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Genghis’ picker upper

From Animal Sheltering magazine March/April 2016

Genghis, an 18-month-old Australian shepherd and St. Bernard mix, came to Prairie Paws Animal Adoption Center as a stray. He was very shy and fearful. After a few days of receiving food, attention and care, he warmed up to the staff and volunteers. He was a very sweet and friendly dog, and he quickly became a staff favorite. For some reason, however, he wasn’t getting very much attention from potential adopters. Family after family walked by him every day, and no one seemed to want to take him home. He patiently waited.  

Finally, an opportunity arose that would allow the shelter to gain widespread attention for Genghis. A local charity organization and pet store held a photo contest for animal shelters and rescues, asking them to enter photos depicting how Bounty paper towels are used in either work or play. The winner would receive a large donation of paper towels for their shelter.

Genghis became “Dog, the Bounty Hunter.” He was the perfect model for the photos. Alas, Prairie Paws didn’t win the contest, but Dog, the Bounty Hunter—aka Genghis—won much more than paper towels. A loving family saw his photos and immediately adopted him.

About the Author

Hannah Cook is the public information officer for the City of Grand Prairie, Texas.