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These Socks Were Made For Walkin’…Home!

Socks with his new forever family.  A perfect match!

Socks with his new forever family. A perfect match!

20121222_101016By Keely Biggs

Like most dogs, no one really knows where Socks came from; what trials and tribulations he suffered before being rescued by Heaven Can Wait. Socks is an adult dog, about 2 ½ or 3 years of age. We can only guess. Was he cared for during this time? Was he loved? Regardless, once he fell into the hands of Heaven Can Wait, his fate was ultimately sealed.

Socks is a larger black Labrador mix with white paws; hence the name. He was passed up many times in the adoption center. HCWS theorizes this was because people have a hard time connecting with a black dog. The truth is, however, that Socks is one of the most sociable and playful dogs I have met.

Thanks to friends on the Heaven Can Wait Animal Society Facebook Fan Page the word spread about Socks and May Yep just happened to be looking for a new companion.

A week before this, May had just put down Kahlua, her Rottweiler mix. She was grieving. May knew she wanted another dog but knew that she would have to make a special connection with her new companion. May searched many shelters for that special dog. She wanted a dog that was active and would go hiking with her. When she came to the Heaven Can Wait adoption center and told the dog coordinator what she was looking for, the coordinator said she knew the perfect dog! “She showed me a picture of him and I was sold!” May recalls of the day she first saw Socks.

Although May was sold, her partner Cheryl Ballow was hesitant at first. Cheryl wasn’t ready for another dog and thought Socks was a bit hard to handle with his boisterous and active demeanor. They decided to foster him for a few weeks. Cheryl really tried to work with him and with a little patience and training; she found that she too had fallen in love.

In late September it was made official, Socks had found his forever home. He now lives a lifestyle of socializing at the dog park almost every day and frequents Camp Bow Wow about three times a week. He loves to chase laser pointers and birds. And of course the occasional hike. Shortly after my interview with May and Cheryl, Socks went on a hike on a railroad trail in Boulder City.

“Whoever wants a dog should visit Heaven Can Wait,” says May. She says her next dog after Socks will also be adopted from HCWS and reminds people to always adopt a pet as opposed to buying one. This story makes it clear that you can indeed find your soul-mate at a shelter, just like May and Cheryl did.

Find your new best friend on the Heaven Can Wait website. Go to www.hcws.org and click on the “Adoptions” tab. There you can browse all of Heaven Can Wait’s cats and dogs that are looking for homes. In addition, HCWS holds cat adoptions at the PetSmart at 7050 Arroyo Crossing Pkwy off S. Rainbow Blvd and the 215 Beltway Thursday through Sunday. Dog adoptions are at Bogart’s Bone Appetit on Ft. Apache and Tropicana every Saturday. All of Heaven Can Wait’s dogs have gone through our Pups on Parole program where they learn basic commands and are housebroken. All cats and dogs are spayed or neutered and vaccinated.

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