By Jim Tedford, Director of Pet Identification
Who among us could not use another friend? And, better yet, how about a friend who is ALWAYS happy to see you, whose primary role in life is to please you, and who loves you without condition? Then, what the heck are you waiting for? Head on down to your local animal shelter and take your pick!
This country’s shelters are brimming with dogs, cats and assorted other critters awaiting a second chance. Most are there through no fault of their own. They are victims of circumstance…some are survivors of cruelty or neglect but most are just the product of a throw-away society where living things are all too often treated like yesterday’s news. Animals in shelters need one thing – YOU! They need someone who will provide them with all their basic needs – nutritious food, fresh water, safe shelter, proper training…and, most importantly, LOVE. The return on your investment is immeasurable.
Your new best friend will add to your life in ways you might never have imagined. He’ll provide you a furry shoulder to cry on and a non-judgmental ear to hear your deepest, darkest secrets. She’ll be an exercise companion and a fellow couch potato. He will stand beside you when all others have walked away.
For me, every month is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. My very best friend in the whole world, Bodie, was adopted from Young-Williams Animal Center in Knoxville, Tennessee last February. Bodie was the perfect prescription to get us through the loss of our 14-year-old black Lab, Otis. And his charming personality, dashing good looks and unending loyalty have made him the perfect friend.
Even though I have already adopted the very BEST shelter dog, there are countless others who run a very close second behind Bodie. So, visit your local shelter today to adopt a friend (or two!) for life!
Jim Tedford serves as Director of Pet Identification for PetSafe. Working on the front line of animal welfare for over 20 years, Jim has served as CEO for organizations in New York, Louisiana and Tennessee. Prior to joining PetSafe, Jim provided marketing and fundraising services to animal welfare organizations nationwide. Jim holds a degree in animal science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Jim and his wife Ann share their “empty nest” in the Smoky Mountains with adopted dogs Bodie, Sam, and Lila and a formerly homeless macaw, Gipper.