One month into 2013, I’d say the Price family resolution is to love all the puppies. Two of our current three little ones will find their adoptive families tomorrow, at the adoption event Chicagoland Dog Rescue is holding at the Petco on Golf Road in Schaumburg. But we’ll still have not-quite-four-year-old Seiki the shiba as well as the third beaglet, Perdita, who we've chosen to adopt. Plus, finding the right family for Pearl the mama beagle will more than likely take a few weeks.
Pearl will need a special new family, one with plenty of love to give to a dog who’s had a hard time in life. She would be perfect for a middle-aged or older person or couple, in a household where any children have grown and gone. Not that she’s bad with children—she’s gentle to a fault—but that she will need a lot of loving attention to get her to stop being afraid that anything she does is wrong and will lead to people being mad at her. A household with at least one person at home most of the time, or where she could ride along when her person/people go out would suit her perfectly.
I wish we could keep her ourselves but it wouldn't work. First, because we’re keeping one of her puppies and second, because our shiba inu would dominate her and keep her from feeling completely welcome. If you’d like to meet her, come to the Chicagoland Dog Rescue's Schaumburg event tomorrow—and you can get information at the website, too.
If Chicagoland Dog Rescue doesn't have the dog you want, or if you’re not close to Schaumburg—or if a dog is not the pet you want, my go-to source for any pets anywhere in the Chicago area (or the U.S.!) is Petfinder. You can search this site by location, breed/kind of animal, age and gender. Links to the organization housing the animal in which you are interested will give you the contact information you need to investigate further.
By the way, in the pet rescue world, February is “Adopt a Rescued Rabbit” month. The House Rabbit Society is a good source of information on keeping rabbits as pets. If you're in the western suburbs and think you might like to get a rabbit, you should know that anyone who adopts a rabbit from the DuPage County Animal Care and Control during the month of February will be entered in a raffle to win an amazing basket of rabbit goodies.
To adopt any of the rabbits at DCACC, everyone in the household must meet the rabbit, any dogs or cats will need to be current on their rabies vaccine, and the rabbit would need to be housed indoors. You can visit their website for a schedule of the shelter hours and upcoming adoption events, or the Friends of DCACC Facebook page to see what rabbits (and other animals) they have available for adoption.
Finally, a public service announcement: If you've ever adopted a dog from a hoarding situation, you should consider taking the online questionnaire mentioned in this article, to take part in a study of the well-being of such animals. the vets running the study hope to unse the information gathered to help hoarded animals overcome their unfortunate experiences. You can go directly to the study through this link. The PIN for the study is 9093.