What the director of the Texas shelter wants you to know is that you’d be better off adopting a dog from a local shelter here in Colorado.
The hundreds of people — including Coloradans — who have inquired about adopting Rusty do so out of good intentions, Humane Society of Central Texas Executive Director Paul Rivadeneira told Patch. But often, they’re so fixed on rescuing a dog who has spent months and years in a shelter that their expectations about the kind of relationship they and the new pet would have are unrealistic.
“Rusty isn’t the dog you’re envisioning,” Rivadeneira has to tell Rusty’s would-be adopters. “It’s a kind thing to do, but he’s going to be a problem.”
While rescuing that one dog who has been waiting years for adoption may seem like a noble gesture, so is adopting less-famous dogs among the estimated 3.3 million dogs that enter U.S. animal shelters every year.
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“There’s a Rusty in every shelter,” Rivadeneira said. “We know lots of dogs like him that are amazing and wonderful.
“We want everyone to flood their local shelters. We know the homes are out there for Rusty … and for all those other dogs we know are hard to place.”