Dog adopters needed

Posted Oct. 11, 2011, at 4:38 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 12, 2011, at 9:36 a.m.
“Annie,” a small, three-legged terrier, is among the dogs up for adoption at the Bangor Humane Society.
Courtesy of Bangor Humane Society
“Annie,” a small, three-legged terrier, is among the dogs up for adoption at the Bangor Humane Society.

BANGOR — The Bangor Humane Society desperately needs the local community to adopt a shelter dog.

In the last two months, more than 87 stray dogs and 79 owner-surrendered (an average of almost 20 a week) have found shelter at the humane society, a definite indication of bad economic times. The facility’s dog kennels are full to capacity, while its waiting list for dogs to be surrendered by their owners nears 40 and continues to grow.

October is Adopt-a-Dog Month and the humane society is urging individuals to choose adoption. The Bangor Humane Society hopes to leverage National Adopt-a-Dog Month to facilitate the adoption of the many dogs in its care awaiting their forever homes and educate the community and dispel the many myths about shelter pets.

Shelter animals often get a bad rap as abused, disobedient, unwanted and incapable of being trained. Most of the time, these judgments are untrue. It is true, however, that some of the dogs brought into shelters have trust issues and often are under socialized. These dogs require much more time and devotion to training. Anyone considering adopting a dog should research the commitment, monetary and otherwise, that owning a dog requires. The staff at BHS is available to help people find the right adoptive match for their family and lifestyle. There are plenty of dogs that don’t have behavioral issues and are given up for owner-related reasons.

Adoptive families are urgently needed so the Bangor Humane Society can place these dogs in forever homes. Therefore, it will run adoption specials for the month of October. Adopt a dog that has been at the shelter for 30 days or more, and pay only $30, or adopt any dog and draw an envelope to reveal a surprise discount of 10, 25 or 50 percent off the adoption fee.

The offer is valid through Oct. 31. All standard adoption policies still apply.

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