Most of us have heard from friends, neighbors or co-workers about "problem" pets, the dogs or cats with behavioral or other issues that some owners either didn't know how to deal with or just didn't want to.
In truth, many of these pets simply aren't shown patience and given the proper care, time and training. As a result some end up in shelters, on the streets or being shuttled off to a stranger via Craiglist or online ads.
But what about the well-behaved pets? The good dogs? The sweet cats? Can they end up homeless too?
Yes, they can.
It can be because of an owner's life circumstances, finances, carelessness or neglect, but even the best behaved pets can end up in dire circumstances.
Petey is good example.
Petey (named after the Little Rascals' famous canine sidekick) is a solid, sweet, very laid back 2-year-old dog rescued by LifeLine Animal Project.
Likely a mix of boxer and American bulldog, with perhaps a touch of another "bully breed" in there somewhere, Petey is a dog who is happy with attention and human companionship. He's good on a leash. He's good with people. He's house trained.
Petey is well-behaved, lovable, beautiful and looking for a new home.
"He's a big, wiggly, super good dog," says Gene Stamey, LifeLine'sDog House manager, "he loves people and so far hasn't reacted in any negative way to other dogs."
Petey was living on the streets and roaming an apartment complex in DeKalb county before he was rescued.
He didn't do well on the streets and may have been grazed by a car or otherwise injured along the way because he has developed an almost imperceptible limp that LifeLine's medical and Dog House staff is working on. He is otherwise healthy and has had all his vaccinations.
The leg problem slows him down a bit, but doesn't dampen his enthusiasm for life and for people.
If you'd like to meet Pete, adopt him or foster this happy dog in your home, please contact adoptions@LifeLineAnimal.org.
Military vets always adopt for free through LifeLine's Pets Helping Vets program and in June, adoption fees are waived for teachers and school administrators as part of LifeLine's Creatures For Teachers promotion.