I am a big fan of the Chihuahua breed of dog but surely was not in the market for another at this time. Being an avid animal lover and a freelancer in the field, I was checking local shelters to see their available pets and saw a picture of this adorable Chihuahua, Trixie, needing a home. It is usually rare to see a Chihuahua up for adoption. I had to call and get more information on her. Finding out that this adorable little girl had just come in and came from an otherwise perfect home life, I went down right away to the Tails Humane Society in DeKalb, Illinois.
I have long known about Tails, almost worked with and for them, and personally knew some of the people working with the animals. I also know Beth who runs the place and only has the best interest of the pets at heart. They room over 150 cats and dogs, bunnies, some small rodents and even an occasional reptile and bird or two.
Once I saw this adorable little girl of only about 5 pounds, full grown and beautiful, I knew my family had just grown . . . again. The application process is very simple but thorough. Of course, it may seem like a lot of paperwork to fill out but it goes to show how careful and dedicated Tails is to finding the perfect home for their pets. Many questions need answers, as they seem to almost do a background check to establish the right family for the right pets.
Of course there are fees applied to the adoption process but these fees include a complete medical check for your new family member, as well as all vaccinations, a microchip, spaying/neutering, deworming, a free follow-up visit at a participating veterinarian and one month of free pet insurance. Trixie’s adoption fee for all included amenities costs me $150, which is highly worth this beautiful and loving little dog.
My new family member is so adoring and affection. She seemed to fit in very quickly. Being that Trixie is already 3 years old, she is totally housebroken and never ever has an accident indoors. With our new cooler weather, she is definitely not a fan of staying outside. Otherwise, she is a sun worshiper, looking for any sunspot to sprawl out on the floor. The only thing we have noticed with her is that she is a bit timid, as though she has gone through some past abuse that has stayed with her. I love her so much as I do my other little girl and guy I already have at home and though they did not welcome her with open paws, it only took a few days of monitored socialization together before they began playing all together on their own. Not all pets fit in that well that quickly but I can tell you from experience that it does work . . . some dogs may take a little longer than others. This is my third dog adoption in the last 5 – 6 years or so and have never had a problem with all our pets getting along.
There are so many wonderful pets available for adoption. My heart broke as I walked into that shelter and witnessed many endearing pets begging me to take them home. Tails Humane Society of DeKalb, Illinois takes great care of the pets that they home. Their facility also offers obedience training, giving you a discount if you adopt one of their pets. Some of the other wonderful amenities they offer to all other pet owners a discount of spaying and neutering pets by their affiliated veterinarian at very discounted costs. They can help with other veterinary services as well.
Tails holds open adoption promotions at Petsmart and Petco quite often, trying to introduce some of their residents more openly to the public. This helps introduce more people to adorable adoptive pets and where others can be found at the Tails Humane Society. As always, these facilities rely on people like us for donations of money, pet food and supplies.