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Guest Column: Saving a pet from the pound

February 26, 2014

Editor’s note: The following column was written by 8-year-old Adam Leon. According to Adam’s father, Alan Leon, Adam’s goal is to raise awareness for pet adoptions at the Winnebago County Animal Shelter.

By Adam Leon

I have two dogs. One of my dogs is from the pound, and the other was my big brother’s birthday present because the owner didn’t have enough money to take care of the puppies, so she had to give them away.
My two dogs’ names are Perez and Shania. One of them is grouchy, and the other is playful.

I got Perez from the pound around my birthday. I like Perez better because he is playful. I think it is wrong that people don’t go to the pound often because pets are waiting to be adopted. You can also adopt cats there, too.
We first had to see if Shania would get along with Perez. They got along fine. Perez is part pit bull and part boxer. I think it is wrong that people think that pit bulls are bad, because I’m sure there are more pit bulls that are nice, just like Perez.

Perez is 2 and Shania is 11. I’m sure other dogs at the pound are nice, too — probably all of them. But I think the reason why people don’t adopt dogs often is because how they act. Some are really playful, and some are probably not so playful. Bulldogs are also playful. The reason why people sometimes think they are bad is because of their name.
I have never really heard Perez bark, but Shania can bark all right.

I also think people are scared of pit bulls because of the way they bark. I prefer a pit bull more than a golden retriever. You might disagree with me, but that’s my opinion.
If you are interested in adopting a pet, you can call the Winnebago County Animal Shelter at (815) 319-4100.

Adam Leon is a second-grader at Maria Montessori School. He is a huge dog lover. He loves to read scary books and dog books. He has two brothers.

From the Feb. 26-March 4, 2014 issue

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