Wisdom From a Furry Friend: She-Ra the Pit Bull Terrier Mix

Wisdom From a Furry Friend
She-Ra the Pit Bull Terrier Mix

Hi there! I'm She-Ra! I'm a big love bug looking for my forever home! I am a two-year-old female Pit Bull Terrier Mix. I love to play, but am also happy to be by your side while you read or watch TV.
I'm pretty smart and already know sit and down...I bet I could learn more with a little help! Since I'm as brawny as I am brainy, homes with children age eight or older would be best for me.
While I am lucky and have the chance to find a loving home, some dogs aren't that lucky. Some dogs live their entire lives in tiny wire cages at places called puppy mills. They have no human companionship, no toys, no comfort, and will most likely never become part of a family. They are constantly breeding which results in millions of puppies born each year, many with behavior and health problems.
Sadly, many of these breeding dogs are abandoned after they are no longer fertile. Some are sold to another mill looking to get one more breeding cycle from them. And even more tragically, sometimes they are simply killed.
What can you do to help these animals and stop the vicious cycle? Adopt your new pet! This is the best way to combat puppy mills. Shelters have various breeds of dogs available, even "designer" or "hybrid" breeds like Puggles, Labradoodles, and Cockapoos. There are even rescue specific groups. Some shelter dogs have already been housebroken and know tricks like me!
Want a wiggly little pet new to the world? Dogs not your cup of tea? Spring is right around the corner and with it comes kitten and puppy season. Since so many pets, especially cats are not spayed and neutered there are litters upon litters of kittens and puppies looking for loving homes. With so many kittens and puppies abandoned there's little reason to visit a pet store when looking for a new pet. The HSWC also has hamsters, guinea pigs, and rabbits. If you're looking for a pet with scales, feathers, or a hard shell, various reptiles and even birds have been available for adoption.
If you have your heart set on a certain breed or even a certain species, the HSWC has a Breed Request program. You simply submit what type of pet you are looking for and you will be contacted when one arrives at the shelter that could be a perfect fit!
While you may be tempted to "rescue" a puppy from a pet store, try your best to resist! By purchasing the puppy you will be opening a spot for another dog and funding the puppy mill industry. If you see animals being held in poor conditions, contact the HSWC or another animal control authority.
See? I told you I was smart! Please come visit me, She-Ra at the HSWC...even if I'm not the right pet for you there's a great chance you'll find someone who is!

The Humane Society of Washington County is located at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown www.hswcmd.org. Ph: 301-733-2060. Fax: 301-733-0248.