More story, less introduction. This Pet of the Week installment deserves as much. Here goes.
Etcetera is a 6-month-old, spayed, female Torbie kitten (that’s a combination of Tortoise Shell and Tabby.). She weighs 5 pounds now, so she should grow up to be a medium-sized adult cat.
Adopt Etcetera, our Pet of the Week, from the Rancho Coastal Humane Society.
Etcetera was transferred to Rancho Coastal Humane Society from another animal shelter through the FOCAS / Second Chance program. The volunteers in the Cattery tell us that Etcetera loves playing with kitty toys…and that includes fingers. And that she’s been known to burst into “Zooms”…followed by cat naps. (That makes her a normal kitten.)
Remember that pets are not gifts…but if you’re thinking about adding a pet to your home this holiday season, please consider making Etcetera the newest member of your family.
The $175 adoption fee for Etcetera includes medical exam, spay, up to date vaccinations, and microchip identification.
For more information about Etcetera and other dogs, cats, and rabbits that need families call
760-753-6413, log on to www.sdpets.org, or visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas. Kennels are open Wednesday through Monday from 11 to 5:00.
And now onto our user-submitted pet adoption story. This comes to us from one of our favorite bloggers – Adventures of The Mamma Homemaker, who tweeted @PennySaverUSA this inspiring account of her own pet adoption experience:
It was the winter of 2010, we were looking for a puppy. One Saturday, my husband went to his buddy’s house to help fix a car and his wife came in with a scraggly, ugly looking dog. Her hair was matted, nothing but skin and bones, and missing fur patches.
The poor thing looked like her eyes were going to fall out of her sockets! What a sight she was!
Sandy was saved and now is a key part of a family.
She had bumps on her that made her cry when you touched them, it was horrible!
The friend’s wife had said that she basically took this dog out of someone’s home after witnessing the man beating her with a bat! But they couldn’t keep her and were going to take her down to the pound.
Unfortunately our local shelter is a kill shelter, and this poor dog wouldn’t have a chance there in her condition. Well, my husband and I talked about it, and I had qualms about it, because I had never taken care of an abused animal before, but we decided to go for it.
We took her to the vet to get her proper care. He said that she couldn’t be more than 5 months old. She was definitely dehydrated, but that was fixed quickly. A few bruised bones, but nothing major or serious, thank goodness!
We took her home and christened her Sandy (Sandificus). With love, patience, caring, and proper training you would never have known that this dog was ever abused!
She’s still scared of loud noises and occasionally has nightmares, but when she wakes up and sees that we’re there, everything is perfect again. Sandy is a German Wire Haired Pointer and she is no longer the ugly looking dog I described!
She’s my rockstar!
She’s absolutely gorgeous and stands at about 5-foot tall when on her hind legs, but she’s a total lapdog and a mommy’s girl and she loves our human boys!