Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Meet the Staff

Hope you enjoyed our little joke yesterday. Of course we don't have such exotic pets here at The Jungle Store. Those animals all require special, knowledgeable care to stay happy and healthy. We understand that to take on the responsibility of a pet is a commitment we hold for that pet's lifetime. Sometimes situations happen that make it impossible to keep our pets. In these cases it is still the owner's responsibility to see that the pet finds a new home or is placed in the care of a reputable shelter.

Approximately 10 million animals enter shelters every year. Only one quarter of these animals end up being adopted. Some may be reclaimed by their owners. A staggering 60% of dogs and 70% of cats in shelters end up being euthanized due to over-crowding, aggressiveness, illness and/or lack of adoptability.

Our next Staff Member (she handles Customer Care) looked for just such an "unadoptable" companion. At a local shelter she found Roscoe. Roscoe wasn't aggressive. He wasn't old. He wasn't sick. What classified Roscoe as unadoptable were . . . ahem . . . his looks. To some, Roscoe lacked a certain canine aesthetic. Was it the wart on his nose? Could it be the scruffy coat and uneven ears? Perhaps because of his prominent lower lip? (Have you ever seen a dog with lips?) Regardless, he languished until our Staff person saw his inner beauty. Roscoe is a dog who enjoys other dogs and people, long walks on the beach and an energetic game of tug-o-war. But most of all, Roscoe enjoys just sitting with his owner, radiating unquestionable affection, loyalty and love. What can be more beautiful than that?

Roscoe P. Coltrain III

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What an adorable, shaggy little guy!

I especially love his pouty dog lips!!