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Hey There, Charlie Boy!

Posted by on October 15, 2012

It's been a really exciting few weeks in the Stern household.

Early this month, Howard and I welcomed our fourth North Shore Animal League America cat to our family, and we couldn’t be happier!

Our new addition, Charlie Boy – a seven-year-old Mutt-i-gree –  has got everything you could possibly want in a pet. He’s affectionate; he’s super smart, and incredibly funny. Howard and I are totally in love with him. But despite his perfect personality, it took many months for Charlie Boy to be adopted.

It’s not that there’s anything wrong with him, trust me. He’s amazing in every way (I know. I’m gushing. I can’t help myself)! The reality, however, is that adult cats and adult dogs always have a harder time finding someone to adopt them than the younger animals.

It’s the cute factor, and I totally understand it. As the spokesperson for Animal League America for many years now, I’ve met thousands of puppies and kittens, and I’ve fallen for each and every one of these babies. Nuzzling noses with that new pup or kitty and watching them explore the world with wide-eyed fascination is a beautiful experience.

But that doesn’t change the fact that there are so many great reasons to adopt an older animal, like some of the ones pictured below, who have been waiting for their homes for quite some time.

Young puppies and kittens are like babies – sure, they’re adorable, but they also require a lot of time and attention. If you’re not home for most of the day, with lots of free time, it’s not a great idea to get a young one – especially a puppy, whose energy knows no bounds!

Adult dogs and cats don’t require as much training. They often arrive at the shelter housebroken or litter box-trained, and they’re usually socialized with people and other animals. They’re typically calmer than young animals, especially after the age of three or four, when the puppy and kitty personalities are behind them. Plus, you know their temperament and size at the start, no guessing!

But, like our Charlie Boy, older animals still have tons of affection to give. And they are so grateful; they’ll spend the rest of their lives thanking you with their love.

In addition to our new family member, we’re blessed to have three other rescued adult cats in our lives: Apple, Walter and Leon Bear, who are thrilled to have a new sibling in the house. Of course, they all still miss Bianca, our beloved dog who passed away this summer – and, though I know I’ve said it before, I want to tell you again how moved Howard and I were by the beautiful condolences so many of you sent to us, along with donations to Animal League America in Bianca’s honor. We miss her so much!

Your support of Animal League America and the Mutt-i-grees Movement, which encourages people all over the world to adopt a pet instead of buying one, saves lives. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for all you do to support these wonderful rescued animals, whether young or old.

Some of My Special Friends

When I was at Animal League America a few weeks ago, I spent some time with a few very special adult dogs that have been there for quite some time. Please visit us and make sure you ask to see them and consider welcoming them into your hearts and homes.

Cindy is a Black Labrador/Hound mix that loves people but doesn't like other dogs. She especially loves being in the company of humans and wants to be with people as much as she can. She loves to please people and constantly is holding up her toys so people can play with her. She is housebroken, obedient, very quiet and trustworthy when left alone. Cindy has an undying loyalty to anyone that she can bond with. She needs a home as the only pet.
Cynthia is an American Bulldog / Pit Bull mix that was rescued from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She lost her home once again because of a ban on pets. Cynthia is a sweet, gentle, loving dog who loves to bask in the sun. She behaves wonderfully around people and is eager to please. Cynthia is quiet, laid back, trustworthy and housebroken. Cynthia doesn't like being around cats. She will make the perfect pet for someone who is just looking for that one special animal companion.
  Pebbles is a Border Collie/Pointer mix and a really sweet adult dog. She is roughly four years old. She would do best in a home with no other pets. She loves to go for long walks and is extremely housebroken. She is very affectionate and loves snuggling next to her favorite people. Pebbles would be ideal for a family or single individual.
  Sophie, a Labrador/Newfoundland mix, can be a bit shy at first but once she gets to know someone she loosens up and becomes affectionate. Sophie enjoys going for long walks and is totally housebroken. Her basket bed is her favorite hangout spot. She would do well in a home with older children and no other animals.
Trinity is a Corgi/German Shepherd mix who was recently rescued from a shelter in Huntsville, AL. She hasn't been here at Animal League America for very long, but has already made many friends. She is missing one leg but you wouldn't know it. Trinity has proved to be extremely resilient and loves to go for walks. She is extremely sweet and affectionate to all.


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Submitted by Sally Wack on: October 25, 2012
Beth, I just love you and your passion for animals. I have always gotten my kitties from rescue shelters. My new little boys (brothers) bring my husband and I such joy! We adore them and when we went just for one kitty, the best thing we ever did was to take his brother too. Ben and Jerry. The best babies ever. We are so lucky!

Submitted by Lisa on: October 19, 2012
Thank you so much Beth, you are truly an inspiration, as howard is also. My dog passed the same week Bianca did, it was horrible.....on wednesday i was crying with howard listening to him pour his heart out, and i was actuallly hugging my dog, not knowing she would die 2 days later.....7/20/2012...RIP. Bless you both for all the work you do to support animals and just being you....Have the north shore calander on my desk at work...and i am a chick!!! LOL--love my howie and my beth....bless you both!! Much love.

Submitted by Kathleen Haugh (CT) on: October 16, 2012
Beth, I recently became a Sponsor Program pet parent for Marty the Golden Retriever after I learned of your loss. I have a gorgeous golden girl Logan and am thrilled to help. Your book was fantastic and I admire and respect both you and Howard more than words can say for your efforts with North Shore and The Wildlife Foundation. My Best, Kathleen ~

Submitted by Amanda Shea on: October 16, 2012
Beth, the work you do for these animals is simply amazing. Our kitty was actually a rescue at 4 months old, living out of a dumpster. You could not be more right when you said a rescued/adopted animal repays you w/nothing but love. Our kids would love to have a dog, but until we move into a bigger place, we'll just stick w/kitty for now. I want our dog to have the best life possible when we find him/her & it will definitely be an adopted dog. Thank you again Beth, you rock!!

Submitted by Brooke on: October 16, 2012
I have two cats that I adopted as kittens and one that I adopted when she was 5. She is 14 now and the best of the bunch. I adore her. I also adopted a 2 year old doggie and he is now 11. You are so right about adopting adult animals. When I volunteered at a local shelter here in CA people only wanted kitttens or puppies. They were so wrong. Thank you for putting this in the spotlight.

Submitted by AA on: October 16, 2012
Beth, thank you for doing this! Older pets are wonderful companions!

Submitted by RLM on: October 16, 2012
What a wonderful advocate you are for our furry friends! Thank you for all that you do. You are an inspiration.


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