When Oscar arrived at the refuge, he was skin and bones and covered in fleas and ticks. He had been seen straying in a field and it took weeks to trap him. We were shocked that he was identified but persuaded the owner to sign him over to us so we could give him immediate care and find him a home where he would be really appreciated.
We knew that this would take time as this poor boy was in as bad a state psychologically as he was physical. He was very timid and had no trust whatsoever in human beings, and why should he? Up until now, they have certainly let him down.
The ScPA is excellent at bringing on scared dogs and has worked hard with Oscar. Considering he only arrived in June he has com eon in leaps and bounds and yesterday he left with his forever family.
One of the things we always stress when someone adopts a scared dog is that they must know how to keep them safe until they settle. I can’t tell you how many dogs are lost in the first few days after adoption and its very hard to get them back as they don’t know the new owners or the area that they are in!
The other dog to leave this weekend was Hansel. Hansel arrived with his sister Gretl and it became very clear that this young boy had been left to his own devices. The owner certainly hadn’t bothered teaching him anything at all and large, boisterous young males are the hardest to find families for.s
But lucky Hansel caught one family’s eye and they are prepared to put the work in and without a doubt this good natured boy will make a great family dog,
Next to leave today was magnificent 7 year old Kalin. This lovely 7 year old arrived in September last year so its been quite a wait! Goodness knows why as hes a very easy, sociable boy!
Its not all good news though. Poor Falbala who was adopted a few days ago is back. The same old dog/cat problem. She tested fine with our cats but wasn’t ok with the families cats so now we are looking for a cat-free home for this lovely girl!