Our pups & cats are just five of the many reasons I'm so passionate about pet adoption. I'd love to tell you a little more about how they came into our lives!
It all started with Max, the cutest little shepherd-mix puppy. He was my first pet as an adult. David and I had only been dating for a month when we adopted him! We fell in love with his adorable puppy face and he was with us for 10 years.
Rosie, our 12 year old Bassett Hound, was adopted from a friend who had her for three years and realized Rosie needed more one-on-one time than she was able to give. We met Rosie, fell in love with her, and now she has all the attention she could possibly want :)
We also have two cats - Buzzsaw, our puma, and Skywalker, our snow leopard (you can see their cute faces on my Meet Mandy page). We adopted both of them from local rescue groups who were set up at PetSmart, and they've been with us for 10+ years.
After we lost Max, we decided to start fostering. We work primarily with East C.A.N. (read more about them below) and have worked with them to both foster and photograph pups who need homes for about 6 years now. Our two latest additions, Don Draper and Rollo, both came from East C.A.N. After fostering 25+ puppies and dogs, these two - one right after another - stole our hearts (and each other's, they have a serious bromance going on).
In my opinion, rescue animals make the best pets! Even if you are looking for a particular breed, there are rescue groups for them all - do some research and find the pet that's right for you and your family.
Here are a few animal related groups we have worked with and feel passionate about supporting. You can click on their names to go directly to their websites.
East C.A.N.- As I mentioned above, we have fostered many dogs and puppies through this great organization! East C.A.N. doesn't have a physical location; rather they are composed of a network of foster homes. They are always looking for new foster homes and you don't have to be in East Nashville to foster! They always have lots of sweet pups available for adoption, so if you are looking to adopt please check them out.
Pet Community Center - This wonderful organization has a physical location in East Nashville and provides low cost spay and neuter services, as well as basic vetting. They also have a trap-fix-release program to stop the over-population of feral cats. I can't say enough good things about them, and they can always use support in way of volunteers and donations!
R.A.R.E. - This is a new organization I have been working with this year. R.A.R.E. stands for Rural Animal Rescue Effort. I have been working with R.A.R.E to photograph their adoptable cats and dogs. This organization pulls animals from rural shelters and pounds to get them into new forever homes. They also have a foster program and always need help fostering sweet cats and dogs!
I would be happy to connect you with any of these groups - just let me know how I can help!