Adopt a Dog, Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler in Syracuse, NY
Syracuse, NY -- The has reduced its adoption fees for cats and dogs due to overcrowding.
The Dewitt Animal Hospital is the shelter for the City of . We receive stray dogs and injured cats that the dedicated officers of Syracuse Dog Control bring in throughout the year. Animals are evaluated by the doctor and staff for health and behavioral concerns. Each dog is held at the shelter to be reclaimed by an owner for a city minimum of five days, then the animal is allowed to be adopted out to the appropriate home. Many of the dogs housed at DeWitt Animal Hospital stay a number of weeks before just the right match is found for them. During this time the staff gets to know more about their temperament and any health concerns can be addressed. If you are interested in giving a shelter dog a second chance, please contact us!
Chris Taylor, of North Syracuse, has been volunteering Monday evenings for about a year. "As I leave the house, I tell my family, 'Mama's going to the dogs tonight.'"
Chris, like many Helping Hounds volunteers, also fostered one of the dogs in her home. The one-year-old , named Vern -- a hunting dog who had never been in a home -- was afraid of everything, including the stairs, refrigerator, ceiling fan and the television.
Taylor's 16-year-old son, Jared, also a volunteer, wanted his own dog, and promised to care for Vern. Chris thought Jared would tire of getting out of bed each morning to tend to Vern, but after two months Jared was still fulfilling his promise.
"And Vern got along with everybody -- my older, special needs dachshund, our ferret and my husband, Patrick," Chris said. "So we adopted him.'' Chris' older son, Ross, is a veterinary technician who also volunteers at Helping Hounds, doing blood draws and taking fecal samples, helping to keep the dogs healthy and free of parasites.
Some of the dogs come with heartbreaking histories, such as one the staff found tied up outside the shelter one morning, with a note. The dog was so plagued by fleas he had no fur left on his hindquarters. Or Queenie, who was tossed from a moving car. The young pitbull/hound mix frantically followed the car until she collapsed, and a benevolent witness picked her up took her to a shelter.
But, Chris is quick to add, Helping Hounds is not a depressing place. "These dogs have all been saved from death row," she said. "They are loved, really loved, and well taken care of."
Maureen Mullally Fekete, of Tully, is what's referred to as an "Angel" for the longest-term resident, Stewie, a . Stewie has lived at Helping Hounds for about 3 1/2years. Maureen, who works nearby at Widewaters Parkway, drives to Helping Hounds each day at lunch time and takes 5-year-old Stewie to the to run, explore and have fun.
Maureen and Stewie also go to Green Lakes State Park for outings, to obedience training classes and she sponsors food for Stewie and Neely, another long-term resident. "A lot of the volunteers see those dogs that need extra help, whether it be food or just getting out, and they take it upon themselves to provide that."
Maureen said she would love to adopt Stewie, but she knows he would not get along with her adopted dog and four cats. She is researching animal sanctuaries that will take him, and if Stewie moves on, she said she will drive him to the sanctuary and then give love and attention to the next longest-term resident.
"It's a really great organization because the people are really great," Maureen said. "They go above and beyond, but you get more than you give. That's the bottom line."
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