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Yesterday I watched Jill Rappaport's segment on dog makeovers on the Today Show. Her mission, to go to the city pound and pick four lucky...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Apr 3rd 2009


Yesterday I watched Jill Rappaport’s segment on dog makeovers on the Today Show. Her mission, to go to the city pound and pick four lucky dogs to go to the groomer for a makeover in hopes of helping to get them adopted.

For the segment, I went to one of the busiest city pounds in the country, and roamed the halls, which for an animal lover is truly devastating. Many of these animals were trembling, emaciated and some were covered in feces. But as heartsick as I was, I knew I had a mission: To see some of these wonderful creatures step out of their horrible cages, accompany them to a groomer, see them get medical attention, and lastly, come on our show and hopefully find a lifelong home.

We picked four out of the thousands that are in this situation. They are all beautiful, loving dogs, all breeds, all ages. I wanted to take two older, bigger dogs because those are the hardest to get adopted. If I could, I would have taken them all, but that is where YOU come in. If you are thinking about getting a pet, PLEASE adopt. I think that the love you get back has the potential to change your life forever.

As a dog lover this was so hard to watch, when she was walking by the endless rows of cages it really hits you hard how many dogs are in desperate need of a home. Their eyes staring at you with hope and desperation, each one with a pleading look that they will be the chosen one. The one you give the gift of life. The one that gives you the gift of unconditional love.

Dear viewers: If you’re interested in finding information on how to adopt the dogs seen on TODAY, please visit the Animal Care & Control of New York City’s site at nycacc.org.

The dogs chosen were all beautiful, loving dogs that ended up at the pound through no fault of their own. When you adopt from a kill shelter you save a life, maybe your own.

* Photo courtesy allDAY TODAY’s Family Blog