Love & Safety

(Another great blog written by Whispers co-author Cheril Thomas)

Jade had puppies, won't have any more, and is ready for a new human family!  (Don't worry about the fencing.  It was raining so we couldn't take this sweetheart outside.)

Jade had puppies, won’t have any more, and is ready for a new human family! (Don’t worry about the fencing. It was raining so we couldn’t take this sweetheart outside.)

Dogs like Jade only want a new home… where they can love, play and feel safe.

Whispers co-author Susan Reiss and I are learning a lot about the adoption process and the need for good homes because our main character, Maggie, is adopting a pup… for companionship and protection.

Recently, we talked with Sandy Seebach, Adoption Coordinator at Talbot Humane in Easton, Maryland.  “Our volunteers work hard so the process can be easy for the people who want to adopt our dogs and cats.”

First, people are given a tour, fill out an application and talk to a counselor about the type of animal they want and the home and resources they have to give a pet. Usually within a few days the application is processed and the excitement of welcoming a new family member begins.

But what about the other end of the story? How do all of the healthy, clean, well-fed and groomed animals appear at Talbot Humane? And how can you be sure the animal you select will be right for you?  You might worry that you may be ‘taking on someone else’s problem.’

Adoption coordinator Sandy stressed the temperament screenings each dog goes

Vivan, a Chocolate Lab mix, eager for walks and attention.

Vivan, a Chocolate Lab mix, eager for walks and attention.

through as part of the adoption process. After being brought into the shelter, a dog is given time to settle in a bit and then an initial screening is done. Some dogs go through several rounds of temperament testing to determine their normal personality and reactions. No dog is made available for adoption until their disposition is known. On the door to each holding pen, there is a listing of a dog’s strengths and needs so anyone considering adoption can have a better understanding of the animal that may become part of the family.

In the first few meetings between prospective owners and their potential pets, staff members are there to help everyone – the prospective owner, other family members, even other pets — get acquainted. The staff works hard to help ensure a good fit for both owners and animals.

Even before the adoption process starts, Talbot Humane is at work.  Every dog is spayed or neutered and microchipped. Large dogs and certain breeds need training in order to optimize their new life as a pet. Talbot Humane provides guidance to help new owners meet those training needs.

Talbot Humane is more than a safe haven for dogs and puppies, cats and kitties.  They house birds, guinea pigs and even have a very clever rabbit, all eagerly awaiting a new home.

Are you interested in enriching your life with a pet? Check out the website of your local humane society.  On the Maryland Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, consider visiting Talbot Humane.  Start at their website: www.talbothumane.org. A new world of fun and love awaits.

Callie, a Boston Terrier mix, wants to love somebody!

Callie, a Boston Terrier mix, wants to love somebody!

And if you’re on the Shore, come join in the fun at Bark in the Park this Saturday, October 10 at Idlewild Park in Easton. Join us at the Attractions Magazine table in the main tent and enter the “Name the Pup” Contest for a chance to win great prizes… and to see the name you pick for Maggie’s new pup in print, Whispers, the serial mystery, published at www.AttractionMag.com!


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