To mark the first anniversary of the formation of Regional Animal Services of King County, this week we will be featuring stories and photos from adoptive and foster families. There are so many animal lovers in our county, and we especially want to recognize those people who are making lives better for pets.
Our first story this week comes from Kelly Guiberson.
My children and I visited the Kent shelter in September 2005 a few months after our 14-year-old lab mix, Josey, passed away. (I had adopted Josey from the Bellevue Humane Society when he was just three months old – before I had a husband or children.) When we visited the Kent shelter, it was hard to choose just one dog! We looked at several dogs before we chose Ringo (formerly known as Rollie).
Ringo is a black lab mix who had been at the shelter nearly 60 days and was estimated to be three years old. He was found stray with no collar or chip and was never claimed. He didn’t even get up when we stopped at the kennel to look at him, but my son insisted we take him out to meet him. He laid on our laps as if to say, “Please take me home.” People comment all the time about what a perfect dog we have and we are so proud to say he’s a shelter dog. In our experience, the BEST dogs come from the shelters. We took the time to go through training with him to polish his manners and he is amazing. Someday, we hope to do a DNA test to check his breeds.
We adopted our friendly, handsome shelter cat, Oliver, a year after Ringo. The two were friends in a day. We have a magnet on our car that says, “Who rescued who?” It makes perfect sense as our lives would not be complete without our pets. Our dog goes on all of our RV trips – we joke that he’s been to more national parks than most humans. We are so happy we rescued each other and get to live happily ever after!
I volunteer at the Kent shelter walking dogs and at special events. I wear my “ADOPT, DON’T SHOP” button proudly. There are awesome pets at the shelter waiting for a forever home!
Thanks to Kelly and her family for adopting Ringo and Oliver! Keep watching this week for more stories. If you have a story about your pet from RASKC that you’d like to share, email Cameron Satterfield.