Consider Yourself Part of the Family

I’m on my own this week, which means full responsibility for the two dogs! That means I HAVE to walk them every morning (no hitting the snooze button a couple of times a week), and go home at lunch to let them out and spend a little time with them. They’re used to having a human around at least 20 hours a day, but are good about being on their own.

I guess I could leave them out in the yard all day, or they’d probably be fine inside for 8 hours with no accidents. But that’s not how I treat family.

For most of us, dogs and cats are family. And at SoHumane, we want the entire family involved in making the decision to adopt a pet.

That’s one of the reasons that if you already have a dog, we require you to bring it in for a monitored “meet and greet” with the dog you want to adopt. If gives us a chance to help you learn how to integrate a new dog into a family with existing pets.

We also want you to bring the kids, spouses – anyone who is going to live with the animal. Being open on weekends helps make this possible, but closing at 5 on weekdays can still make it hard for everyone to get to our facilities at Table Rock Road.

That’s why we’re hosting a Hot August Nights event this  Friday and Saturday. We’re staying open until 8 p.m. each night and have lots of family events – prizes, games, a Barking Lot Sale, free popcorn – even a dunking tank featuring yours truly.

So if you’re thinking about adopting, or just want to hang out with some cool cats, come on down this weekend and say hello. You never know who you might run into!


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    Kenn Altine

    Kenn Altine is the executive director of, the Southern Oregon Humane Society. He and the SoHumane staff are committed to helping cats and dogs that have lost everything, including the only home they may have ever known. Through the ... Read Full
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