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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”!

Sweet and Surprising Senior Pets At Kingsbrook Animal Hospital

It’s November, and fall is well under way!  This month is the ASPCA’s National “Adopt A Senior Pet” month. Here at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital in Frederick, MD, each week in November we will focus on different topics concerning our senior furry friends, and things we can do to help make their later years more comfortable and enjoyable.

KAH assistant Tiki with her senior dog Ethel

KAH assistant Tiki with her senior dog Ethel

Often people are concerned about rescuing a dog or cat because of the perception that most animals who end up in shelters have behavior problems. Only an estimated ten percent of pets in shelters have been surrendered for behavioral reasons. The more common reasons animals end up in shelters are issues with other pets in the home; expanding their family (getting married/having a baby); allergies; divorce; financial reasons; and saddest of all, owners who pass away or are relocating to assisted living or nursing homes where they are unable to keep their beloved friend.  Many of the pets currently in animal shelters (between 60-70%) are senior pets. By shelter standards, this means they are five years old or older.


KAH patient Scout is a handsome and loving 7-year-old rescue.

KAH patient Scout is a handsome and loving 7-year-old rescue.

There are many great benefits to adopting an older pet. For example, their personality is already formed and easy to read; what you see is what you get, unlike with a puppy or kitten that hasn’t quite developed his or her identity yet. Another perk is that “senior” pets are more content to just be close companions. They aren’t as prone to destructive behavior or high-energy antics, so they will spend more time with their new owner (and their new owner doesn’t have to worry about training/managing a puppy or kitten!). Usually, older pets are already used to living in a house, so they arrive in their new homes housetrained/litterbox trained and accustomed to human schedules.

It’s true that some “senior” pets may require a little more right off the bat in the way of veterinary care. All pets will require preventatives and vaccinations, but an older pet usually has all of the “puppy shots” or “kitten shots” already. That being said, it’s a wise idea to take a potential new furry family member to the veterinarian right away to determine if there are any health concerns that may pose a financial problem.

Sweet, gentle rescue dog Lincoln made his first visit to KAH at 17 years old!

Sweet, gentle rescue dog Lincoln made his first visit to KAH at 17 years old!

The best advantage of all to adopting a senior dog or cat is knowing that they won’t become just a statistic–rescuing an older pet is definitely saving a life, since unfortunately these animals are at the highest risk of being euthanized because of shelter overcrowding. Welcoming one of these gentle, loving pets into a new family makes a real difference.

For more information, check out www.srdogs.com and www.petfinder.com/adopt-a-senior-pet-month.

KAH Technician Katie with patient Billy

KAH Technician Katie with patient Billy

The Top Ten Reasons To Adopt A Black Cat (by Kingsbrook Animal Hospital)

Statistically, black cats are have the lowest adoption rates. Why? Who knows! Maybe it’s the superstition that black cats are unlucky. Maybe it’s difficult for people to make a connection with a black cat in a poorly-lit kennel. Or maybe it’s because black cats don’t show up as well in photographs as their lighter colored comrades. Whatever the reason, black cats deserve a loving home, just like any other cat.

Registered technician Katie Bruner, cuddling a sweet tuxedo kitty. "Tuxedo" cats are those that are mostly black, with white feet and a white chest.

Registered technician Katie Bruner, cuddling a sweet tuxedo kitty. “Tuxedo” cats are those that are mostly black, with white feet and a white chest.

If you’re considering adding a kitty to your family, here are our top 10 reasons to pick a black cat!

10. You’ll never lose your black cat in a snowstorm.

9. Black goes with everything!

8. Black cats look like little panthers. Who doesn’t want a mini, tame panther??

7. Black is beautiful!

6. When you love a black cat, luck is on your side!

New patient Stanley has just finished his squeeze cheese... now it's playtime!

New patient Stanley has just finished his squeeze cheese… now it’s playtime!

5. Black cats are loving.

4. Black is slimming!

3. Research has shown that black cats may be more resistant to disease than other cats.

2. They make the perfect accessory for your witch/warlock costume for your Halloween party!

1. Black cats are least likely to be adopted.

Kingsbrook assistant Abby shows off an adorable five-week-old black kitten…who could say no to this sleepy little face?

If you’re looking for a black cat, make sure to check out Frederick County Animal Control, located right here in Frederick, MD. Don’t forget that the veterinarians here at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital don’t discriminate against black cats– all cats matter!

Kingsbrook Animal Hospital Puppy Stories- Julie’s Sullivan and Sasha Fierce


Baby Sullivan- 1 day old

I met Sullivan when he was 2 hours old. His nose was bright pink and he was solid white. He almost looked like a rat! But he was perfect as he fit in the palm of my hand. Unfortunately, his mother was unable to care for him or his brothers and sisters. So, they all went home with me in a home-made incubator. It turns out, I was not the best dog mommy either. At the end of the first week, we had lost all of the puppies to pneumonia except for one- little Sullivan. And he was very sick with a high fever. After consulting with our veterinarian we started him on antibiotics, but we worried that it would not be enough. In an effort to save him, we located another whippet mom who had had a litter 4 weeks earlier. Would she accept Sullivan as her own adopted puppy? At first she seemed hesitant, but the moment she heard him cry, she fell for him just as we had.


Mom and her 2 babies (look closely for Sullivan)


Sullivan- 1 wk old


Sullivan’s adopted mom had only one puppy in her litter. Now she had two. Sullivan was exactly 1 week old when he met his new 4 week old sister- Sasha Fierce. Sasha loved her little brother so much, we had to make sure she was not playing too rough as she initially was twice his size. With his new mom and sister, he quickly became a healthy puppy who thrived while tirelessly trying to keep up with his older sister. They are best friends to this day.

Both of Sullivan’s moms found forever homes. While I had intended on fostering Sullivan and Sasha until they were old enough to be adopted, I quickly realized that was not to be. I had so much fun watching these two grow into beautiful, playful, kindhearted dogs, that I knew they were already home.


Sullivan, all grown up!


Sasha Fierce and veterinary technician, Julie









These days you may see Sullivan advocating for doggie blood donation with Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank or Sasha Fierce making videos with the social media team at Kingsbrook Animal hospital. They love to hike, socialize, and play ‘wild kingdom’ in the back yard. Both Sullivan and Sasha Fierce love to attend events in Frederick with their Kingsbrook family,  but their favorite Kingsbrook activity is when they help teach our Vet Academy for kids. How lucky am I to call these guys my puppies!

By: Julie Fulghum, RVT


Sullivan 6 wks and Sasha Fierce 10 wks


Sullivan and Sasha Fierce- 5 years old

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