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HELTER SHELTER: ADORABLES UP FOR ADOPTION

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For the second installment of Helter Shelter, I wanted to diversify your options and throw a few studly canines into our feline-heavy mix.  The theme for this week is: ways you can help homeless animals if adopting isn’t a viable option. In the crazy, never ending mesh of work and play that we young Bostonians like to call life, there often isn’t a plausible way to give an in-need animal the proper amount of attention and care.

From full work days to nights filled with an endless supply of amazing things to do, it makes sense to acknowledge that maybe the adoption thing should be put off till well … you move out of a closet, start putting some veggies on your pizza, and somehow work in a full eight hours of sleep into your routine.

But, in the meantime, there are plenty of ways to get involved, and (unlike picking up trash on the side of I-95) volunteering for animals is fun! Our homeys at the Gifford Cat Shelter had some great suggestions:

Fostering is a great way to give an animal with an unstable environment a transitional period in which to escape shelter life and experience some much needed love, care, and calmness. Animals often become depressed in crowded shelters and stop functioning normally. Depression leads to greater medical problems like refusing to eat. If that doesn’t give you the most depressing mental image possible, you have a computer chip for a soul. Fostering can give a withering, lonely, and depressed animal the boost it needs to live and enjoy life.

Gifford Cat Shelter, along with most other shelters, provide the food, so all you need is the desire to temporarily give an animal the life it deserves. Kittens, mothers expecting, and cats that have sicknesses that are contagious to other cats are especially in need of a foster home and a loving caregiver. You can also make donations to no-kill shelters; the next time you charge people five bucks to get into your keg party, use that cash to help a local shelter. So drink up and party with with purpose.  You should feel great knowing your party entry fee is also helping to save poor little critters. Anything you can do to help will be greatly appreciated by the animals and their advocates. So without further ado, I give to you, todays lucky singles in need of some lovin’:

ROSEBUD, GIFFORD CAT SHELTER

Meet Rosebud, a sweet little lady coming from the Gifford Cat Shelter who does justice to her name. She is as lovable as can be and relishes attention. This poor fur-ball has lived a life that no animal deserves to live. Growing up in a house that was overcrowded with other cats, she developed a few medical issues that unfortunately were previously ignored. She has one damaged ear that is crumpled but anyone can see how much it adds to her character and overall cuteness. She also has a stubborn skin lesion on her side that requires a little bit of extra care. Her lesion doesn’t affect her overall health and due to her condition, she has been handled frequently, which has allowed her to become comfortable with humans, letting her cuddly personality blossom.  Rosebud needs a home and a loving family so don’t hesitate to give this girl the life she deserves!  She is spayed, up-to-date on shots, and just waiting to curl up beside a friend.
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JADE, BUDDY DOG

Meet Jade, our first pooch in need of a home. Jade is currently living at the Buddy Dog Humane Society in Sudbury.  She is a two-year-old hound mix that was rescued while scavenging the streets of Puerto Rico, underfed and scared to death. Luckily, she has made an amazing recovery and everyone at Buddy Dog is quick to boast about her great people skills and exemplary behavior.  She even gets along with other dogs and loves playing. She is very easy to walk and without being overly pushy, may try to drag you to the nearest burger joint. Who needs Phantom Gourmet when you have your very own food locator at the end of a leash? Jade is housebroken and knows how treat a lover, so forget eHarmoney; show this girl what love really means.
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PERRIN, BUDDY DOG

Next we have Perrin, a three-year-old domestic Long hair from Buddy Dog.  In this photo, it is obvious that she has just left the salon after a much needed haircut. Perrin was supposedly going for the “I just stuck my paw in an electrical outlet” look.  This friendly feline has a ginormous heart and will give it to anyone who shows the slightest interest in her. She lives for attention and loves to play.  The good guys at Buddy Dog are certain that she will make an amazing family pet, and judging by her photogenic appearance, she’ll make for a stylish one as well. This looker is brand new to Buddy Dog and is in desperate need of a place to call home.  Please show some love and give her what she wants and deserves.

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CHINA AND ELLI-MAY, BUDDY DOG

Introducing our first ever package deal. These two best friends are also coming to us from Buddy Dog. China (6 years old) and Ellie-May (7 years old) love each other and just like soul mates, would not be able to live life without one another. But unlike The Notebook, this love story is real and touching. Ellie-May is a Shepherd mix and China is Rottweiler mix. China is known for her energetic playful personality while Elli-May is known to be a bit of a couch potato who has recently developed a fondness for MTV’s The Real World.  Both dogs love going on walks and are housebroken. They respond to various commands and once adopted, will undoubtably bring an amazing dynamic to a loving family. While China is quick to fetch a bone, Ellie-May  loves a good snuggle. Hurry up and give these heartwarming best friends the home they’ve never had.

So those are our second batch of in-need singles.

These guys really need homes and I know that you charitable folks out there are tearing up just looking at these unfortunate cases. From stylish kitties to lazy dogs, we have covered the pet spectrum.

And remember, even if you are not in a position to adopt, there are plenty of other ways to get out there and show these balls of fuzz that we are the good guys! Also consider that if people know your raising money for animals, they will be unable to complain about paying for booze, and if they are kind like you, should be happy to give an extra buck or two for a cause that benefits the animals. Stay tuned, next week is sure to have your hearts aching for a new little guy to add to your family.

About MYLES STAVIS

Myles is a recent Graduate of Syracuse University and grew up in Cambridge. He loves animals a little more than people and will only play basketball if the rim is at 6 ft. 5 in., ensuring the possibility of dunking.
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