Pet Adoption: Animal Philanthropy Begins At Home

There’s just one week left to join our Give Together campaign for Animals, and Jolkona’s staff and volunteers hope to inspire you with our own personal tales (tails?) of pet adoption.

Kicking things off: Jessica Wicksnin, our web development intern: me and annie G and G's house

I found Annie, my 15-pound terrier mix, on in March 2011, after looking for a few weeks online and at local shelters. She had been abandoned at the Burien Fred Meyer. When I first met her at the shelter, she jumped nonstop for about 15 minutes. What an energetic dog! But she was so cute and so friendly there was no way I could leave her there. After a quick shopping trip at Petco, Annie came home with me the same night.

She is my first dog. I always wanted one, but wasn’t in a position to get one until a few years ago. She is now about 4 years old, but still acts like a puppy!

Annie and I go to the dog park, the farmers market, and Discovery Park. She still jumps a lot, loves to roll on worms in the yard, and has been known to steal peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from small children. Even though she can be mischievous, she is definitely one of the best parts of my life and has become a real part of the family. Where would we be without our rescue dogs?


We’d love to hear your pet adoption experiences, too! Share them in the Comments section, on Facebook and Twitter (#GiveTogether #Animals).

While waiting for tomorrow’s story, check out our previous posts about this month’s Give Together projects for Animals: Reading With Rover’s therapy dogs, the Snow Leopard Trust’s big cats, and the Woodland Park Zoo’s baby giraffe. For just $10/month, you can join a growing community making a big difference — and will receive an impact report within weeks, showing our collective giving at work. Every little bit counts, and helps.

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