Have you ever had one of THOSE DAYS, when it just seems like a rain cloud is traveling over your head? Well that happened to me quite literally last week. Every time I had to go outside for work, I got rained on … EVERY TIME!!! I did a volunteer orientation at the ADL and yup, we got drenched during the tour! Luckily everyone was excited about getting started and had a great attitude about it. But no matter how miserable I may have felt being soaked to the bone … I learned got a quick reminder that I’m one of the lucky ones. All I have to do is visit my new friend, Star. She’s a beautiful collie mix that was found wandering through the parking lot of the Alamodome, starving and scared. When I first saw her she was barking and no one could get her to stop. It wasn’t a bark of anger or even fear, really just confusion. “Who are these people and what do they want?” she seemed to be asking. We could tell that Star had been on her own for a while. Under that wet fur, you could see her ribs and her teeth are a bit worse for wear even though she’s a young dog. However, as soon as I put a collar and leash her an amazing thing happened … she stopped barking. You could almost see that spark of recognition in her eyes, as if she was thinking, “I remember this, it means I belong.” Star instantly calmed down and I took her for a little walk. She is absolutely wonderful on a leash. She is also perfect in a car and loves to pet by children and adults. You can tell that at one time in her life she belonged to someone. We will likely never know why Star ended up a stray. Maybe she was dumped, maybe she got lost or ran away in a thunderstorm. What we do know is that she is now one of ours here at the ADL and she’s looking for a forever home. Oh, and as you can tell from the picture she loves to give gently hugs! This is a great time to come and see if Star or one of our other pets here at the ADL would make a great addition to your family. October is Adopt a Shelter Pet month and it’s a good time to come here to find your new best friend. This month, all ADL dogs 4 months and older are just $50 (all have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped). Puppies under 4 months are reduced by $5. Cats are just $10 and kittens are $20. By opting to adopt, you not only save the life of the dog or cat you take home, but also another one who will get to take their spot at the ADL. Be sure to check out the profiles of the dogs and cats we have available for adoption (including Star) at www.adltexas.wpengine.com Also be sure to visit the shelter to see the puppies and kittens!
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