I am REALLY excited about this week’s shelter pup because 1) he’s super cute; 2) he has so much personality and 3) he is currently being fostered by fellow blogger, Meaghan.   Writing these Shelter Pet posts for the last month has made me realize how AMAZING foster fur-parents are – these generous people help keep so many wonderful pets off death row. 


This week’s shelter dog is from the Baltimore Humane Society in Maryland. The BHS is a nonprofit organization that strives to provide a temporary home, a safe refuge, and care for stray, unwanted and homeless animals.   If you are interested in adopting Carl, please contact Meaghan at meaghan.mcdermott@gmail.com or the Baltimore Humane Society. Carl can be adopted to people living outside of Maryland.

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Carl says, “Hi HTPers! Carl here. I am a white and brindle, 1.5-year-old pit bull terrier mix. I weigh about 45 pounds. I had a rough start to life but you would never guess because I am so sweet and loving. My first owner abandoned me. Then, my second owner was arrested! So, I was sent to the county animal control shelter. After I arrived at county animal control, the Baltimore Humane Society (a non-kill shelter) heard how awesome I am and agreed to sponsor me. Unfortunately, the BHS shelter was full of other needy dogs and cats so I needed a foster family. After a few weeks, county animal control said I only had 24 hours to find a foster family or I was going to be euthanized. Rude!”

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“So, the BHS got in touch with Meaghan, a volunteer with another animal rescue, Walter Rescue, and she agreed to be my foster mom! I have been living with my new foster family, which includes two canine foster brothers, for over a month now. I just looove my foster mom and dad. At first, they said I couldn’t sleep in their bed every night, but after a few puppy stares I won them over. Now I sleep in between them every night, even under the covers! Humans rule. I am very protective of my foster mom and I follow her everywhere. She’s kind of mean and won’t let me into the bathroom with her but I don’t hold that against her. I lay right outside the door standing guard while she showers. I also love meeting new people and am happy to play and snuggle with my foster parents’ friends when they come by.”


“I also get along really well with other dogs. I love to roughhouse with my foster brothers! I think cats are awesome too….for chasing. My foster mom doesn’t think I should go to a home with cats.”

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“I’ve heard you HTPers are really active. I’d be an awesome training partner for a long distance race. My foster mom and her friend took me on a 7 mile run the other night and I wasn’t even tired afterwards! Those slowpokes could barely keep up with me. I’ve also been on lots of hikes in the state park. Pit bull  mixes like me are high energy so I need to go to a home where I can go for lots of runs and walks or where I will have access to a fenced backyard.”

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“I’m all ready to find my forever home! I’ve got my microchip and I’ve been neutered and vaccinated. I am housebroken and my foster family is working on crate training me. Because I’ve been abandoned so much, I do have some separation anxiety when my foster parents leave the house, but I am doing well in my crate during the day. I also had never been on a leash before I came to my foster family, so I am still working on my leash manners. My foster mom says I am very, very, very eager to please and I just need a patient, loving person to teach me. I also really like the kids in my neighborhood, mostly because they let me lick them as much as I want! But, because of my high energy, I should probably go to a home with older kids.”


Carl would LOVE to be your forever pet!


PS – Some readers have asked that I feature smaller dogs on these posts – I will!  I just have a backlog of dogs and cats already lined up, and I asked the shelters or foster parents write about their most ‘in-need’ dog, which very often is an larger or older dog, as they are more difficult to place.  Even more pups are coming, though – stay tuned!



  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 29, 2011, 9:37 am

    So cute! Sounds like Carl has had a series of unfortunate owners in the past, but I’m glad he’s got Meaghan as a foster mom for the time being. Hopefully someone in Maryland is willing to adopt him! 🙂

  • Bethany November 29, 2011, 9:41 am

    Foster parents are the best! When you adopt a pet from a foster parent, you actually save 3 pets: the one you adopt, you open up a space in the foster parent’s home to pull another shelter pet, AND a cage opens up at the shelter (and space in an open-door facility, responsible for animal control is often the limiting factor that gives them no choice but to euthanize).

