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Adopt Don’t Shop – Dear Mishu’s Adoption Story #AdoptAShelterPetDay

Mishu when she was rescued in Guatemala and before she was adopted.

Is that E.T?  No, it’s me, Dear Mishu, skinny & dirty, when I was rescued in Guatemala by Animal Aware (, and before I got adopted. I’m sharing this very personal photo in honor of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. #AdoptDontShop #AdoptAShelterPetDay


The Inside Story

Dear Mishu’s adoption story is fairly well known by now. She was found at the gate of Animal Aware Guatemala when she was a puppy – scared, skinny, dirty and hungry. They took her in and cared for her, got her vaccinated and spayed, and a sister rescue group brought her to San Francisco, where we got to adopt her.

Looking at that photo of Mishu breaks our hearts — she was so skinny before we were able to adopt her that she didn’t even look like a dog, but some kind of E.T. like alien.

Which makes the work that groups like Animal Aware and other animal rescue groups and animal shelters do in helping pets find homes and people adopt them.

Adopt Don’t Shop

We can’t recommend Adopt Don’t Shop enough as the best option if you looking for a new furry friend. In addition to shelters, there are adoption rescue groups for almost every kind of dog breed you would want to adopt.

We’re so thankful every day for the work of groups like Animal Aware which brought us our sweet,spunky, fierce, smart and totally zen Dear Mishu.

By the way, if you want to combine travel with animal rescue, Animal Aware welcomes volunteers from all over the world to care for Guatemala’s street animals!

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