The Johnsons Share Their Experience of Adopting a Shelter Dog
In a recent interview with Fox News Digital, NFL couple Chanen and Juwan Johnson opened up about their decision to adopt a shelter pet. The couple, known for their love of animals, urged fans to consider adoption over other means of acquiring pets.
A Surprise Adoption
Chanen Johnson shared their heartwarming story of adopting their chihuahua-terrier mix, Fitzgerald, from a shelter in Mississippi. She revealed that Juwan had surprised her with the idea and had already arranged for the adoption. Despite their other dog, a French bulldog named Hendrix, being much smaller than expected, adopting Fitzgerald turned out to be the “best thing they’ve ever done in their lives.”
Chanen Johnson said: “We adopted our pet back in 2020, and it was literally the best thing we’ve ever done in our lives. It was so funny because Juwan actually did it as a surprise for me. He was like, ‘Oh, actually, drive to Mississippi today and go grab me a dog,’ because he literally had purchased our dog, and I had to go pick it up. But it was the best thing ever. So much fun.”
The Sweet Hearts of Shelter Pets
Both Chanen and Juwan emphasized the kind and loving nature of shelter pets. They believe that people need to be aware of the wonderful qualities these animals possess. Juwan highlighted the issue of overcrowding in shelters and the need for more homes for these deserving pets.
Juwan Johnson said: “I feel like shelter pets are just — they have the sweetest hearts, and people just need to know that. I feel like people always have their feelings about jumping into that type of commitment. But our shelter dog’s way nicer than our other dogs.”
They also acknowledged the challenges faced by shelters, particularly overcrowding. They expressed their support for initiatives like the Shelter Bowl and encouraged others to adopt.
Chanen Johnson added: “I feel like also a lot of shelters are facing a lot of challenges right now. Especially with overcrowding and stuff. So, just helping out with that, also supporting the Shelter Bowl. Doing things like that. Encouraging adoption is huge.”
Supporting Shelter Bowl 2024
The Johnsons revealed that they are actively involved in supporting the Shelter Bowl initiative. Animal lovers who donate to Shelter Bowl 2024 will not only be aiding shelters but will also receive a “meal of science-led nutrition” for a shelter pet. The organization plans to donate millions of meals and match donations of up to $30,000. Boehringer Ingelheim has also pledged to donate a dose of NexGard Plus to a shelter.
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