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Baltimore Is Seeing an Influx of Kuwaiti Dogs

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Kuwait City. Photo by Mikael Lindmark.
Kuwait City. Photo by Mikael Lindmark.

According to reporting in the Baltimore Sun, it can actually be easier to find permanent for Kuwaiti rescue dogs in Baltimore than in Kuwait.

MDSPCA Pet Adoptions: Almost as Easy as Saying “Woof” or “Meow”

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Each week, we introduce an animal seeking adoption at the SPCA. Maybe a cute cat or doggie in the Baltimore Fishbowl window caught your eye and you considered adopting him, but weren’t sure what all was involved in the process. Vincent Jennings, adoption counselor for the Maryland SPCA, offers information to let would-be parents know what to expect.

Do potential pet owners have to complete forms and be approved before adopting a pet?

All adopters must complete an adoption application and sit for an interview/discussion of their expectations of owning that particular cat or dog. This policy helps the adoption staff to better evaluate the adopters’ desires with the particular needs of that pet.

How many hours or visits do potential owners usually spend before they decide a particular pet is for them?

Most adopters who are “just looking” actually end up meeting a pet and complete the adoption the very same day. Not including the time spent getting acquainted with the animal, the adopter will spend between 30 minutes to 1 hour.

What would you advise for people “just looking” who don’t complete adoption procedures the same day?

We discourage potential adopters from leaving without applying for a pet they are interested in as most of the time the pet is adopted by another individual in their absence. We will happily place a pet on hold for 24 hours to give that person time to prepare the home and to ponder their decision, as adoption is a serious endeavor.

 Are there certain characteristics that could cause the SPCA to discourage or even prevent a person from adopting an animal?

Some adopters are asked to select an animal better suited to their lifestyle if the applicant cannot demonstrate that they can provide for that animal. Some adopters are denied or turned down based on prior adoption or surrender history and we gently explain to them the reasons for that decision. On rare occasions an adoption is denied due to the fact that the applicant has too many animals and we do not want to increase their burden.

But all in all, the fit between owner and pet works out for both of them?

Our adopters are a healthy mix of seasoned pet owners and first timers. Approximately 99 percent of our adopters successfully adopt the pet they have chosen.

Cutie Kelly Looking for a Home

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Looking for a more sophisticated pet to keep you company? Kelly, a fawn-colored boxer, could be a perfect match. 

Kelly is approximately eight years old — she has both a relaxed and energetic nature. The Maryland SPCA describes Kelly as “comfortable going on long walks or just lying around the house.”

Her nickname is “Swinging Tap Dancer.” Kelly could have earned that title with those white-furred boots on each paw or from performing that boxer shimmy when she’s happy. Either way, she’s ready to dance her way into someone’s home.

All of her vaccinations are current. She is also spayed and her worming is up to date. Be sure to contact the MD SPCA for the most recent information on pet adoption.

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We’re familiar with the military phrase, “leave no man behind,” but what about, “leave no man’s best friend behind?” While our U.S. soldiers were away from home in Iraq and Afghanistan, they made stray dogs and cats, and even a donkey, members of their combat zone family. The SPCA International’s “Operation Baghdad Pups” helps reunite furry loved ones with a soldier-owner once back on U.S. soil.

U.S. troops have pulled out of Iraq, but the American presence — and its need for “patriot pets” — remains. Terri Crisp, author and program manager for Operation Baghdad Pups, continues to fly to Iraq to bring home Americans’ pets. She’s following leads at this time to find a home for brother and sister Kurdish Shepherd mixes, Rookie and Monty, who she might place with a vet from Texas.

Crisp estimates that there are currently 16,000 Americans in Iraq working as civilian contractors or Embassy and Consulate employees. Some of these remaining American citizens tell Crisp, who’s made 40 trips to Iraq and Afghanistan, that they feel like prisoners at times. Crisp says, “The companionship of a dog or cat is even more crucial because they’re isolated on a very small base and can’t go anywhere.”

In fact, they’re willing to risk their safety to find a pet. In the absence of the U.S. military, Crisp says Americans have to rely on the Iraqi police for safety if they do leave base.

Considering the great lengths Americans in hostile territory go to make these friends and the great comfort their friends provide in return, it’s understandable that they don’t want to leave their pets behind to be euthanized or revert back to strays.

While not every pet can be reconnected with its original owner, Operation Baghdad Pups strives to match these animals with people who understand what they have endured and who can care for them accordingly.

Maybe there’s room for a fourth value: “Duty, Honor, Country,” and Canine?


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