I have waited SO long for a puppy. I have been trying to convince Kevin for 3 years – we even drove an hour to a rescue, I fell in love with a puppy and we left empty handed because it wasn’t the right time. Then we moved to NJ and both agreed it wouldn’t be any fun to have a new puppy that needs to go potty 835489x in the winter. Then, once we got engaged and word that we were moving back to Miami, I knew that I needed one ASAP.
How To Find a Rescue Puppy
I researched the rescues in the area, there are some great resources like Petfinder but I kept a closer eye on the actual rescue websites. Here are some of the ones I was looking at:
- Miami Humane Society
- Broward County Humane Society
- Jamie’s Rescue
- Good Karma Pet Rescue
- 100+ Abandoned Dogs of The Everglades
- Big Dog Ranch Rescue
- Check the websites multiple times a day, most of them update throughout the day.
- Fill out applications. Some have general apps and some you have to express interest in a certain dog(s). They take up to 72 hours to get approved so if you can do it beforehand you won’t miss out on getting the pup you want!
- Act on the puppies you’re even mildly interested in and FAST. Especially if you want a puppy – they go fast.
Back to Cashew – I had been looking at all of those websites 485739x a day, I’m not even kidding you. We kind of had an idea of what we were looking for, definitely a puppy, and some sort of lab mix. We put in a few applications that didn’t workout, but took it as a sign that it wasn’t meant to be. I had been scrolling through the Miami Humane Society website and I saw THESE two photos…
My first thought was ‘eh’ and I kept scrolling. I didn’t want to believe that these were the only two puppies they had, so I scrolled back up. At first glance, they look like Dachshunds, which (no offense to Dachshund owners) we didn’t want. However, the breed said “mixed, large” so I knew they couldn’t be dachshunds, ya know? I sent a quick screen shot to my animal pro cousin (if you’ve been following for a while, the one with the pig!) and asked her what she thought they were. Her first response was “some sort of lab mix” and I was interested. She urged us to go see them in person because they could be way different!
Their names were ‘Texas’ and ‘Arkansas’, on my application I had put down that I wanted to see ‘Texas’, purely based on his angle being better in that picture.
We made an appointment for that day! When I called to confirm the address, the woman said “ok you want to see Arkansas right?” I politely said no I would like to see Texas. She assured me I would be able to tell the adoption person once we got there.
Since this was during the pandemic, we had to stay in our car and text a number and wait for a phone call. Once we got our phone call, that woman also said “ok you want to see Arkansas right?” and I responded with the same answer. She told us to meet her outside. She asked me again if I would like to see Arkansas and I said “I wanted to see Texas but we wouldn’t mind seeing both! Her response: “ok I’ll bring out Arkansas” ooooookay lady. The universe obviously had different plans for us because the second I laid eyes on Cashew (Arkansas) I knew he would be ours.
He’s the cutest, sweetest little thing. He loves to play and snuggle and sleeps through the night like a good little pup. We love him so much and we’re so happy he’s ours. #AdoptDon’tShop