Here at Springbox, pups are part of our culture. Step foot into our office and you’ll be greeted by Ziggy, Emmylou, maybe Dakota. That’s why we’re all about promoting National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on April 30. And one employee, in particular, has made it his mission to save dogs that might otherwise go overlooked.
Meet Jason Kirtley, Senior UX/UI Designer:
Jason was born and raised in Kentucky. Last year, he decided to pack up his wife Beth and their six pups to take the journey down to Texas. It’s safe to say the life his dogs are living now looks a lot different than before they were adopted.
Eleven-year-old Keely was due to be euthanized the day Jason and his wife saved her. Ember, their long-haired chihuahua, was used as a breeding dog at a puppy mill. Griffin, a pitbull-mix, had been passed over for years. “Turns out, our pit bulls are the most submissive ones out of the entire bunch. They’re really all buddies,” said Jason Kirtley.
Posy was relinquished when her family found themselves with too many pets. Jason and Beth had just adopted Finley, a deaf purebred Catahoula, when they learned of Ever. A purebred Pit bull, Ever bounced around from home to home. Her first family left her in their backyard when they moved. Her second family gave her up when they learned she was deaf. But Jason and Beth weren’t fazed. They learned American Sign Language to better communicate with Finley and Ever, who both now know a handful of commands.
“Some people say we’re crazy; some people say we have a big heart. It’s probably a little of both,” said Jason.
National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is observed each year on April 30. This day was created as a way to raise awareness for thousands of pets that are waiting for (and needing) adoption from the shelters. Celebrate by sharing pictures of your adopted pet on social media using #AdoptAShelterPetDay.
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