Rufus and Delilah Dog Walking is featuring Otis (A1584414) as the Los Angeles dog adoption of the week. Otis is a tall, dark and handsome 4 year old Dutch Shepherd/Staffordshire mix. He was a dog of mystery when he first entered the East Valley Animal Shelter, keeping to himself and hiding out in the kennel cubby. Many dogs react that way when they are abandoned by their family. In Otis’ case, his family admitted not having had time for him; they had not socialized him with people or dogs; and they kept him outside 24/7.
One of the shelter volunteers, who takes special interest in the shy shelter dogs, saw a real potential in Otis. Stopping at his kennel a few times a day and speaking gently to him, Otis began to show signs that he might be okay venturing out of his kennel, and venture out he did. Now he relishes having a leash put on and exploring the social yards and the shelter lobby. He is becoming more sociable with people he first meets, he quickly learned “sit,” he is treat-motivated, and each day his charming personality is revealed.
Otis, however, is so eager to get out of his kennel that he may bark for attention, so people looking for a companion might pass him by. One thing that volunteers and shelter employees try to stress is not to judge a dog by how loud it may bark or how high it may jump in the kennel, because once out, they could be quite the opposite.
Otis is ready to begin a new chapter in his life. But this chapter must begin, and his life-story must end, with a person/family that understands the meanings of “commitment,” “patience,” and “responsibility.” This pertains to any and all pets that are brought into a home. Pets should be considered as part of the family, and no family member is left outdoors day and night, even if it’s a large dog or one that sheds.
Pit bulls and pit bull mixes often get a bad rap when they are usually the most wonderful and loyal dogs when in the right homes. I know this to be true from my experience as a pet parent to my own rescued American Staffordshire mix, Howie, as well as having provided dog walking and pet sitting visits for numerous sweet and loving pit bulls over the last 11 1/2 years. Check out these great articles by Christina Berry of The Lazy Pit Bull on Shattering Pit Bull Myths and Pit Bull Facts: Do You Know The Truth? to learn more about how loving and magnificent pit bulls are as a pet.
To meet Otis in person, the East Valley Animal Shelter is located at 14409 Vanowen Street, Van Nuys, 91405. The phone number is 888-4LAPET1 or 888-452-7381. Ask for Otis by name or by his shelter number A1584414. The East Valley Animal Shelter is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays, and they are closed on Mondays and Holidays.
Be prepared to be swooned by Otis when you look into his golden-color eyes. Please help Otis leave the East Valley Animal Shelter for a FuRRRRever home by sharing his story on social media sites like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.
Will you do your part by spreading the word about Otis to help him find him FuRRRRever home so he can have the life he deserves?