Adoption Is Always An Option

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Here at WWAC, we love all Dogs and Cats from the big slobbery Newfies to the cute little Yorkies. That is why it is so upsetting to know that everyday in the United States thousands of animals are euthanized simply because they have no place to call home. We can never stop trying to spread the word about the many resources available for pet adoption.

We are the first to appreciate the agility of a herding dog or the athleticism of a retriever. That is what makes our animal friends so wonderful; they come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. So no matter what type of dog you are looking for, there are always options for adoption. First of all, local humane societys and shelters are a great avenue. Contrary to popular belief, not only can you find the fantastic “heinz 57 mix” at your local shelter, you can often find a wide variety of breed specific dogs. Here is a sampling of dogs that have been available at our Humane Society over the past few months: German Shepherd, Standard Poodle, Weimaraner, Labrador, Yorkshire Ter-rier, Pomeranian, Boxer, Cocker Spaniel, and Jack Russell Terrier. This is just at I local shelter in a relatively small town! If you are still not convinced, al-most every breed has it's own rescue organization. There is a even a rescue for the new designer mixes (goldendoodle, etc.) While some of these dogs may need special care, many just happened to end up in families that just weren't ready and they are perfectly healthy and adoptable. When you adopt from a not-for-profit rescue organization there is usually a fee. This fee primarily goes to support the care of the animals and the operational needs of the organization.

If despite all of these options, you still decide you need to purchase a dog from a breeder, you must educate yourself. Make sure and do your research on the breeder. Visit the kennel and see where the dogs live. Get to know the parents. Check with breed specific organizations about the legitimacy of the breeder. Many rescue organizations are also familiar with breeders. NEVER buy a pet online (sight unseen) or in a store. These animals almost always come from puppy mills. Finally if you try so save a pet from a bad situation by purchasing it, you are only supporting the owners business of breeding for profit. If you suspect a bad situation, report it to your local au-thorities and to area rescue organizations.

Remember that the right dog will always come your way and there is no harm in being patient until the perfect companion presents him or herself. “Mutts” are always a joy and there is some great fun to be had observing and guessing the breed types that make up a wonderful dog. All of the photos on this page are animals that have been or are currently available for adoption at local shelters.

If you ever visited Whispering Waters Animal Clinic on Blowing Rock Rd. in the late 90's, then you probably met Morty. The photo here is one of him on the re-ception counter greeting clients as they arrived. As are most things in Dr.Maggie's life, Morty's arrival into the Whispering Waters world was one that had been foretold.

Due to the limited time that our animals are able to give us, it so happened that in 1998 Maggie found herself running the Blowing Rock clinic with no resident pets! This just seemed unaccept-able, so Maggie commented to her assistant, Jill, that they needed a big boy (adult) male cat to keep everyone company. Sure enough, a short time later a client called the clinic looking for help. She had noticed a stray adult male cat hanging around her house. The landlord had also noticed the cat and commented that he did not like cats and “had a way to deal with cats”. Unfortu-nately , the next day she found the cat laying on her deck not moving. X-rays found a deviation in Big Boy's spine, where the vertebrae were not aligned correctly.

With treatment and lots of affection from the staff, the cat was slowly able to move around again and make a full recovery. The cli-ent reported that she was unable to keep the cat, so Big Boy be-came Morty; resident greeter at Whispering Waters.

While at the Blowing Rock clinic Morty, loved to sit on the counter and hiss at the puppies. When cats came in, he would casually walk over and sit on top of their carriers until it was time to see the Doc-tor. Morty did and still does love to go after people food. A favorite perch for him is on top of a pizza box or next to your plate! These days he lives the good life with Ann and his kitty roommates where he gets lot of love and attention.

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