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L.A. Story: The Happy Tail Of Shilo

by ANC Staff and

The Quinns of Culver City, CA, were planning to get a dog, but adopting a new family member would have to wait until they returned from their scheduled vacation.

That didnít stop them from dreaming over, the largest searchable database of homeless pets on the Web, and contacting one of its members, 'Connect A Pet Rescue' in Los Angeles, to get pre-approved for adoption (Connect A Petís pet list can be viewed at

"I figured in the meantime," says Mom Cathie, "since vacation was a full month away, I could volunteer at the doggie adoption held by Connect A Pet on the weekends and that would give me my 'doggie fix'."

She and her daughter drove to the event with Cathie reiterating that they were not adopting a dog until after vacation.

"You cannot fall in love with every dog you see," she warned.

When they got to the event, they were assigned Shilo, a white shepherd mix. Within an hour, Cathie had fallen in love.

She called her husband, who couldnít resist reminding her they werenít getting a dog until after vacation.

But Cathie told him to come down and just look at Shilo.

Suffice it to say, the Quinns found someone to keep their new pet while they were gone. "It was a small price to pay for the wonderful new family member we now have," Cathie says.

Since then, the Quinns have adopted a second dog, Lucky, to keep Shilo company. facilitated over a million adoptions last year alone. The Web site is free, thanks to its sponsors. In 1998, The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) partnered with the site to provide shelter outreach and an extensive library of pet-related materials. has also allied with PetHealth, Inc., to provide a gift of two months of ShelterCare Pet Insurance, paid for by, to every dog or cat adopted from a member in approved states and provinces. The program is the first of its kind for shelter pets.

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