    If you aren’t ready to commit to an animal, or unsure if your lifestyle can accomodate a furry friend, please consider fostering…. you are doing a huge service for the community!

    • Hayley @ Oat Couture November 29, 2011, 9:49 am

      I never thought of it like that but that is so true!! 🙂

    • Kelly November 29, 2011, 9:52 am

      @Bethany: What a wonderful way to look at it.

    • Caitlin November 29, 2011, 6:57 pm

      @Bethany: Yay Bethany. You are awesome, obviously.

  • Chelsea November 29, 2011, 9:46 am

    He is just too cute! I hope you guys find him a home soon <3

  • Hayley @ Oat Couture November 29, 2011, 9:48 am

    Ohh what a cutie, I would love to give him a home!! I love pit bull’s! Such a misunderstood breed! Really hope he finds a forever home soon! Think it’s fab that your doing all of this to help, loads of good karma coming your way! 🙂

  • Kelly November 29, 2011, 9:51 am

    I think it’s awesome you are doing this, Caitlin, but I can’t help but feel a little sad when you post these! Not to mention, it gets me riled up. The reality of how many of these are out there is just too much to contemplate. I wish people were more responsible, and kind and loving. I hope Carl finds a good, loving home. If I didn’t already have a houseful, I’d be getting in on one of these shelter pets.

    • Caitlin November 29, 2011, 6:57 pm

      @Kelly: I also wish people were more responsible and would STOP BREEDING DOGSSSSSSSSSSS!

  • Lee November 29, 2011, 9:58 am

    While I can’t adopt Carl, I love that you are doing this. I hope he, and the other shelter pets, find a home soon. My dog Murphy was a rescue and I can’t imagine living without him.

  • Cait @ beyond bananas November 29, 2011, 9:58 am

    We are rescuing a pup!! Picking him up this weekend! He is a one year old Yorkie Scnhauzer mix.. super cute! Can’t wait to get him!

  • Reenie November 29, 2011, 9:59 am

    OMG…..he is so cute! I sure hope he finds a forever home.

  • Corrie Anne November 29, 2011, 10:01 am

    I love that you do this!! Carl looks gorgeous. We have one dog my husband, but I really want another…

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life November 29, 2011, 10:12 am

    So adorable, I hope this puppy finds a forever home soon!

  • Meaghan@ChooseYourJourney November 29, 2011, 10:38 am

    Thanks again for posting Carl, Caitlin! I really appreciate it. He is sitting in my lap right now while I’m trying to work. 😉

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 29, 2011, 10:47 am

    He’s so cute! If i lived near Maryland or didn’t have cats I would be SO interested! As it is, I would LOVE to be a foster parent for an animal… I had no idea you could do that!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 29, 2011, 10:59 am

    Cute!! I sure hope someone can take the dog in 🙂

  • Moni'sMeals November 29, 2011, 11:22 am

    I love him. I hope for the best! 🙂

  • Jennifer Cook November 29, 2011, 11:28 am

    Adorable! I am sure he will find a forever home quickly!

    Can you update us on the other shelter pets you have featured? Anyone been adopted yet?

    • Jennifer Cook November 29, 2011, 11:42 am

      @Jennifer Cook: Just went back and watched the video! Now I want him! So adorable!

    • Caitlin November 29, 2011, 6:56 pm

      @Jennifer Cook: I’ll try to do an update next week!

  • Joy November 29, 2011, 11:35 am

    Hey Caitlin,
    Hubs, dobby and I are actively looking for a small older dog (dobby needs a sibling but thanks to how bad his Lyme was his hips have issues so he needs little and calm) if you hear of any in the northeast I’m in! Thanks for such a great series!

    • Meaghan@ChooseYourJourney November 29, 2011, 1:43 pm


      Hey Joy- I get older dogs all the time. They’re usually in the MD/PA/NJ area, but most can be adopted to other states. (Not sure where in the northeast you are.) Shoot me an email if you want me to send their postings along.

