11/13/2015: Spike has been adopted! This is now the sixth pet that we’ve been able to help find a great home to live and we couldn’t be more excited. When we teamed up with North Shore Animal League, we were hoping that maybe if we could just find one pet a home it would be something….never did we imagine that our readers would be helping to find these great pets homes. We thank all of you who’ve helped spread the word about what we’re doing with North Shore Animal League.
Every week we will be featuring an adoptable pet that is looking for a loving home. Through our teaming up with North Shore Animal League America, we are able to feature deserving pets that are looking to be adopted.
This week we are showcasing Spike, an adorable adult Terrier mix who is ready to find a new family!
He originally came to North Shore Animal League America as a puppy. When he first arrived, unfortunately he had a fractured leg. However, after a couple of weeks in North Shore’s medical center, Spike was able to fully recover. Shortly after, Spike was adopted out of the shelter and welcomed into a warm home.
Sadly, Spike’s family moved overseas and was therefore unable to keep him. Therefore, Spike returned back to North Shore’s facility and is now waiting to provide lots of love to a new family.
Terriers are known for being a relatively small breed although there are different variations. They were first bred and trained to hunt rodents and vermin, therefore the breed is known for being active and high-energy. The name terrier is actually in reference to the Latin word “terra” meaning Earth and it signifies their love of digging which was once useful for finding prey such as moles and badgers.
Since they come from a trained hunting past, Terriers are also notably intelligent and are quite responsive to training. They are often very single-minded, meaning that they become very concentrated at the task at hand, whether that be playing fetch or hunting prey.
In addition, this particular breed is also known for being territorial. They are often protective of their homes and loved ones, thus can form very strong bonds with their owners.
Since they often have boundless energy, Terriers are great pets for those with active lifestyles. Their contagious spark makes them the perfect pal to have along on one’s daily walk/run.
While he can be a bit shy at first, once he gets to know you he will never leave your side. In doing so, Spike very much shows the territorial quality of his breed and he promises to be a very loyal companion. Spike loves to give lots of kisses and is a very affectionate dog.
In addition, Spike has already been taught all of the basic commands and is housebroken (meaning he knows to do “his business” outside).
Rosie Tombolo, the Kennel Manager at North Shore Animal League America, notes:
“Having known Spike since his arrival here at North Shore Animal League America, he really has matured and come out of his shell. He likes to play with other dogs and will do tricks for treats. Spike recovered beautifully from his leg injury and now he loves to run and go on long walks. While he may be shy when he first meets you, a few belly rubs will lead to kisses in no time.”
As the pictures (note: the adorable one of him standing was taken by Ellen Dunn) of Spike can attest, he is a curious, adorable and playful animal. Spike’s affection and enthusiasm is infectious and he will surely be the perfect addition to complete any loving family.
To inquire about adopting Spike, contact North Shore Animal League America’s Adoption Center, which features about 350 adoptable cats, dogs, puppies and kittens every day.
North Shore Animal League America
25 Davis Avenue
Port Washington, NY 11050
Adoption Center Hours:
Bandit is still available for adoption.
Bandit is a lovable 6-year-old Labrador mix which was rescued from a shelter in Virginia. Unfortunately, after five years her previous owners were unable to provide her with the proper attention and love she needed and therefore Bandit is need of a welcoming new home.
When Bandit first arrived at Animal League America, situated in Port Washington, New York, she was very shy and timid in her new surroundings. Fortunately, after the NSALA’s grooming staff gave her some attention and reassurance, Bandit became more comfortable and her warm personality began to shine.
The Senior Director of Operations at North Shore, Sylvia Ottaka notes, “It takes a little bit for Bandit to warm up to you but once she gets to know you, she builds a strong bond. The type of bond that once she sees you, she will run over and give you endless amounts of love and kisses.”
Bandit is notably a well-trained dog and very intelligent when it comes to learning and adapting to new situations and environments. She knows commands such as sit, shake a paw and lay down. In addition to this, she is housebroken, meaning that she is trained to do “her business” outside.
She can speak on command and with a refresher on walking on a leash Bandit will undoubtedly become your new favorite walking buddy.
Labradors are known for their kind, friendly demeanor, as well as their impressive ability to learn and be trained, both of which, Bandit completely embodies. Historically, Labradors were used for their keen sense of smell. They have been used in the navy, military and by police officers, as they can easily pick up scents.
Additionally, Labradors have also been employed as guide dogs and for therapy work. One amazing example of their abilities was back in 2001, a Labrador named Endal placed an unconscious human being in recovery position, retrieved their mobile phone and got a blanket to cover the victim while barking to draw attention to the scene.
Labradors are expected to live about 10-12 years and generally maintain good health throughout their life. Furthermore, although the breed is enthusiastic, they do mature when they are around 3-years-old and begin developing less puppy-like habits.
A fun fact about Labradors is that they are often considered to be the most popular dog in the world. They have been reported as the most popular dog by ownership in numerous countries including Australia, Canada, the UK and the United states. In addition, in the UK and the US, there are well over twice as many Labs registered as the next most popular breed.
Bandit is the perfect representation of this popular and well-loved breed. She is playful, friendly and is looking for a new family to call her own.
When it comes to other pets, Bandit can sometimes be picky and therefore, she will thrive in a home with no other pets and children who are 12 and older. However, she is very easy going and will fit into any lifestyle. She will happily join you on your daily walk or run, or just as happily be your companion while watching your favorite show on TV.
Bandit has a lot of love to give and therefore deserves a forever home where she can become a part of the family. Check out this video below to see Bandit in action.
North Shore Animal League America recently launched their #GetYourRescueOn campaign, and they’ve got celebrities such asBuffalo Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan, Taryn Manning (“Orange Is the News Black”), Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”, “Sopranos”) and Beth Stern taking part in helping to save animals lives.
By donating $25 to North Shore Animal League America, supporters will receive a rescue cuff. Supporters are then encouraged to share a picture showcasing the bracelet and their own animals on various social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, while including the hashtag #GetYourRescueOn.
By getting their rescue on, supporters of the shelter can promote the important cause and further the impact they have on the animals’ lives. Through #GetYourRescueOn, people can share the message that homeless pets deserve the chance to become loving pets.
Of course, all of the proceeds from the $25 cuffs will go directly to Animal League America’s mission: Rescue. Nurture. Adopt and Educate.
The Rescue cuff bracelet is available at www.GetYourRescueOn.org
By donating and receiving a cuff, you are helping spread the critical message that adopting shelter pets is the best choice when it comes to adding a new pet to your family.
Step 1: Log on and donate $25 to get your own rescue cuff at GetYourRescueOn.org (where all proceeds go to North Shore Animal League America)
Step 2: Say cheese! Take a picture with your adopted animal or animal, while showing off your new rescue cuff. Just like in all the pictures you see here in this article! It’s really easy.