This week, we have a golden bachelor whose loyalty will outshine anyone you meet on a dating app - he’s tall, dark, handsome… and solid. Meet Schwartz! An 8 year old black lab mix, who has that little bit of salt and pepper that makes an older gent look distinguished. Don’t let his age fool you though, he has lots of energy and is a true Labrador Retriever in every sense - always happy and ready to greet you with a big grin. Although, Schwartz is not aware of his size, so a home without smaller animals is recommended.
If you’re interested in retrieving Schwartz, you can meet him at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, and if you can't adopt, please share his information. Remember that foster homes are always needed as fostering helps the shelter save even more. Read about thebenefits of fostering here. You can also help the shelter through donations, supplies or volunteering. Consider a Cage Sponsorship or contributing to their Medical Relief Fund. Every little bit helps!
Also, consider one of our previously featured pups, Bruno! He is a 1 1/2 year old tan and white pittie mix who is a Miracle K9 Graduate, ready to show off his skills to his new family!! He has also been at the shelter since last January - a happily ever after home would be a great gift to al of us who love Bruno.
We’ve talked about Bruno before - the handsome, energetic, good vibes tan and white pittie mix who has known shelter life since January. Not even 2 years old, (1 year and 7 months actually), he doesn’t understand why he’s been overlooked for so long, nor do the folks at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter. He’s even been to Miracle K9 training school (a 30 day board and train program), and he’s eager to show off his smarts and skills, but people continue to pass him by. The folks at the shelter know how disheartening this can be, so they hooked Bruno up and he is now in a foster home, to give him a sense of belonging and to prepare him for his perfect person or family. We know you’re out there!
If you’ve ever been overlooked by a team you know you’d be great on, you know how Bruno feels. Bruno walks well on a leash, knows the commands to come when called, sit and lay down when asked and is working on furthering his off leash commands. He also has the makings of an agility or rally dog - and that’s no small feet. It takes smarts, and major obedience skills, and everyone who's met Bruno believes with continued training, he'd be great at either sport. If this training talk intimidates you - worry not! He comes with his basic training supplies, go home lessons, plus, follow up training at Miracle K9, free of charge. If you thought that dogs don't come with a training manual, this one does!!
Bruno is great with kids, but they are recommending his family have older children and even though he also does well with other dogs, he'd be happiest as your one and only copilot.
Remember that foster homes are always needed and help the shelter save even more. Read about the benefits of fostering here. You can also help the shelter through donations, supplies or volunteering. Consider a Cage Sponsorship or contributing to their Medical Relief Fund. Every little bit helps!
Who needs a Big Mac when you’ve got a Quarter Pounder? (With or without cheese). Quarter Pounder is quite the handsome 5 year old, white & brindle bulldog mix, full of wiggles and wags, and would love to be your one and only burger buddy.
Quarter Pounder is learning his leash manners and loves snuggling with his humans. He is also a pup who would do well with older kids.
You can meet Quarter Pounder in person at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, and if you can’t adopt, please share his information.
Also, consider one of our previously featured pups, Bruno! He is a 1 1/2 year old Miracle K9 Graduate, ready to show off his new skills!
Have you considered becoming a foster? The Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter does an amazing job helping homeless animals, but they can’t do it alone. There are so many benefits to becoming a foster. Aside from creating space for the shelter to save another, you’re helping a dog get ready for his or her new family by easing the transition of a shelter schedule to a home environment and routine. Fosters also have an advantage to observe the unique personalities or habits that can't be discovered in a shelter and the more that is known about a dog, the chances of placing him or her in the right home increases greatly.
If you are ready to adopt, consider one of our three featured canines who are still in need of a home. Billy, a hound mix who is a golden bachelor of 9 ready to chill in his new home. Scrappy, a one and a half year old sharpei mix who seems shy, but with patience, will be your bestie for life. Bruno is also one and a half and is a Miracle K9 graduate!
There are several situations in which fostering is needed, such as for sick or injured dogs, puppies who are too young to be in a shelter environment, senior dogs struggling to adapt to a shelter environment, and of course when there's just no room left. Even if it's just a vacay for the dog, fostering allows shelters to continue to help the homeless dogs in our city.
But what's in it for you? Well, dogs for one, not to mention the health benefits of having a pet, such as lowering blood pressure and helping with mental health. If you're in a situation where having a dog isn't in the budget, this is a great option as the shelter will supply you with what you need to care for your foster, including medical expenses. Or, if you're ready to adopt, but can't decide on who - the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter has a Foster to Adopt program. If you recently lost a pet and are feeling that void, but aren't ready to adopt yet, fostering is a great way to fill that void, to do some good and in some cases, you help to heal each other. I hear more often than not, how dog's actually rescued their people, not the other way around.
