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Letter to the editor: Shelter dogs

March 9, 2017

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To the editor:

I see the ads for dogs of different breeds bred for the purpose of creating a “designer dog” and charging $600-$700 for pups. I love dogs and I’m sure the pups are very lovable.

However, folks, in case you were not informed, there are many mixed breed dogs at the shelter and many to choose from. I guarantee these dogs are just as cute, just as smart and just as lovable and will give you years of companionship, affection and entertainment. And the great thing is they don’t cost an arm and a leg and you will be giving an unwanted or unlucky dog a chance at a good life. I got my last dog out there; she is part boxer and part Rhodesian Ridgeback. I guess in designer terms she would be a Rhobox dog, but she is the love of my life and one of the smartest moves I’ve ever made. So, everyone looking for a great companion, please check out the shelter kennel. You won’t be disappointed.

Comments

Angel Gillaspie 9 months, 1 week ago

You know, I lost my 3-year-old dog over the weekend. I went out to the Humane Society to see what dogs they had to offer. The only puppies they had were American bulldog mixes, but they wanted $200 for the adoption fee. Well, I cannot afford that. The majority of adoptable dogs they had were either Pit Bull mixes or American bulldog mixes. Then there were a couple of herding dogs and a beagle. The point I am trying to make is this - where are the other types of breeds? No chihuahas, no rat terriers, no schnauzers - all the dogs there were of similar size and most were between 2 and 3 years old. Why can't they have a variety? Where are the senior dogs? Where are the lap dogs? Surely they have other dogs they can offer for adoption. I am wondering if they have a waiting list for dogs of certain breeds meaning that those dogs are not made available to the general public. I was truly disappointed. I am considering looking at another area shelter to see what they have instead.

Zoe Flowers 9 months, 1 week ago

My son managed to adopt one that was not pit bull/mix, it was $300. That is a lot for a dog you really have no background on. I too, have been wondering for the last few years why there are so many pit bulls and pit bull mixes at the shelter.

Brandon Devlin 9 months, 1 week ago

We lost our 16-year old shepherd mix back in August (she was a shelter adoption) and adopted a new one from the shelter two weeks ago. Lab/husky mix, one year old, $100 adoption fee.

It just depends on when you're there; every time we've been there over the past couple of months trying to find the "just right" adoption, there have been plenty of different kinds.

Martin Brody 9 months, 1 week ago

Angel, check Petfinder.com. You can search for any breed and it will locate adoptable dogs in your area at various shelters or foster homes. The Humane Society can only adopt what is brought to the shelter, sometimes there are small dogs and sometimes there aren't.

It's not unusual for adoption fees to be two or three hundred dollars because it often includes spay/neutering, a vet exam and blood tests. A dog from a breeder will often be triple or quadruple that amount. Dogs aren't cheap to take care of, so keep that in mind. The cost of vet visits, dental cleanings and food can add up over the course of a year. I hope you find the pet you're looking for.

Richard Aronoff 9 months, 1 week ago

You can also go to your favorite search engine and look for specific breed rescue groups. Try "(breed) rescue Kansas" --- Example: a search for "German shepherd rescue Kansas" produces this link: http://germanshepherd.rescueme.org/Kansas

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