Rufus and Delilah Dog Walking is featuring Cassie (A1580139) as the Los Angeles dog adoption of the week. Cassie entered the East Valley Animal Shelter on August 27th, after she was picked up while wandering the streets. With no tags, no microchip, filth covering her body and fear showing in her golden-colored eyes, it would appear that this petite Pit-bull has existed on the streets her entire life, which is estimated to be just one year.
For the first several days in the shelter, Cassie hid in her kennel cubby, trying to remain invisible and shaking in fear when anyone approached. Appearing to have never been properly socialized, the chance of anyone wanting to adopt Cassie would be slim to none. Dogs considered to be not adoptable may be the first to be euthanized if and/or when the shelter becomes overcrowded with pets that are surrendered by their family and from strays, and kennels are needed to house them. In fact, Cassie is already redlisted, meaning she could be one of the first dogs to be put down simply for space.
Until September 5th, Cassie hid in her kennel cubby, trying to remain invisible and shaking in fear when anyone approached. Knowing that socialized dogs may be the first to be euthanized when kennel space is needed, volunteer, Sherry has been determined to work on Cassie. She was finally able to coax her out of the kennel. Sherry has been patiently helping Cassie to gain her trust and to know that she does not have to fear life.
Volunteer Sherry cannot explain why she has been drawn to Cassie, but it has become her latest mission to gain Cassie’s trust and to help her overcome her fears. Sherry’s efforts seem to be working. After entering Cassie’s kennel several times a day and kneeling quietly in a corner, Cassie began to approach and accept the treats that were offered. When she allowed the leash to be put on, and with little coaxing, Cassie walked out of the kennel, and she has strolled to the social yard on several occasions. She flinches less when gently touched, and you may even find her sitting at the front of the kennel. She is smart and she has a willingness to learn. Cassie is most definitely a work in progress.
Most shelter volunteers will agree that the majority of dogs in the shelter through no fault of their own have the potential to be loving and loyal companions in a new situation. Cassie is no exception. The ideal person/family for Cassie is someone who has experience working with shy dogs or, at the very least, is patient, loving, and will be committed to continuing to expose Cassie’s inner beauty. A much-needed bath that, hopefully, will be undertaken in the very near future will highlight her outer beauty.
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 Cassie 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 Cassie by name or by her shelter number A1580139. 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.
Time is of the essence! It would be devastating for this young dog to lose her life before she has begun to live it. Do you have a place in your heart and home for Cassie (A1580139)? Even if you are not looking to adopt or if Cassie isn’t the right fit you, please do not keep quiet about her. Imagine all the love she will give once she feels secure in a home a with a person or family who will be loyal to her. Please help Cassie leave the East Valley Animal Shelter for a FuRRRRever home by sharing her story on social media sites like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.
Will you do your part by spreading the word about Cassie to help her find her FuRRRRever home so she can have the life she deserves?