“Don’t buy a dog when you can adopt one from the shelter,” Amanda Burke told her mother, who was tempted by Dachshund puppies for sale at a flea market. Amanda’s mom was ready to bring a new pet into the family after losing her dog a month earlier.
Amanda decided to see what was available on Petfinder, so she went online, typed in Dachshund and up came Troy — a Dachshund/Basset Hound mix — at the Abingdon, VA, department of animal control’s C.C. Porter Animal Shelter.
“I took the grandkids by to meet him since my mom had work that day,” Amanda says, “and they fell in love with him.” The next day, they took Mom to the shelter to meet Troy. She was quite taken with him, but a puppy had recently been brought into the facility as well, so she was torn: the cute little puppy or Troy, an adult dog.
For Amanda, the choice was clear. She
knew puppies get adopted quickly, but Troy might never find a home. Even a 1-year-old dog stands less chance of being adopted. Her mom adopted Troy.
“It was a great decision,” Amanda says. “He is the sweetest
dog, loves the grandkids, and has already stolen Mom’s heart. She
changed his name to Oscar Meyer, but we call him Oscar.” Oscar has
found his forever home.
An added benefit to adopting an adult dog: Oscar was already house-trained. Anyone who has had a puppy knows that’s a bonus!
Of course, for Oscar, the real bonus is a forever home.
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