I am a Shelter Dog
I was left behind, cast out, forgotten, neglected, wandering or just lost. I am a mystery, a mix, or I may even be a full breed. Now I am a shelter dog. My first day here was confusing, loud, and frightening. Although the routine and smiling faces have helped, it sometimes has not been enough. I dread the dark nights punctuated by whines and whimpers. I dread the long days of too much noise and strange smells. I dread being passed up for a walk today. I hurt, I hope, and sometimes I feel like giving up. I curl up tight and refuse to rise, refuse to eat, refuse to wag. But I do look forward as well, to the one who makes my messy kennel clean and leaves me a soft mat to rest on. I look forward to the bouncing tennis balls and extra treats that come my way. Most of all I look forward to leaving with someone, and never coming back. I hope today will be the day and my nights will be quiet and calm, and my body and mind will be at ease. I hope to awaken to the same smiling face every day. It took Ferguson 3 years to get adopted and I have been here 3 days, 3 weeks, or 3 months, and I wonder how long it will take for me to find my forever home. I am still a puppy or an adult all grown up, but hopefully I am not old. Old dogs don’t get as much interest, though old dogs have the least amount of time to spend waiting and a greater need for comfort. If you come and see me in my kennel at the shelter, I might be sitting, smiling, and flirting, but sometimes I might be spinning, jumping, and drooling – this is when I need you the most. So when you are thinking of buying or breeding, remember me, the shelter dog. Big, medium, small, black, yellow, red. I have a mysterious past and an uncertain future. I need you to choose me, to allow me to show you how much I can love and express gratitude. I dream, I wish, I hope, I get lonely and sad…but I can play, and love, and make you laugh. I am a shelter dog, and you have the power to help me -
Donate, volunteer, adopt.
Adoption fee includes current yearly vaccinations, rabies tag & certificate, de-worming, heartworm/FIV & FeLV testing and spay/neuter.
****DOG OBEDIENCE CLASS****
Watch for Info on Fall Class Coming Soon
Above and Beyond Adoptions
Never Say Never - Jamie's Story
"Who's going to adopt a dog like that?...No one's going to adopt a dog like that...That dog will never get adopted."I know we all said it, or at least thought it, even if for just a moment. But it was true, sort of. Jamie had so much going against her, it was sometimes hard to believe there was a home out there for her. But we trudged on, hoping against hope that it was true, all dogs have a home - somewhere, when the right time comes...http://meghanmg.blog.com/never-say-never-jamies-story/
Could you go above and beyond for an animal with special needs or consideration?
Meet Mariah, a 1 year old Blue Heeler/Border Collie that is waiting for that one of a kind person to take her home.
This is Mariah. She is a young Border Collie/Blue Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog) mix. She is sweet-natured, curious, loyal, and playful. Her origins are a mystery. She found by some folks in their garage foraging for food. She had a good body condition, but seemed very fearful and had to be trapped. Once she was brought to the animal shelter, it became apparent that Mariah hadn't been socialized to people and things very well. Here at the shelter, she has undergone some intense rehabilitation and, although she has some work left to go, she barely resembles the frightened girl she was when she arrived. Learn more about Mariah...
TWO Dog Obedience Training Options Available NOW from Volunteers at the Shelter
NOVICE DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES
Group Obedience Classes are held twice a year, usually in the Fall and Spring.
The next series of classes will begin in September 2013. Classes meet once a week for eight weeks. Dogs and their owners learn the basics of teaching the dog to sit, stay and come, as well as other fun activities in the hope that this will help your dog become a better and closer companion to your family.
S & P 1:1 Dog Obedience Course
Is your dog nervous around strangers? Does he bark excessively at other dogs? Or maybe you are uncomfortable in group settings? A 1:1 basic obedience course is now available for owners that are unable to take advantage of our group class due to pet or owner special consideration. The cost is the same as the basic obedience class the shelter holds twice a year - $80 for an 8 week course. Just you, your dog and the instructor. There is a 10% discount for dogs adopted from our shelter. Dogs must be 6 months or older. Handlers must be 16 years or older. Slots are limited. To see if you qualify, contact Instructor Meghan Giacopelli at Green Hills Animal Shelter at (660) 359-2700 or drop by the shelter to talk with her on M-W-Sa 1-5 pm.
It takes a rare, special person to take on a geriatric dog that may need medication daily, but the rewards can't be beat. Questions about adopting a senior/geriatric dog? - http://www.srdogs.com/Pages/adopt.html
We Were Saved!
See the faces of wonderful pets that have already found their forever home -
The Mission of the Green Hills Animal Shelter is to provide a comprehensive community-based animal care, education and adoption program by providing a safe haven for abandoned, abused and neglected animals; educating the public on responsible pet ownership and the importance of spaying and neutering animals; and encouraging and facilitating the adoption of available animals by appropriate and responsible community members.