Family shares the joys of adopting a shelter dog

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Shelters in the Miami Valley have hundreds of pets waiting to find a new home.

Often, fear can stop people from making the decision to adopt. After all, bringing a new pet into the family is a big deal.

Two months ago, Liz Olivier and her family welcomed Poppy into their home.

“She’s a very sweet dog. Just everything about her is very gentle and sweet,” she says.

After spotting her at SICSA, Liz says there was something special about her. The bond and routine they formed was immediate.

“Usually in our day we like to go for a long walk and at some point, even if it’s just to the post office or whatever, I’ll say ‘do you want to go for an R-I-D-E?’, and that’s when I can see the look on her face, she gets a big smile and she’s like, ready to go,” she said.

Liz, also a volunteer at SICSA, says she’s seen firsthand– every shelter dog has a different background.

Poppy is no different.

“So she is a more timid dog,” Liz said. “I think she’s very cautious around strangers, not just people but other dogs as well.”

The Olivier’s won’t ever know what Poppy’s life was like before they met her, but they can make sure she’s loved.

“She is part of our family, so we are spending lots of time with her,” said Liz, echoing something everyone who has adopted a dog knows. “That’s just part of it. You learn to work with the dog where they’re at, and she brings us so much joy and we have so much fun with her and she makes us laugh every day, that if she’s a little shy, that’s okay, we work with it.”

You can help us clear the shelters on Saturday, August 18.

SICSA and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton are offering discounted adoptions that Saturday.

For more information about the pet adoption campaign, visit You can also follow the effort on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtag #ClearTheShelters.

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