|We were forced to close our intake in October, simply due to the sheer number of dogs needing help ... but then we saw this video:
You would have to have a heart made of stone to watch this and then turn away. We didn't ... can you?
Denver (who was named by the Rescue Coordinator at the shelter), was found as a stray and brought into the shelter on Halloween.
He was scared but allowed himself to be handled without any problems at all. Shelter staff thought he would do better by himself, so they didn't even give him a kennelmate to keep him company. So, he waited out his hold period alone, hoping that his family would find him. When his hold period was almost up, without even one inquiry, it was obvious that his family wasn't looking for him or at least hadn't looked hard enough to find him. Shy dogs don't stand a chance in a shelter; they're usually the first to be put down, simply because they don't show well to the public and don't get adopted, thus taking up much needed space in the facility.
UPDATE 11/7: Thanks to Joe, Denver was picked up at the shelter this afternoon and is safely tucked away at Crossroads. According to Joe, "Denver is already adjusting well. He is relaxed in the kennel, moving around and barking (silly boy). He ate his dinner too!"
UPDATE 11/17: Thanks to a little help from our friends, Chuck & Jon, at Husky Camp Rescue in California, Denver arrived safe and sound in Phoenix this afternoon. He is just a baby; barely a year old. He has a face that will melt your heart. We're going to give him some time to settle in, hopefully find a foster home for him and begin his long road to rehabilitation and a new life.
UPDATE 11/20: Denver saw the vet today for his initial weigh-in. At 57 pounds, this lanky youngster has about 10 pounds to gain before he'll be ready for neuter surgery.
UPDATE 11/21: Our thanks go out to the Diekelman family (two time prior adopters with Watson and Riley [aka Isa]), who signed up to give Denver a foster home for the holidays and to fatten him up for his neuter surgery.
Adoption fee to be determined.