In the past year my husband adopted a puppy from our local shelter. I was and have always been a "cat" lover. But quickly I feel in love with Donald's little puppy. He got his puppy at the end of March last year and mid April he had to leave unexpectedly for a funeral in California. His young nephew passed away. So there I sat with a puppy. I took Glen to work with me and quickly became VERY attached to a puppy. He traveled back and forth in a laundry basket while my husband had to be away. He comes running now when Donald calls Glen. He ignores me when I say his name, but when I say "Come here mama's little puppy" he will step over anything or anyone who gets in his way and run to me.
In June of last year we also by way of rescue became the proud parents of an 8 month old black lab who was worse for wear when she showed up at my office. She was limping, down in her hip and afraid of everything. If you went to pet her she would cower down and whimper. It was obvious to both us and the vet that Laney had been mistreated. She lets up pet her now, but still prefers that you use an open hand palm up when you call her over to be petted. She has an awful burn scar on her back that is about 3 inches around.
Last year was financially challenging for us. After all I am a real estate broker and own my own firm and most of the money I made last year went back into the business and what did not went to the University of Georgia for our oldest child who is currently a junior there. And besides the unexpected cost of the flight to California for a funeral my husband also was out of work for 3 months last year with surgery. Now he did have benefits from work, but the check was not his usual pay check.
So in an effort to save money I once again became a coupon clipper. I shop the sale papers and plan my menu around what is on sale that week and clip coupons of products I buy, not products I do not buy. And with two growing puppies in the house we go through a 34 pound bag of puppy chow every week. That little guy in the clothes basket... well his mother is a Great Dane and his father is a German Shepard so he eats A LOT!
I discovered quite by accident a wonderful web site that not only allowed me to print and download a $4.00 coupon, but also when the coupon is redeemed purina would make a donation to any registered animal shelter of my choice.
Now of course I choose my local Oconee Regional Humane Society. They have a wonderful program and help lots of pets find homes and also help lower income families with the costs of spay/nutuer surgeries. So I was thrilled when I found that I could help myself and help my local shelter at the same time. I also told all my friends and family members that are pet owners about the web site so they could do the same. I encourge you to check it out, download yourself a coupon and share this web site with your friends, family and neighbors and help yourself and help your local shelter as well.
If your local shelter isn't on the list of ones you can choose you should let them know about the program so they can register for it as well.
The afternoon I found it I told about 25 people so I hope they all participated and got our local shelter a little bit of money anyway. And who can't use a coupon these days?
So check out this web site if you are a pet owner and pass it along to your friends and family. And if you happen to not own a pet you can still tell your friends and family who are pet owners about it. As a result of so many homes having been foreclosed on there are more pets abandanded than ever before in this country. We all need to do our part and help where and how we can. This is a way for you to help that doesn't cost you a sincle penny. Just a click of the mouse and bam your shelter can get a donation and you can get a coupon too.
Tammy Lankford, Broker/Owner
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