Please Don’t Get Rid of Your Dog

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WEB EXCLUSIVE As the number of pups in shelters soars, Raleigh area rescue Perfectly Imperfect Pups is urging the public not to get rid of their dogs—and gives tips on how to help.

Urgent PSA to save the pups: You can go back to work and keep the dog you adopted. Tell everyone.

Fun fact: Pet adoption rates soared last year as people pivoted to working from home—and taking care of a new pup got that much easier. Not so fun fact: Now, as many people are starting to go back into the office, a plethora of “pandemic dogs” are being returned. 

“This, combined with normal summer shelter traffic, is causing a huge issue for the

shelters,” says Nicole Kincaid, founder and director of Perfectly Imperfect Pups, one of the local Raleigh-area rescues seeing the true tragedy right now, whose primary focus is on medical and special needs dogs or “PIP-abled” (hence perfectly imperfect). “Rescue’s want to help but cannot if they do not have foster homes open.”

And as the number of pups in shelters soars, PIPS is urging the public not to get rid of their dogs. 

With an MO of building a “community of like-minded, kick-ass dog rescue ninjas that strives to save the lives of at-risk dogs,” PIPs maintains that you can work and keep your dog, as most of your furry friends will sleep an average of 12 hours a day. 

“They love you but they do not need you with them all day,” says Kincaid. “A dog will be happier and better off being at your home alone for the day versus at the shelter.”

Additionally, dogs are like people—they get nervous in new situations and form special bonds with their owners. Returning a dog to a shelter after it’s spent time acclimating to a home may do more harm than good. After all, you’d get upset if someone in your family dropped you off in an unfamiliar situation too wouldn’t you? So while you might get a pair of sad puppy eyes as you head out the door for your 9-to-5, they’ll be much better off than they would be in the shelter. 

How to Save a Life: Fostering, Forever Homes and Post Sharing

If you don’t already have a pup and want to help, consider fostering a dog until it can be adopted into a forever home. To help you help the pups, PIPs will pay for medical expenses and supplies, support you on your foster journey, and promote the pups on social media to help them get adopted—all you have to do is provide the heart and home to help the pup transition to a forever home. 

“Fostering just one dog opens up the space at the shelter for the next dog coming in,” says Kincaid, “so you are actually saving two dogs’ lives!” Foster homes are needed for special and medical needs—but also for puppies, adult dogs and seniors that are not “PIP-abled.” 

If you are looking to adopt and prefer to ease your way in and see who needs adoption around town, Petfinder’s website and app is like for dogs (the app is our rec for user-friendliness and ease). Search however you like—by specific rescues or breeds, or even just dogs by radius. Filter sex, age, size, coat, color, behavior and more—and even view resources on finding the best dog for you and your family. 

And if you’re not able to foster or adopt a furry child, sharing posts from local rescues, donating or volunteering your time at an adoption shelter are all great ways to make an impact. 

Sounds like a paws-itively plausible way to lend a hand—er, paw—to all the little Fidos in the community. Learn more at

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