Pepper’s Journey

Breed, size, and age are all factors potential dog owners need to consider when thinking about getting a dog. Another major factor is where to get the pet, buying a dog from a pet store or breeder, or adopting a pet from a local shelter. Staff at the Naperville Area Humane Society find loving homes for hundreds of pets each year.

Pepper was nine years old when he found himself at the Naperville Are Humane Society. After three months, the Bruce family came in and decided to adopt him.

“We decided on Pepper and we fell in love with him at first sight,” said Colleen Bruce, Pepper’s owner.

The Bruces were looking for an older dog, one that was already trained and was cheerful with humans and other animals.

“He’s just a very lovable dog,” said Robert Bruce, pepper’s owner. “He’s very sweet and loves affection.”

“He loves going on walks, interacting with the children, loves going for the car rides, it’s just been a joy having him,” said Colleen.

Pepper has a condition called luxating patella, which means his kneecaps don’t stay in the right spot. He’s had a couple of surgeries since he’s been with the Bruces, something the staff at the Humane Society pays for.

“Their ability to cover the cost of a surgery like that, to spend a couple thousand dollars on a 9-year-old dog just shows their commitment to animals and pets in general,” said Robert.

Now Pepper can run and play outside much better than he could before. He’s been with the Bruces for more than a year now, and the family is happy with their decision to adopt from the Naperville Area Humane Society.
“I definitely believe people should adopt pets as a first choice instead of going to the pet shops,” said Colleen. “There’s definitely a lot of dogs out there who need good homes.”

Staff at the Naperville Area Humane Society have been finding pets homes for more than 30 years. More than 20,000 pets have gone through the shelter.

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