That moment her life changed, so did mine.
This is Sally and she was surrendered to NYC ACC because of a housing ban on May 15, 2014. She was rated “Rescue Only” due to fear, not aggression (no bite history, either) and was euthanized 5 days later.
The NYC shelter system puts animals on an “At-Risk List” at 6pm, and the animals have until 12 noon the next day for an adopter or Rescue to save them. 18 hours.
Not gonna lie, I cried in my car uncontrollably over this dog. It has been a journey of education since. I reserved Kinchi a little over 2 weeks after this. It led to shelter volunteering and changing my career to help dogs and their owners, that is how profound of an effect Sally had on me. An awakening of sorts.
Her solitary life likely made her fearful, perhaps lack of socialization, but that is speculation on my part. Today’s dogs often do not get the real “out in the world” experience, so unfortunately new places and people can be scary. We owe it to our dogs to not only positively socialize, but to safely introduce them to new experiences. Get them ready for the world - but most importantly - have a plan in place to be able to keep and care for them their ENTIRE life. We can do this, together. Seek a positive, force free trainer and get the tools ❤️ and, #pleaseadopt