I had in my mind what I wanted: a Goldendoodle! They don’t shed like Poodles and have the temperament of a Golden Retriever…how perfect! I even went to look at some puppies over the summer but I guess I wasn’t quite ready to make the short and long-term financial commitment that comes with a pet.
Then came Christmastime and I was doing my usual perusing of puppies online and I saw that the price of Goldendoodle puppies skyrocketed to $1,200! Well, pfft. There was no way I was getting one now.
Fast forward to New Year’s Eve. The opportunity came to adopt a dog whose owner could no longer care for him. I excitedly welcomed the idea to meet the pup on New Year’s Day, fell in love and had him home by January 3rd.
He’s not a puppy. He’s not a Goldendoodle. He wasn’t ridiculously expensive (free) and the best part is…he’s house trained! Marley is a 5 year old Black Lab mix. Ask me a year ago about adopting a 5 year old Black Lab and I probably would have been very adamant about getting a puppy. Ask me now about getting a puppy and I will tell you that I am very happy I DIDN’T get a puppy.
I’m a changed person! Sure, they’re adorable, but a lot of work. And besides, I would have missed out on an incredibly sweet, handsome and house trained dog that keeps me active and fills my home with love.
Thinking about getting a dog? As of the past month, I can’t advocate enough for adoption. While I got Marley free through an informal adoption, most dogs come spayed or neutered and up-to-date on their vaccines for a nominal fee through formal adoption outlets. Here are some resources around our footprint:
BARCS – Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter
Adopt for as little as $65!
Dogs 8 years or older are free to a good home! That’s all they want.
PAWS – Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
Adopt with peace of mind – all PAWS animals come microchipped.
The ARL places more than 4,000 animals a year in qualified loving homes. It also has a program called “Book Buddies” where children volunteer to read to sheltered cats.
NJSPCA – The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Located in New Jersey? This site lists credible shelters throughout the state – organized easily by city.
Are you over age 55? You could qualify for a free adoption from this shelter!
Share your story of adoption in the comment section below or add to my list of shelters!