- 10/14/20 Play with me! Play with me! Play with me!
- 10/4/20 Run! Be Free!
- 10/03/20 Oh, how I love Toys!
- 10/03/20 Play Ball!
- 10/03/20 Yummy!
- 10/03/20 More Yummies!
- 10/03/20 Just a Short Run
- 10/03/20 Mini Movie
- 9/22/20 Barbershop Quartet
- 9/21/20 Party Time
- 9/14/20 Romper Room
- 9/9/2020 – Can you tell which is which?
- 9/3/2020 – Please may I go out to Play?
- 8/31/2020 – Soakin’ up the Lovin’
- 8/15/2020 – Nya & I are fascinated by TV Animals. I am the one talking to and sniffing the television.
More About Me: When I first came to Pet Harbor, I was afraid. Now that I’ve seen the light of day (literally), experienced love, and gotten healthy & clean, I am coming out of my fur. (I don’t have a shell.) My foster mom has truly turned us around. “Us” is Nya, who likely is my daughter; and me. You will see it is difficult to capture videos of me because I want to be up close & personal with the photographer. So we have lots of footage of closeups of my nose! Maybe we can have a conversation over an imaginary cup of tea because I LOVE to talk and have lots to say! A good thing to know about me is I’m a determined athlete. I will climb and have climbed an 8′ fence to get to what I want. Wanna climb Mount Everest with me? Another thing you should understand about me is my beginnings. They were extremely rough. Basically I lived in a shack with Nya. There were over 20 dogs on the property, but in my shack lived Nya and me. We lived in our excrement. How were we fed? Who knows? How did we see humans? We didn’t. You see, when we were rescued, a wall had to be taken down in order for us to be reached. So nobody knows how long we were that way. Do you know the movies and videos where people live in jungles and then learn to be people when they escape the jungle? That’s Nya and me. That means we were primitive. It also means we are extraordinarily grateful. It took multiple baths and a great groomer to even find out our coat color. And our foster mom has been amazing and really has brought us kindly into the world of understanding humans are safe. Now we’re soaking up the love. I love people. I’m making up for all the time I lost not being near them. I especially love children! They’re super cool! It’s rather easy to train me as I am food- and toy-motivated! Something else I love is riding in the car with my face in the wind. When I first came to Pet Harbor, I didn’t play with the other dogs. Naturally, I had no confidence in that area. Again my wonderful foster mom has helped me immensely, and now I will play with other dogs. All Nya & I really need is permanent homes. Well, Pet Harbor thought Nya and I should be separated, but now that they have separated us, we are grieving the missing bond. But what we really need is homes and families, whether that is together or apart. People we can call our own. So if you’re the wonderful family for me, I’m so happy. Just be sure, please, because I want my next stop to be my last and the place I achieve true tranquility.Read More
Obviously, everything written here is subject to change.
Of course, the safety of our volunteers and adopters is of utmost importance to us. In light of that and due to jurisdictional and venue rules, Pet Harbor had suspended its public events. On October 3, 2020, we are going to hold an event. We will make a decision about any future events at a later date.
At this time, the adoption procedures we have been following during COVID remain in place, but we have added the Oct. 3 event. Approved applicants can come to the event and meet dogs. PLEASE email us ahead at email@example.com. so we are expecting you since we have to follow social distancing rules.
At times other than the event, approved applicants still are able to have meet & greet sessions, but it remains necessary to narrow the choice to one dog and one meeting.
FOR MEETING DOGS OUTSIDE EVENTS, adoptions are still occurring with multiple safety precautions in place. Specifically:
~ Prospective adopters have the option of a virtual home visit using FaceTime, Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Google Meet, Skype, or similar virtual method or a video home visit, in lieu of an in-person home visit.
~ Upon application approval, these steps happen:
1) All adoption documentation is completed electronically at least one day prior to meeting a dog. No exceptions.
2) To comply with social distancing and our own logistical concerns, applicants & Pet Harbor will work together to narrow the choices to only one dog.
3) Without a guarantee, of course, if the applicants intend to take the dog home that day after the meeting, depending on factors such as where the dog is fostered, volunteer schedule, etc., with proper safety gear, our volunteers with that one dog will meet with everyone in the applicant household (human & canine), but if the applicants do not intend if it all goes well to take the dog home that day, there will not be a meeting. The meeting will occur at or near the dog’s foster home, which will usually be throughout Virginia or in suburban Maryland or D.C.
4) The volunteer holds the dog forward on a 6′ leash & applicants hook their own leash to the dog’s collar. Then the volunteer will disconnect the Pet Harbor leash;
5) From a minimum distance of 6′ from the volunteers, applicants will spend time with the dog while the volunteers are still able to assist and answer questions;
6) If applicants decide to adopt, the donation will be made electronically and the receipt emailed;
7) If applicants decide to adopt, volunteers will take family pictures from a safe distance; and
8) If applicants decide not to adopt, the reverse with leashing happens, the documentation is deleted, and everybody goes their own way.
FOR THE OCTOBER 3 EVENT:
1) If you are sick, please stay home!
2) Social distancing remains in effect.
3) Face coverings are required.
4) Hand sanitizer is available.
5) Only Pet Harbor volunteers or approved applicants are allowed to walk dogs or hold their leashes.
6) Our event will be held outside the PetsMart store.
7) While we LOVE visits from our current or prior adopters, this particular event must be just for prospective adopters.
8) If approved applicants decide to adopt at the event, the paperwork will be done on site. We have pens, but please take the pen you use with you when you finish. The donation can be done electronically or on site in cash, adopters’ choice.Read More