Love for Lonnie

Love for Lonnie

-A Great Reason to Adopt Not Shop-
by Candace Dunbar, Office Manager, Peoria Area Veterinary Group of Peoria

Have you ever had that one special pet that you fell in love with the very second you saw him or her? A pet that melts your heart when they gaze into your soul? A pet that makes you laugh for doing silly things? A pet that is the whole package & then some?
I have had the pleasure of having two of those once in a lifetime pets – Ella, my Mini Dachshund who filled my heart for 13 wonderful years whom we lost last September, and Lonnie, our newly acquired 2 year old Beagle with Chondrodystrophy (dwarfism).

I met my 2nd pet soul-mate, Lonnie, while working here at DVCII last July. “Lonnie Lovebug” came in for a routine appointment on July 24, 2015 with his owner/breeder, Carol, and it was love at first sight! I fell in love with his droopy little ears and wrinkly face, and his short, little stubby legs. He was absolutely perfect!

Last December, the opportunity arose that my family and I could take Lonnie in as a foster. Of course, my husband, two boys, our Labrador Jack and Chihuahua Lucy also fell in love. Lonnie was a keeper! Lonnie fills our home with joy, laughter, crazy Beagle howls (for food of course), and could snore his way through a tornado. He has his own little quirks, but we love him for all that he is. Lonnie gets attention wherever he goes and he is the host with the most when company comes over. Noone can resist his sweet face and mellow, loving personality. He is an absolute blessing to our family & is a perfect fit! We are truly forever grateful to Carol for introducing Lonnie into our lives & letting us give him a forever home with our family.

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1. Because you’ll save a life. ~ A shelter pet is more than one in a million—she’s one in 2.7 million. That’s the number of adoptable dogs and cats who are still euthanized each year in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people adopt. The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. When you adopt, you save your animal and open up shelter space for another animal who might need it.

2. Because you’ll get a great animal. ~ Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to take them home. Most shelter pets ended up there because of a human problem like a move or a divorce, not because the animal did anything wrong.

3. Because you’ll get a great bargain. ~When you adopt a pet, the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations and sometimes microchipping is usually included in the adoption price, which means you’ve scored a major deal—a fuzzy deal who will thank you with kisses or purrs for years to come.

4. Because of the bragging rights. ~ No one needs to see another selfie—unless it’s a selfie of you with the adorable cat you just adopted, like the hero you are! Adopt a pet, post the pictures and let the love (likes) roll in. (I can vouch for this! Lonnie is a FaceBook sensation!)

5. Because it’s one way to fight puppy mills. ~ You’re too smart to get a dog from a pet store or online seller—you might as well buy direct from a puppy mill.Puppy mills are “factory style” breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Animals from puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and are often very sick and behaviorally troubled as a result. The moms of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they’re no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction. Most puppies in pet stores and sold online come from puppy mills. The dogs are sold to unsuspecting consumers in pet stores, over the Internet and through classified ads. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop supporting them. By adopting a pet, you can be certain you aren’t giving them a dime.

6. Because your decor will thank you. ~ Many of the pets from shelters and rescues are already housetrained, which means you’re not only saving a pet’s life, you may be saving your rug.

7. Because all pets are good for your health, but an adopted pet is good for your self-esteem. ~ Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups. And when you adopt, you can also feel proud about helping an animal in need.

8. Because you’re environmentally responsible. ~ You recycle your paper and plastic so it doesn’t end up in landfills, and you know that recycled materials make all sorts of things. A “recycled” pet can make something even better: She can make you happy.

9. Because The Shelter Pet Project will make it super-easy. ~ We like easy. Go to the Shelter Pet Project to find pets near you, of every size, color, temperament and breed. You want an orange cat who likes ear-scratches on alternate Tuesdays? You can probably find one.

10. Because you’ll change a homeless animal’s whole world. ~ And get a new best friend in the bargain. Seriously, what could be better than that?

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