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Melany Myers

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Today is “National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day” and right now if a great time to adopt a friend!  This day is focused on raising awareness for thousands of pets that are waiting for and needing adoption from shelters.  Today also encourages you to visit a shelter near you and find your new fur baby.

Animal shelters require year-round assistance and adoption is a part of the process.And even though our “new normal” has changed, the animals still need help.  Obviously, you have to think about your home and your lifestyle before thinking of adopting a new member of the family as pets require lots of time and attention.

Last year, right around this time, I was thinking about adopting another dog. My dog Maxwell passed on December 18, 2018, and then my dog Gypsy passed on March 20, 2019. I lost both my babies within three months, and my heart was completely shattered. I truly didn’t think that I would have another dog in my life for a very long time.

Then I saw Kramer. It was May of 2019 and I was scrolling through Facebook. His picture popped up on the Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement Facebook page. I can’t explain it…..there was just something about his face that spoke to me. He did look a bit like my Maxwell, so that may have had something to do with my interest. The day after I saw Kramer, I called to inquire about him.

The Friday of that week, which would be May 17, I went to the Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement shelter to meet Kramer. They were calling him “Kevin”. Took about five minutes for me to decided that he was meant to be mine. I took care of all the details, put Kramer in the Jeep, and he hasn’t left my side since.

This past December, while scrolling through Facebook, I saw a picture of a 12 year-old Jack Russell Terrier that needed help. Apparently, the owners of the dog dumped her at the pound. Again, something about this dog’s face snagged my attention. I made an inquiry, and found out that a Jack Russell rescue group got the dog out of the pound.

After a few messages, I was on my way to pick up Mollie. I was only supposed to foster her for a few days but I knew as soon as I picked her up that she would be mine. Poor thing was really sick, and after a vet visit, I found out she had numerous infections. The vet said if she made it through the illnesses, then she should be ok. Thank goodness she did! Mollie is now a happy (most of the time) and healthy dog.

It took some time for Kramer and Mollie to get along, but that’s normal. The two play daily and enjoy each other….most of the time. LOL!

With our “new normal” including staying at home more, lots of people are in need of companionship. If that’s you, or if you know of someone, a pet might make a great friend. I know that I’d be lost without my two crazies! Having a pet can add so much love into your life!

Find out more details on pet adoption here and here. If you’re unable to adopt or foster a pet but still want to help, on the shelter pages there is info on how you can do that.

Now I’m off to find something special for my to adopted dolls at home. In celebration, maybe I’ll get them some chicken nuggets…they love those!