Rinehardt Law - October 2019

WHERE SHOULD I GET A DOG? 3 Reasons to Adopt From Your Local Shelter

SHOWING UP FOR THE HUMANE SOCIETY John and Remi Head to Strut Your Mutt

Strut Your Mutt is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the Humane Society of Richland County, and it took place for the 17th year in a row at the Richland County Fairgrounds this August. People and their furry friends from all breeds and all walks of life came together that day at the fairgrounds —where they took part in a costume contest, dog trick contest, and several raffles — all in an effort to raise awareness about what the Humane Society does to find homes for the pets in their care. As a member of the Humane Society’s Board of Directors, our attorney John went to support the cause and have some fun with his best furry friend and our resident canine, Remi. The efforts of the Humane Society mean a lot to John. “It’s important work. There isn’t another organization

So, you’ve decided to get a dog. Maybe you think your kids could use a new playmate, or maybe you and your spouse want someone to join you on morning walks. Whatever the reason, the next question is where to get them. Instead of paying exorbitant amounts of money to a breeder for a purebred puppy, why not check the local shelter or humane society? October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and, if you’re looking to get a dog, here are a few reasons to check the shelters first. It’s Cheaper to Adopt Adoption prices include the upfront expenses, such as spaying, neutering, and vaccinations, that you wouldn’t get from a breeder or pet store. Some shelters even include the cost of microchipping in their fee. If you adopt from a shelter, you’re ensured a healthy, happy dog. With some shelter dogs, you may also save on housebreaking and training costs. Lots of Choices Is there a specific breed you’re looking for? Chances are you will find it at the shelter. Shelter dogs come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. Some organizations rescue specific breeds, and with a little research, you may find one near you. Even if you don’t find the breed you’re looking for, you may find an indispensable companion in a breed you weren’t looking for — and you never would have found them if you didn’t check the shelters. Great for Your Kids Having a dog can be great for your kids, and getting it from a shelter can be even better for them. Dogs encourage kids to play outside and be more active, and kids gain a friend who loves them unconditionally. Plus, if you adopt, the act of giving an unwanted animal a new home can teach your kids empathy. If you still haven’t checked your local shelter for the newest member of your family, what are you waiting for? Find a furry friend you and your kids will love today!

[besides the Humane Society] that looks out for the care and welfare of neglected animals,” John says. “The Humane Society takes animals that have been neglected, abused, or surrendered EMPLOYEE S

Meet Remi!

As our resident canine, Remi may just be the most popular team member at Rinehardt Law. At 12 years old, he may not be as spry as he once was, but you can bet he still greets his humans just as enthusiastically as he did in his youth. Remi loved to hike with Hillary and John when he was a pup. Mostly, he wanted to go everywhere his humans did. He once jumped into a pond to follow them before remembering he couldn’t swim (don’t worry; his humans came to his rescue). These days, arthritis limits him to shorter walks, but that doesn’t mean he’ll let you take the lead. He likes to be the leader, and he’ll show you the way.

Why Hillary and John won’t let him be more involved with cases is still

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