at: Chihiro’s Story

 

17 Million Adoptions and Counting – Paw Nation Talks With Petfinder Co-founder Betsy Saul


As much as this thing we call the Internet has changed the lives of humans all over the planet, it’s had perhaps an even greater impact on another, slightly furrier species: shelter pets.

The Internet has connected millions upon millions of lonely shelter puppies and kitties with forever homes, facilitated a boom in pet fostering, and changed the way we look at adopting pets altogether. One of the adoption innovators responsible for this shelter pet revolution is none other than Petfinder co-founder Betsy Saul.

As part of our coverage of Petfinder’s Adopt the Internet Day (March 15), Paw Nation got the chance to chat with Saul about Petfinder’s humble beginnings, the joy of rescuing pets and the letters she gets about some of the 17 million animals that have been adopted through Petfinder.

Petfinder.com has been going strong since 1996. Can you give us a little history of how the whole Petfinder phenomenon came about?
When Jared Saul, my ex-husband, and I started Petfinder 15 years ago, we never dreamed it would be as powerful as it turned out to be. I remember hoping that we could save at least one life a month. And I remember fantasizing about being able to do it as a part-time job — and really give it the attention it deserved. This year we expect to help find families for 2.5 million pets and there is a whole team of people working full-time to make sure we meet our goal to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets.

We thought that if only people knew about the vast amount of love waiting in shelters — the loyal companions just waiting to be chosen and taken home — then we would increase adoptions and be able to stop killing pets simply for lack of a home. Nobody wanted to euthanize so many pets, but folks just weren’t going to the shelters to adopt and there was a seemingly endless tide of unwanted animals. When we started Petfinder in 1996, it is estimated that the U.S. was euthanizing more than 16 million pets in shelters. This year, that number will be less than 4 million — still too high, but amazing progress by the animal welfare community in 15 years. There are about 325,000 pets posted from more than 13,500 adoption organizations.

What was the goal of Petfinder in the early days? How did it change?
Our focus has always been on adoption and more support is needed for fostering and adoption. To try to muster enthusiasm for their plight, we’ve launched initiatives that keep everyone’s eye on homeless pets. From turtles and barnyard animals, to cats and dogs, we will continue to bring them into your living room, office, and iPhone. Even the more beleaguered get their own celebration, like Adopt-a-less-adoptable-pet Month in September.

These days, we’re not only about showcasing homeless pets. We also work to help make sure that once they are adopted, that family is their “furever” home. And that they really are a part of the family. How do we keep pets out of the shelters and in their homes? We’ve launched FurKeeps, a program that focuses on reducing the number of pets going into the shelters.

FurKeeps has three parts. We promote microchipping and registration of the microchips, so when pets get lost, we can help them find their way home. For this we’ve partnered with HomeAgain. We ask people to get pet health insurance, because no family member should be abandoned or euthanized because his pet parent can’t afford medical treatment. For insurance, we’ve partnered with PetFirst. Finally, we ask people to train their pets (yes, cats too!) with positive training techniques that feel like play and forge an unbreakable bond.

Do you have any tips for prospective pet parents to make the best adoption for their lifestyle?
Yes! Take stock of your lifestyle and be honest with yourself and the adoption group about how much time you want to devote to a new family member and how you want to spend that time. Do you want a running companion? Do you want a couch potato when you come home from work? (There’s no shame in that and a lot of pets who’d be happy to oblige.) Go to Petfinder.com and check out the Before You Adopt videos on the right side of the home page.

What’s your proudest achievement when it comes to PetFinder?
My favorite part of Petfinder are the e-mails that come in from happy adopters that say (and this is very, very common), “I thought I was going to the shelter to save a pet and it turned out that she was the one saving me.” Pets play such an important role in our lives. They greet us first when we walk in the door, they love us almost unconditionally, and they get us outside of ourselves — which is all very healthy. Pets actually make us healthier. I love it when we hear that one of our Petfinder pets changed someone’s life. Here was an animal that nobody wanted who has now shown us the power of friendship, love, companionship, and on and on. After 15 years, it still gives me goosebumps.

by Josh Loposer