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April 19, 2014

Maleah Stringer: Volunteers needed to spend time with shelter animals

Tess, a rottweiler, came to the Animal Protection League as a stray the first week of November 2013. Other than being lost, when she first came to us she was a happy dog who loved people, other dogs, and even cats.

At first when we put her in a kennel on the kennel floor she seemed confused. Living in a cage and all the noise was definitely something she was not used to. It only took a few days to see that Tess would not fare well in a shelter environment.

Within days Tess was throwing up every day and at the end of the first week had lost weight. We had many people come and look at her but there was always some reason they did not want her. As weeks turned into months Tess was not the happy dog she had been when she came to us. She tried to pick fights with the other dogs in kennels as she was taken outside. When approved adopters brought their dog to meet Tess to see if they were compatible, she greeted them with aggression and did not get to go home with that family.

It was a Catch-22: The longer Tess stayed in the shelter, the worse her behavior became, but no one could take her because of her behavior. So many people were trying to save Tess. We would talk to her before every meet and beg her to not screw it up. As badly as she wanted out she was beyond listening.

We thought we had hit the jackpot when a rescue agreed to take Tess. One of our volunteers drove Tess to the rescue, which was four hours away. The rescue for whatever reason decided to do a temperament test as soon as she was taken out of the SUV instead of giving her a couple of days to calm down. They did not want her so she came back to us.

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