Shelter holding 3-day adoption event

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published July 17, 2014

 Mr. Wiggles is a 7-month-old pit bull terrier waiting to be adopted from the Almost Home Shelter in Southfield. Mr. Wiggles is good with both cats and other dogs.

Mr. Wiggles is a 7-month-old pit bull terrier waiting to be adopted from the Almost Home Shelter in Southfield. Mr. Wiggles is good with both cats and other dogs.

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SOUTHFIELD — “Hi, I’m Mr. Wiggles, but my friends call me Wigglesworth!” reads an online profile of a pit bull terrier up for adoption at the Almost Home Shelter in Southfield.

“My name is very fitting, as I am the happiest, wiggliest puppy you will ever meet!”

Mr. Wiggles is one of roughly 70 dogs and cats who live at Almost Home who are looking for a permanent place to live.

To help the animals at Almost Home, the shelter is holding an Adopt-A-Thon 10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 18-20 on the shelter’s grounds at 25503 Ciara Lane.

Almost Home is a no-kill, nonprofit organization dedicated to finding and rescuing animals that are in need of a home. Almost Home also acts as Southfield’s dog pound.

“We never kill an animal. Ever,” said Christopher Henry, executive manager of Almost Home.

The event will take place outside, where attendees can have one-on-one meet and greets with the cats and dogs looking to be adopted.

There will also be various specials and sales going on throughout the weekend, ranging from early-bird specials to military discounts.

“We have a lot of really cool dogs and cats right now. You can go to our website and see them all,” Henry said.

To adopt a pet from Almost Home, people fill out an application. Henry said adoption counselors look over the applications to make sure the adoptive owners are a good fit for their pet.

Kevin Theisen is a volunteer at Almost Home and adoptive pet owner of four dogs, three of which have come from Almost Home. The other dog was a stray.

“My wife did a lot of research, and the main thing was they were a 100 percent no-kill shelter,” Theisen said.

Although Theisen is an advocate for adopting and rescuing dogs, he urges people to think hard about adopting before doing so.

“Make absolutely sure it’s what you want. They’re not playthings. They’re not toys. They’re real,” Theisen said.

Profiles of all the animals looking to be adopted can be found on the shelter’s website, almosthomeani mals.org.
“If you’re really sure it’s what you want, go to the website and meet all the animals and read all the bios,” Theisen said.

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