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What’s It All About, Alfie?

By Harriet Kaufman, HCWS Volunteer

Often dogs and cats or puppies and kittens are not adopted into families because of a young child in the home or the addition of a newborn baby into a family. Sometimes parents just simply fear that aggression on the part of the animal may injure their child. This happy-ending story is about Alfie, an almost-unadoptable dog who was completely rehabilitated by our Pups on Parole program. Alfie was adopted by an 11-year-old boy named Michael Drozd, who just loves and adores his new friend.

Alfie came to Heaven Can Wait Animal Society  (HCWS) when he was only 1 ½ years old. Because he had behavior problems, he had been on the list to be euthanized at a local animal shelter.  HCWS sent Alfie directly into our Pups on Parole (POP) program, where he was able to gain extensive training with the women prisoners. Thanks to their support and loving kindness, Alfie’s behavior improved dramatically. However, because of his high energy level, he just was not right for most of the people who came to adopt him.

Alfie also had another problem, which is very common for dogs in the POP program. He developed a special fondness for one of the HCWS Dog Coordinators. This sometimes occurs when an animal gains trust and bonds with the coordinator who rescues, feeds, and trains it. Alfie was in the POP program for six months, which is a very long time for a dog to be cooped up in such a small prison room, so he refused to behave when potential adopters came to look at him on adoption day. All he wanted was his doggie coordinator – who he trusted and loved!

Finally, it took a wonderful young boy named Michael to find Alfie his forever home.  Michael, Mark (his father), and mom Cindy Drozd adopted Alfie earlier this month.  Our Dog Coordinator says that Michael and Alfie play video games and outdoor games every day and that they are now the best of buddies! Best of all, Alfie has had absolutely no behavior problems, since being placed with Michael and his family.

So, if you are unsure whether a dog, cat, kitten, or puppy would fit into your home that includes a small child or infant, fear no more. Animals can be rehabilitated to become welcomed members of society and welcomed members of any home with a baby. Both children and animals have amazing propensities for forgiveness and unconditional love that can overcome hardships and abuse. Please consider adopting an animal, BECAUSE you have a child (who can learn from his or her family how to properly care for a pet), not in spite of it. It’s a win-win situation for the animals AND for the children!

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3 Responses

  1. Such an awesome story. I so love such happy endings. Alfie you are a lucky boy to be so loved!!! Lots of doggie treats for you!!

  2. I look forward to reading your blog or newsletter, it is so positive. I live in the midwest, southern Missouri where there are so many unwanted pets and also many ‘puppy mills’ We also havew lots of good people working to find homes for dogs and some good ‘nokill’ shelters.
    I love the ‘pups on parole’ program but don’t know if there is such a program here. Do you know who I would contact fo find out if we have a program, locally? Thanks for your help. Carol Frische

  3. It is a beautiful ending story for Alfie,I’m very happy for it!
    And congrat.to that wonderful boy that adopted him,Bravo!

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