Everybody, Say Hi to Penny!

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Posted August 25, 2010 by Ryan Huling

Look at that face. How could anybody (anybody) not want to give this dog a hug and a new home?

These were the thoughts that ran through my mind as I walked through my local city shelter last week, looking at literally hundreds of dogs in need of good homes.

As I walked down the noisy and crowded rows, I couldn’t help but notice that many of these dogs and cats didn’t even have names—just numbers—because they are often put to sleep quickly in order to make room for the hundreds of other dogs coming in. This is the reality we face in a world where people continue to buy from pet stores or breeders instead of adopting homeless animals from the local shelter.

This particular dog shown above was listed as “owner surrender”—meaning she used to be part of someone’s family, but then they dumped her at the shelter. The veterinarians on site suspected that somebody bought the dog from a pet store, bred her, sold her puppies for cash, and then got rid of this new mom, just days after giving birth. It’s a tragic situation that they’ve seen all too often.

Fortunately for this lonely soul though, this was her lucky day.

You see, my wife and I just got a new apartment, and we determined that in our new home, we now have the time and resources necessary to adopt a dog and fulfill all of her needs.

One week later, our newest family member, Penny, is living the good life.

It’s a happy ending to a sad story, but most animals in the shelter won’t meet a similar fate. We must each do our part, by making sure that every dog and cat is spayed or neutered, and by always adopting animals, never buying.

For now though, Penny is enjoying her new home, and she’s very excited that I’m writing a blog about her story. So leave a comment below, and I’ll read it aloud to her!


-Ryan!



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  • 1689 days ago

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    I really like her, she is sooooo pretty

  • 1696 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Aw, she looks so happy now :o)

  • 1696 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    penny, i like you. <3

  • 1696 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I just drove 18 hours a few weeks back to rescue an old mama dog from a puppy mill shutdown. She was used as a breeding machine, and when the mill shut down, she was simply disgarded. She’s 8 years old…and in my opinion, one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I hope your new family has the same luck we were gifted with.

  • 1697 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Awww… I love a happy ending!

    And Penny defintly deserved to have one!

  • 1697 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Hi Penny :)! You’re BEAUTIFUL! I’m so glad that you didn’t have to be stuck in a cage made for a dog half your size, living in mess, never being treated ! Enjoy you’re home, pretty girl ;).

    With Love & Hope,
    Julia

  • 1697 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    aww : ) Such a pretty dog!

  • 1697 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Lucky Penny! You beautiful! Here’s a hi from Brazil :)

  • 1697 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Hi sweet Penny! You are such a pretty girl and I’m so glad you have a new home filled with lots of love and everything else you need!

  • 1697 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Penny you r adorable!!! I wish i could hug you!

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