By Greg Kincaid
In this heartwarming novel, writer Greg Kincaid tells the delicate tale of ways one very specified puppy replaced the lives of his adoptive family—and a whole town—forever.
“Todd, they constantly wish you to undertake a puppy. That’s what they do. in addition to, we don’t want one other animal round right here, and almost definitely now not a dog.”
When Todd McCray, a developmentally challenged younger guy nonetheless residing on his parents’ Kansas farm, hears neighborhood animal preserve is looking for transitority houses for its canine through the days resulting in Christmas, he understands precisely what he wishes for the vacations. His father items, yet Todd’s patience speedy wins out. quickly the McCrays are the temporary foster family members for a cute pooch the younger guy names Christmas.
But what approximately the entire different canine who may be compelled to spend the yule season in cages? within the days that persist with, Todd makes use of his distinctive presents of persuasion to motivate his place of origin to take part within the “Adopt a puppy for Christmas Program.” What follows from his small act of kindness will train his kinfolk, and his neighborhood, approximately peace on the earth and sturdy will towards men—and animals.
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Extra resources for A Dog Named Christmas
If you have a specific pet in mind that you think you may want to adopt, be sure to ask questions about that pet. Parts II through VI address different types of pets and can guide you in the kinds of questions to ask about a particular type of pet. Some general questions to ask about the shelter process include: ߜ Do you have the pets spayed or neutered, or do you require that adopters spay or neuter the pets? If so, do you offer a voucher to have the procedure done locally at a discount? ߜ Do you embed microchip identification in the animals?
All shelters try their best to adopt out the animals that will make good pets; however, many animals suffer from abuse or abandonment, become lost, or are allowed to stray and may no longer be adoptable. At least animal shelters take them in and ease or eliminate their suffering. A shelter is a great place to adopt a pet, and I almost always recommend people look at the shelter first before choosing or buying a pet from another source. But adopting an animal companion from a shelter isn’t for everyone, and you definitely need to consider the pros and cons that follow before you decide whether a shelter is the right place for you to adopt your pet.
What are your adoption fees? Are there other costs involved? ߜ Do you have other requirements that I must meet before I can adopt a pet? If you receive agreeable answers to these questions, ask the shelter for a list of everything you need and everything you’re required to do, before you come back to adopt the animal. Most shelters require a certain amount of paperwork (see later section about “Sealing the Deal”), and they may require you to agree to do certain things after you take possession of the animal, such as having the animal spayed or neutered.