A New AAM Mascot in NYC...
Posted by admin on 07/01/2009
Now, this doesn't strictly have to do with manufacturng and trade policy, but we wanted to share with our readers some fun news. AAM Media Director Steven Capozzola has adopted a dog named Maddie. Steven reports the following:
My girlfriend and I moved to New York City recently, and we knew we wanted a dog. This past Saturday we went to a shelter on 110th Street in New York City. It's very heavy going to one of these shelters-- no budget, not the cleanest conditions, a shortage of volunteers, a lot of sad dogs in cages who weakly wag their tails as you walk by. We looked all through the shelter-- which happens to be a "Kill shelter" because dogs are put to sleep when the facility becomes too crowded. We walked a number of dogs, but didn't connect with any of them. The next day, we drove an hour into Brookyln to visit another public dog shelter--also a kill facility. There were two rooms of dogs. As I walked most of the way down the first aisle of the larger room, saying hello to each dog and letting them sniff my hand through their cage bars, I came upon a skinny little female mutt who jumped up and put her paws on the cage bars. She started wagging her tail wildly and looking at me intensely. Her tail was wagging and I said a big hello. She started licking my hand against the cage bars. Her name was "Royce" and she was shelter number A817065. Apparently, she'd been found in some park in Brooklyn. She was listed as a "brown stray, pit mix, 1 year," and had been brought into the shelter on June 25th, which meant she'd been in that cage for most of the past three days. I loved her right away and asked if we could take her for a walk. My girlfriend had found some other dogs, though, that she wanted to try, including "Oreo," whose posting we had seen online. So, we walked Oreo and Sally and another dog before taking Royce for a little walk in the parking lot. As soon as Royce got out of the cage, she started licking my face. Just a happy, friendly, sweet dog. We spent a lot of time with her, and I wanted to adopt her. To make a long story short, she was transferred to the 110th Street shelter the next day. We went to see her again, put in an application, and picked her up the following day. She is now our dog, renamed MADDIE. For the pictures above-- the first one is at the Brooklyn shelter, the second is at the Manhattan shelter, the third one is her at home with her new family. A sad note, though: as I was handing in my application for Maddie on Monday night, one of the staff workers mentioned to a co-worker that she was busy "typing up the euthanasia list." So, some of the dogs in that shelter didn't find a home. Also, apparently stray dogs have been on the rise of late, in part because more people are unemployed and can't feed their dogs. They simply leave them in parks or let them run away. Maybe that's how we got Maddie, but we're going to give her a good home.
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