Boy, the WALLY Team sure was busy this past weekend, and we loved every second of it! In addition to watching the Sounders take on F.C. Dallas, attending the Girls on the Run 5k at Seward Park, and joining Storm fans at the Storm pre-season opener game, we also had the opportunity to take a trip to Portland and participate in Oregon Humane Society’s Pug Crawl. Yes, you read that right, a PUG crawl!
The Oregon Humane Society has put on this annual event every year and features a pug costume contest, live music, delicious food and drink, and vendors who feature all products pug related. The year’s event was themed “Night of the Living Pugs.” It was here we saw the good, the bad and the “pugly,” and even PEMCO's very own Cascade Canine Sherpa!
We also got the chance to speak with the Humane Society about what makes shelter pups so great and why adopting a pup from the shelter is a great option when adopting your new family member. The top reasons that stuck with us are:
- You could save a life: More than 6 million pets end up in shelters each year; half of those will probably not be adopted.
- You’ll get a healthy pet: Most shelters examine and give vaccinations to animals when they arrive, and many spay or neuter them before being adopted. In addition to medical care, more and more shelters also screen animals for specific temperaments and behaviors to make sure each family finds the right pet for its lifestyle.
- You'll save money: Adopting a dog from an animal shelter is much less expensive than buying it from a pet store, breeder or through other sources. Most shelters also spay/neuter and vaccinate the pups before they head to their forever homes, which makes the shelter's fee a real bargain.
- You'll feel better: Pets have a way of putting a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally, and physically beneficial.
- You’ll know more about your pet: Shelters often provide plenty of care information, support, temperament evaluation, and more. They can provide advice on making your relationship with your pet the best it can be because the spending time with the pup will know what it is like and what he or she needs.
Dogs are great because they'll give you kisses...
...make you laugh...
...and they'll always be your best friend.
For more information on adopting a pet, visit http://www.humanesociety.org/. If you’re lucky enough to have found your best friend already, check out the WALLY team's upcoming events; we’d love to meet you and your pup!