  • Stacey @ Here's to Life November 29, 2011, 11:37 am

    What a cutie! Looks like a happy pup! I’ll pass the word on!

  • Amanda November 29, 2011, 11:51 am

    He is such a cutie.

    I’m actually looking to adopt another dog (I have a puggle) and plan on visiting my local animal shelter later today! If you happen to hear of any dogs in/around MA, I’d definitely be interested. 🙂

  • Amanda November 29, 2011, 12:08 pm

    Carl is so cute!! I hope he finds a home soon 🙂

  • Candice @ Sailing on Paper November 29, 2011, 12:30 pm

    What a sweetheart! You can tell by his video that he is so loving and affectionate. I really hope someone picks him up–he’d make a great pet.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 29, 2011, 12:37 pm

    Too cute!!! Ahh I wish I could have a dog, I need a running buddy too!

  • Kimberly November 29, 2011, 1:36 pm

    Caitlin, I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you doing this series. I’ve just recently become aware of how many abandoned and homeless animals there are in our country. I rescued a pit mix earlier this year and he is such a sweetheart. I also enjoy reading about experiences as a foster home and may consider becoming a doggie foster parent soon!

    • Caitlin November 29, 2011, 6:55 pm

      @Kimberly: Thank you for the kind words! And thanks for adopting a pup!

  • Emily November 29, 2011, 1:38 pm

    My husband and I are always sad when we see stuff like this. We two dogs, but we adopted neither of them because his allergies are so bad! We gotta go with your fancy mixed breeds that are close to hypoallergenic.

  • Laura I. November 29, 2011, 6:20 pm

    What a sweetheart! That movie is a great idea for adoptable dogs!

  • Lindsey November 29, 2011, 7:16 pm

    I LOVE that you’re featuring pit bill mixes, since a mostly undeserved bad rap has been keeping people from adopting these dogs and thus overcrowding the shelters! Adopting a pet isn’t going into a store to hand select a small dog of your choice, it’s opening your heart and your home to a lovable fur buddy in need. And if I didnt already have a rescue of my own I’d scoop up Carl in a heartbeat. JUST LOOK AT THAT HANDSOME SMILE! 🙂

  • Kristina November 29, 2011, 9:42 pm

    Caitlin, wish I could give you a high-five in person not only for helping shelter dogs, but also for featuring awesome pitties! 🙂 I live in Ohio, the worst state in the country for pits and pit mixes. We have statewide BSL, which means that all pits are considered “vicious” simply because of their breed. It’s awful. However, I have spent the past five years working for one of the few shelters in the state that adopts out and advocates for these amazing wigglebutts. LOVE THEM! I am also a huge Greyhound advocate, and I foster Greys for another rescue in NE Ohio. Here’s Windsor, my current foster boy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/exena/6242607778/in/photostream

    Thanks again for showcasing dogs in need!

  • ellie November 30, 2011, 7:54 am

    I agree with all of the comments, Carl is so sweet! I already have one pittie and two cats in a 2 bedroom house, so another fur baby isn’t going to happen. But man, is he cute! And it is so true that pits are misunderstood. They are the sweetest, most loving babies! While they are high energy when they are young, a good obedience class makes a world of difference for them. Our girl is 7 and she is much more calm then she was even 2 years ago. But she still has lots of spunk in her when she wants to. Such a fun post. I hope Carl finds a forever home!!!!

  • Natalie @fitjamericangirl November 30, 2011, 10:34 am

    He is so sweet. I live in Maryland and I want him. But I have two cat babies that would NOT appreciate me bringing this handsome one into the mix 🙁 I hope he finds a home soon. I’ll pass this along to see if anyone around here can take him.

  • Julia @ Do more, feel Good November 30, 2011, 1:28 pm

    I think it’s awesome that you’re doing this! I wish I was able to adopt one and help out! I love pit bulls.

  • Lauren November 30, 2011, 1:41 pm

    Aww what a cute boy! I love pit bulls/mixes, and can attest to the fact they make amazing, loyal, and very sweet pets. (I had a pit for several years, and loved him dearly). Thanks for featuring this adorable pup!

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