Let’s talk fences, front doors and leashes! Let’s talk about our furry family. Let’s talk about keeping them safe and out of harm’s way.

York Adopt-A-Pet has been receiving a crazy number of calls regarding lost and found pets. Staff and volunteers of the local rescue do everything they can to reunite owners and their wayward pets. At the same time, the kennel is bursting at the seams with found dogs, many who sadly, go unclaimed, in need of adoption. And in the meantime, space is at a premium.

I’ve written quite a few times about our dog Tug. Dog lovers know raising a dog up from a pup takes patience, love and the commitment to care for them all of their years (times seven).

The way I see it, caring for Tug involves vet care and toys to share, walks on leashes and full dog dishes, a fenced in yard and monthly Heart Guard. Caring for Tug means doing my absolute best to assure he isn’t put in harm’s way. This includes the use of a leash and having a fenced in yard (we only had to fence it in once). It means corralling him when company comes over so he doesn’t slip out the door.

I know stuff happens! I’ve had a “Dashound” dash-out between my legs when the front door opened. Smokey did that every chance he would get. If you didn’t catch him at the big tree by the sidewalk when he paused to lift his leg it was all over. Smokey was our dog ... he traveled with us to Japan and back. Smokey landed in York with the rest of my family in 1970. He was a door dasher of a Dachshund and he paid for it with his life. He had gotten away from us one day and was missing ... Smokey was hit and killed on Delaware Avenue by a driver who didn’t even stop. I was a senior in high school ... I was broken hearted. We found out what had happened to him when a police officer knocked on our door and handed Smokey’s collar to my mom. For years I thought about what we could have done differently. Sometimes there isn’t really anything a person can do. But with Smokey in mind, I (we) made a few choices when we became pet parents; choices like using a leash, taking advantage of obedience training, securing the dog when we answer the door and putting up a fence.

Yep, stuff happens, especially when pets are on the run. York Adopt-A-Pet Kennel Manager Kim Hart experiences this daily and says, “The lucky ones end up at Adopt-A-Pet.” Lucky indeed to be safe, loved and cared for until their owners or a new forever home is found.

So be sure to watch over your furry friends … at this writing Hart reports York Adopt-A-Pet has 38 dogs in in its care and that is a passel. These dogs are lucky and we as a community are lucky to have safe shelter for lost and found pets, including the dashing hounds.

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