Chester and Titan enjoyed the recent fundraiser at JCSPCA as much as everyone else in attendance, or even more perhaps. That's because they were able to bask in all the attention they received along with the other shelter dogs. Fresh air and sunshine under a blue sky coupled with a lively walk, pats on the head and the sound of laughter and inviting human voices. What were their thoughts as they were led out of their kennels to play in the dog park and march in the puppy parade? Maybe they thought they would at last escape the confines of the shelter and go home with one of the happy people who played with them that day.
"It's a party," one of them whispered. "Look, everyone is happy," the other one noted. "Are we going home now?" they wondered, looking around, and then smiled in that special way that all dogs have.
The shelter meets an animal's basic needs for food and a warm place to sleep, veterinary care when needed and outings to exercise with the volunteers. But the shelter is not "home" and these intelligent, loving creatures know it. They once had homes and no doubt wonder why they had to leave. Yet despite this, each one looks up eagerly, with hope in eyes that can melt the heart of anyone inclined to love animals, each time someone visits them.
Titan is a one-year-old male, Chinese Crested who was surrendered by his family when a new baby arrived. He has been at the SPCA since the end of July. He has been crate trained and housebroken, gets along with other dogs but has never been around cats. Chinese Crested are small, delicate dogs known to be loving and to become very attached to their human. Presently, Titan is a little anxious. He also does not like lightning. Many dogs do not like loud noises, so this is nothing unusual.
Titan needs someone who is patient and caring. These small dogs are good companions for people who do not have a great deal of space, such as an apartment dweller, and possibly for someone who is older as they do not require a great deal of exercise. Hairless dogs require some attention to their skin rather than a lot of brushing. Owners should be aware a Chinese Crested may sunburn easily and should apply sunscreen when the dog is to be out in the sun for long.
Chester is a two-year-old, black and white, energetic Labrador Retriever mix. Labs are high energy dogs requiring the opportunity to burn off excess energy daily. They are great dogs for outdoor people. Chester was surrendered and adopted out once, but returned shortly because his new family was unable to accommodate his exercise needs. Chester likes to play ball and will do so with endless enthusiasm. He is a good boy who just needs someone who shares his enthusiasm and animation. Labs are loving, personable, and generally do well with children.
All dogs at the SPCA are spayed or neutered and micro-chipped prior to being released to new homes. If you would like to meet Chester or Titan, or any of the other animals at the Jefferson County SPCA, call the shelter or stop by. Also, visit Petango to see available pets online.
Main Shelter Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a. m. to 4:30 p. m. Wednesday and Friday we are open from 10:00 a. m. to 7:00 p. m.. We are CLOSED on Monday.
21851 Towne Center Drive Watertown, NY
Phone: (315) 405-4397
Fax: (315) 405-4528
PetCo Location Hours:
Monday, Tuesday Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a. m. to 5:00 p. m.
Wednesday and Friday 12:00 to 7:00 p. m.
The SPCA of Jefferson County is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding permanent and loving homes for homeless pets, providing them with a healthy environment, and promoting the humane treatment of animals and responsible pet ownership through education and community awareness.
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