The economy also has an impact on animals. Recently, Adopt-a-Dog, located in Greenwich, rescued six dogs from a home that had gone into foreclosure. The poor animals were unkempt, hungry and ill.
"My staff knew that these dogs would cost us a lot of money to care for, but they are compassionate and couldn't abandon these poor animals," said Allyson Helm, president of Adopt-a-Dog.
I am willing to pay the adoption fees and a month of medication, if the animal requires it, to anyone who adopts one of these dogs.
You can view all the dogs on the website www.adoptadog.org, but here are the stories for three of them.
Sadie is a 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier. She is kind and loving and would be best in a home with older children. Another dog is no problem, Sadie loves company.
Jillian is also a Jack Russell. She is 11 and has a history of seizures. She is also being treated for a skin condition, which is now under control. Jack Russell's have a great temperament and Sadie and Jillian are no exceptions.
But if you are looking for a dog with an adorable little face, you will love Rusty. He is an 11-year-old Prince Charles Cavalier spaniel with a great personality, who would love a home with other dogs and older children.
All these animals want is to be loved.
Despite the fact that they have suffered, they are still trusting and affectionate.
There are hundreds of dogs languishing in shelters around the country.
Many of these shelters like Adopt-a-Dog are run by volunteers and financed 100 percent through contributions.
They get no money from the city or state yet they manage to get by on a shoestring and find homes for these dogs and cats.
If you want a dog, don't go to a pet store as many of those dogs are from puppy mills and suffer all sorts of illnesses. Always visit a local shelter first. I am sure you will find a dog there that will win over your heart.
Also consider making a small contribution to Adopt-a-Dog through their website to help them with the wonderful work they do to help neglected animals.
I don't know what I'd do without my four rescue dogs. After traveling the world on business, it is wonderful to come home and be greeted with unbridled enthusiasm by my pack.
I hope to hear that one of my readers has adopted Rusty, Jillian or Sadie.
If you do, send along a photo of you with your new best friend to email@example.com.