LOCAL NO-KILL DOG SHELTER MUST UNEXPECTEDLY CLOSE: ADOPTION DRIVE TO HELP SAVE 71 DOGS
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2004
Family Dogs NW, a unique no-kill shelter that rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes dogs, must unexpectedly close their doors. Their last day of business is Sunday, February 15th. Family Dogs NW is hosting a Valentine's Day Adoption Drive, Saturday, February 14th, loam-6pm, to save as many dogs as possible before they must close. Dogs that are not adopted and cannot be placed into a foster home will face euthanasia.
Help Family Dogs NW achieve their goal of finding Valentine's Day homes for
71 homeless dogs and puppies. Because the shelter is forced to close (due tolack of funding and a 70% decrease in adoption rates this winter), the need for homes is critical. This Valentine's Day event is a terrific opportunity to bring a new source of companionship and happiness into your life while saving a life.
There are many wonderful dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes waiting for the chance to be your sweetheart. Dog and puppy adoption fees will be discounted at $100.00 from now through the 15th. There will be some "special needs" dogs available that will need patience, understanding, and training while they settle into family life. Their special adoption fee is $75.00.

The shelter is also desperately seeking financial donations from the public, to help cover veterinary expenses and basic care for many dogs that will need to be placed into extended-stay foster homes, to be adopted out later by their foster parents. This foster network will help to save the lives of the dogs that are not adopted by the 15th by opening their homes to them until they can be placed into their "forever" homes.

Please help if you can, and forward this email on to all your dog loving friends.
www.familydogsNW.com
Sidenote:
A radio personality on a local channel recently had a baby (well, his wife did). They gave their dog "Potter" to this shelter. He guy was talking about how glad he was that his dog was adopted. And, yes, I'm glad the dog was adopted as well.
But, why the HELL do people end up thinking that they cannot have a dog and a freakin' baby at the same time?!?
Shelly (Who just assisted in a rescue of a BSD that came from a family that had a 5 mos. old baby and the dog had been living in & escaping from a back yard since the baby arrived) & The Boys
But, why the HELL do people end up thinking that they cannot have a dog and a freakin' baby at the same time?!?

More to the point, why would anyone want to have a baby without having a dog around for clean-up when it's time to start said baby on solid food?
I seem to recall some recent research suggesting that children who grow up with multiple animals in the household are less likely to develope asthema or allergies.
Family Dogs NW, a unique no-kill shelter that rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes dogs, must unexpectedly close their doors.

I visited this particular shelter a couple of years ago, and frankly, I had a pretty poor impression of it.
Their dogs were kept together in large pen areas, rather than in seperate enclosures, which I thought was not the safest arrangement. This may be a somewhat petty observation, but they seemed to be staffed by a bunch of chain smokers, as there were overflowing ashtrays all over the place and everything reeked of cigarette smoke.

I know it's a tough job, and it's not one that I could happily do, but I can't say I'm suprised that they aren't able to continue.

Stafford A. Rau
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I wish I could find the online photos my sister showed me of her neighbor, who just had a baby, a home birth. There are a couple of photos titled "The birthing team", which show, lying on the bed, the mother holding newborn child, the father and the dog (shepard/lab mix), with midwife and duala standing on either side. Took one look and said "That's one family who's not going to give up the dog because they had a baby" and my sister said basically no way would they ever do that.
But, why the HELL do people end up thinking that they cannot have a dog and a freakin' baby at the same time?!?

More to the point, why would anyone want to have a baby without having a dog around for ... suggesting that children who grow up with multiple animals in the household are less likely to develope asthema or allergies.

I visited this particular shelter a couple of years ago, and frankly, I had a pretty poor impression of it. ... it's not one that I could happily do, but I can't say I'm suprised that they aren't able to continue.

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