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Willie in His New Home

Willie is now known as Buddy and from all appearances, he is posing with his paw gently placed on his new best friend for life

Little Willie came to the shelter several months ago as a down trodden little shepherd hound mix stray. He quickly became a favorite of volunteers and staff at the time and his gregarious tendency to smile with his tongue hanging out was captured in numerous photographs used to market him to the public.

Time passed and just when it seemed that no one would ever be interested in this great little dog, a young family appeared and as they relate the story, Willie picked their daughter and the match and bond were made instantly.

They adopted little Willie and as the attached photograph shows, he has become a center piece of their family and their world. Willie is now known as Buddy and from all appearances, he is posing with his paw gently placed on his new best friend for life. Thank you to the family who adopted Buddy and thank you for giving him a chance at a second life and a wonderful forever home. Yet another example of the success that is possible when a community works together to save lives and help find homes for the lost and abused. It just takes the time to allow these animals to heal, to be marketed and be seen by the public. When given the time to be seen and discovered, I have yet to see healthy animal go unadopted at our shelter.

There are many other dogs and cats like Buddy that are available for adoption at the shelter weekly. Please take the time to visit the Douglas County Animal Shelter located at 1755 County Services Road (off Cedar Mountain Road) this week.

Or you can visit the Douglas county shelter pets in depth and with personal commentaries on individual animals by those who know them best. Their photos are posted and profiled daily on volunteer pages at: Rainbow Connections on Facebook  Or our sister page at: Furbabies of DCAS on Facebook.

Douglas County Animal Control also maintains PetFinder listings on their website.

Pet listings on the volunteer pages are updated daily; therefore, some animals featured may be adopted prior to your visiting the shelter. Finding forever homes for these pets is the goal of those involved in the volunteer efforts of the past year. So please consider giving another of these  loving pets a home if the one you first saw on one of our pages has already been adopted when you come to the shelter. Come see these sweet dogs and cats and allow them to show you just how special they each can be once they are given a chance to be loved and to have a loving home.

Adoption fees for dogs and cats at the shelter are $25 and there is a $10 micro chip fee. That means for $35 you have the opportunity to make a friend for life and the opportunity to give a homeless fur kid a forever home.

All dogs presently receive intake inoculations for kennel cough, parvo and distemper (cats receive distemper as part of a five way vaccination). All pets adopted from the shelter are required to have their rabies shots and be spayed or neutered within thirty days of adoption, unless they are kittens or puppies, Kittens and puppies are given extended time. The Douglas County Animal Shelter phone is: 770-942-5961. If the line is busy, please keep trying as there is often limited staff to answer calls. However, messages left will be returned as time permits.

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