In 2010, I had a lot of blows from life, but the worst one was the death of Marble, my ultimate golden retriever co-pilot. After a couple of months, I couldn't take the emptiness as it was a constant reminder of who was no longer in my life. Giving back, helping get dogs ready for their new families helped me as much as it helped them. Did they break my heart again after they were adopted? The short answer is no. Some you miss, some aren't the right fit for the household. The toughest one was Roxy, a golden who had been used for breeding and never once set foot inside a house, then was surrendered at the age of 8 - she then became one of my fosters, and we got her home ready. When the perfect family wanted to adopt her, my heart admittedly sank. In situations like that, it eases the transition knowing there are so many more dogs to help. That said, failing at fostering and adopting a foster is the one fail where everyone wins.
The Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter is FULL!! There’s no vacancy at the canine inn, so, we are re-featuring the 4 remaining pups who still have not found their forever homes! Hera, a lovely lady with floppy ears and expressive eyes, Bruno, a Miracle K9 graduate, Billy a gentle golden bachelor hound mix and Scrappy a sweet Sharpei mix!! When the shelter is at capacity, it's through foster homes they are able to continue to help abandoned, sick and homeless dogs. If you’ve ever thought about fostering, now is the perfect time to take the plunge!
Hera is a lovely silver lady with expressive eyes that will melt your heart - a 7 year old super sweet terrier pittie mix, who has been at the shelter since March - her foster family says she’s the kind of well behaved guest you want to stay! Zero accidents, and she even puts herself to bed. She also has great leash skills that she loves to show off! Hera is a people pup - just like a people person, but so much better, so she’ll make a great only copilot. The folks at the shelter can't believe this super good girl still hasn't found her forever home!
Bruno is a fun, energetic 1 1/2 year old Brindle and tan pittie mix who's bee at the shelter since January - which means he’s spent nearly 1/2 of his life in a shelter, The folks at the shelter hooked him up with Miracle K9 training for 30 days and he came back with leash manners and knows all kinds of commands. Bruno is very smart!! But don't worry, his new family will get his training info plus follow up visits with Miracle K9 (so they can be doggone smart too)! Bruno would make a great jogging/hiking buddy. He loves the water, his toys and could become quite the rally or agility pup. Bruno does like playing with other dogs, but will probably be happiest as an only copilot. He also likes kids, but they recommend his new family have kids 14 and older.
Billy is 9 year old handsome hound mix. This golden bachelor enjoys chill walks and afternoon naps. Always happy to see the shelter staff and ready to show it with kisses. Billy is a gentleman with a heart of pure gold and he does well with other calm, respectful pups. As great as the staff is at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, a shelter is no place for a senior, and there are so many advantages to adopting a senior dog! They're usually already trained, and still easily learn a new schedule (the old adage of "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" is total bs - whoever said that didn't understand dogs at ALL). Seniors are also already calm and happy to just chill at your side most of the time. The best part is giving a dog who has given his or her best years only to find themselves alone in a shelter the retirement that is worthy of the love, loyalty and acceptance they gave and are still ready and willing to give.
Scrappy is a one and a half year old tan Sharpei mix, who has spent much of his young life in a shelter, so he’s been hooked up with a foster home so he’s ready for his new family with fresh home training!! According to his fosters, Scrappy has learned a couple of basics quickly, gets along with his furry foster siblings and gets a gold star for being accident free! He is a little shy when you first meet him, but with a little time, he’ll be your bestie for life! Scrappy also loves toys and is a de-fluff enthusiast!
You can meet any one (or all) of the Fabulous Four, as well as plenty of potential copilots at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter and of course Foster Homes are always needed, especially now!! You can also help the shelter through donations, supplies or volunteering. Consider a Cage Sponsorship or contributing to their Medical Relief Fund. Every little bit helps!
The gentleman we want to introduce you to is Billy! A 9 year old hound mix. This golden bachelor enjoys chill walks and afternoon naps. Always happy to see the shelter staff and ready to show it with kisses. Billy has a heart of pure gold and he does well with other calm, respectful pups. As great as the staff is at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, a shelter is no place for a senior, and there are so many advantages to adopting a senior dog! They're usually already trained, and still easily learn a new schedule (the old adage of "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" is total bs - whoever said that didn't understand dogs at ALL). Seniors are also already calm and happy to just chill at your side most of the time. The best part is giving a dog who has given his or her best years only to find themselves alone in a shelter the retirement that's worthy of the love, loyalty and acceptance they gave and are still ready and willing to give.
The quality of time really does beat quantity. Giving a senior pup a well deserved second chance to live out their days is much more rewarding and outshines any sorrow of the time we will inevitably wish we had with them, knowing we're saving them from the daily stress, uncertainty and fear of shelter life as an abandoned senior.
Meet Billy in person at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, and if you can’t adopt, please share Billy's information. You can also check out previously featured pups who still need a home as well, like Scrappy, a one and 1/2 year old Sharpei mix, or Hera, a lovely girl that the shelter staff can't believe no one has adopted yet, or educated Bruno, who wants to show off his new good boy skills. Foster homes are always needed. You can also help the shelter through donations, supplies or volunteering. Consider a Cage Sponsorship or contributing to their Medical Relief Fund. Every little bit helps!