POW! The 'Perfect' Pet For You Just Might Be Sweet-Natured And Gentle Robin

POW! The ‘Perfect’ Pet For You Just Might Be Sweet-Natured And Gentle Robin

Dog doesn’t judge, dog doesn’t dislike. Dog loves. That’s not so bad.
Bruce Cameron, author

  • KCAC’s Adorable, Adoptable Pet of the Week is written by Tecla Metzel of Kane County Animal Control. Additional photos by Lorena Page Photography.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to the coronavirus situation, Kane County Animal Control is not encouraging visits to the shelter at this time. And by the time of this post, there is a chance that offices will be closed. That said, keep Robin in your thoughts — and as a possible addition to your home. He’ll be here when the pandemic has passed.


We all strive for it in most things we do, but because humans are flawed in so many ways, we very rarely achieve it. And yet, many owners expect their furry family members to be perfect, without giving them the guiding hand they may need.


Occasionally, “not perfect” is the underlying reason a dog or cat is surrendered to a shelter.

Some of the pets surrendered to Kane County Animal Control have never had the benefits of training or socialization. They haven’t been neutered or spayed or taken to a veterinarian for a health checkup and vaccinations.

In other words, the pet was set up to fail the minute it became a member of the family.

What’s amazing is that many of those pets that didn’t get any of those advantages — no toys, no playtime, no walks — are wonderful animals that would be great additions to someone’s home.

But it takes work, time and dedication on the part of each member of the new family. And it’s a commitment that lasts the entire lifetime of the animal. If those aspects are in play, then most dogs will begin to know their boundaries as well as their place within the family unit and the “perfect” dog will begin to emerge.

Such is the case for Robin, KCAC’s 2-year-old tricolor German Shepherd-mix, owner-surrendered due to not enough time and too many animals in the home.

At 62-pounds, Robin is a sweet-natured and gentle young man, with a wiggly butt and a tongue ready to slurp and kiss on you at a moment’s notice, Robin has missed a lot of the socialization that he needs when it comes to other dogs, and he gets agitated and overexcited sometimes.

But the truth is, Robin gets along very well with dogs that are calm and centered.

In order to become as “perfect” as he can be, Robin will need as much exposure to other dogs as possible, and he would really benefit from training class sessions, which will help with his high energy level and give him time to focus.

Robin looks forward to long walks with his new owners where he can burn off some of his energy as he strives to become the perfect family companion.

KCAC Update

Congratulations to Truffle, the Picasso-like painted-faced Torti kitten that won all of the KCAC staff’s hearts. Truffle’s new family couldn’t wait to take her home and she couldn’t wait to start her life exploring her new abode.Truffle had no qualms about expressing her satisfaction with the entire adoption all the way out the door. We’re so happy for you, Truffle!

How to Adopt

All Kane County Animal Control adoptable cats and dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on all vaccines, including rabies. They are tested for feline leukemia/FIV and heartworm.

The adoption fee is $200 for dogs and $100 for cats. Adoption of two dogs is $300, and adoption of two cats is $150. The adoption fee for cockatiels is $25.

For more information regarding Kane County Animal Control’s adoptable animals and for an adoption application, please visit www.kanecountypets.org.

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About Kane County Animal Control

It is the duty of the Animal Control Department to:

  • Ensure that all domesticated dogs and cats over 4 months of age are vaccinated against rabies and have a Kane County rabies tag.
  • Ensure that all reported animal bites are given precautionary attention in relation to the possibility rabies infection.
  • Ensure that pet owners are instructed on proper procedures pertaining to animal bites and enforce adherence to these procedures.
  • Contain loose\stray dogs in unincorporated Kane County and those towns and villages with whom contracted.
  • Investigate nuisance dog complaints in unincorporated Kane County and those towns and villages with whom contracted.

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