Itâs not unusual for animals to find den-like enclosures to hide in when they are threatened or feel insecure. Such was the case back in August, when Millville Animal Control brought in a Staffordshire Terrier mix who was found hiding under the porch of an abandoned house. The animal control officer immediately could see that the dog was alone, afraid, extremely emaciated and very pregnant. Not only was she seeking safe shelter for herself, she also was preparing a den for her pups.
Once she arrived at the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter, the veterinarian determined she was due to deliver any day and that it was urgent that we try to get weight on her. An animal shelter is no place to give birth, especially for an at-risk pet, so Haley was moved into a foster home right away. Sure enough, a few days later, she gave birth to five adorable puppies. Thank goodness no owner came forward, because this poor girl deserves better than what she had endured and we are free to find a home where she will be loved and cared for.
Fast forward eight weeks âŚ. Haleyâs puppies will be heading to their new homes within a couple of days. As soon as her puppies were posted online for adoption, the applications came pouring in! Everyone wants an adorable puppy âŚ but what about Haley? It seems no one wants their mom. Not a single application has been submitted for the one most in need.
Haleyâs foster family has cared for multiple moms with puppies over the years and sees that this is a common theme. The last mom dog in their care took nearly a year to find a forever home. So many people rush in to adopt an adorable puppy, but little or no attention is paid to the moms left behind. Interesting enough, though, those mom dogs are rarely ever returned adoptions. However itâs not unusual to have a puppy returned after a year or so, most often because âthey are too muchâ once they grow up. Puppies are a blank slate; itâs up to the adopters to mold their behaviors, much like raising children. Adult dogs, on the other hand, are pretty much a case of âwhat you see is what you get.â Adopting an adult dog takes the guesswork out of the equation; you know their size and temperament right from the start.
At only 2 years old, Haley has endured a life that clearly hasnât been kind to her. Even the move to her foster home was traumatic, because she had hardly moved in and gotten to know her new caretakers when she delivered her pups. New moms are always frantic to protect their babies, and this poor girl was already confused enough having found herself in a whole new world in a matter of a few short days! It took her a few weeks to gain trust in her foster family, but once she did, she transformed into a fun and playful dog who canât seem to get enough love.
Haleyâs foster mom has been working with her since the beginning to help her learn what life is like when youâre a beloved pet â not a discarded dog that no one had loved or cared for. Haley weighs 42 pounds. Sheâs not the type of dog who needs to be the life of the party; she just wants to be someoneâs faithful companion. Hereâs hoping that special someone comes looking.
The South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter seeks donations of canned dog and cat food, dog chews, cat and dog toys, collars and leashes, paper towels, Dawn dish detergent, and gift cards from grocery and pet supply stores.
Haley (read about her in todayâs column) is a lovely 2-year-old mixed breed looking for a home that will help her know what it’s like to be a loved pet. Haley came to the shelter very emaciated and very pregnant. She clearly was not treated kindly, and is now learning that she is safe. Haley has come a long way in her foster home â she seeks attention and LOVES belly rubs. Haley is an amazing companion. She will need a home to help her continue to gain confidence. This pet is currently in a foster home, not at the shelter. If you are interested in adopting this pet, please complete an adoption questionnaire. Once your questionnaire is processed, the foster home will be in touch with you to discuss the personality of this pet as well as setting up a chance to meet with the pet in person.
Stuffins is a nice 14-year-old Shih Tzu. He is a senior pup with lots of life and lots of love to give.
Sheila is a super-sweet 1-year-old border collie mix. She is a happy, good-natured girl with years of love to give.
Hutch is a great pup. He is a handsome, 4-year-old beagle who loves people and is crazy about treats.
Cider is a very sweet, 2-year-old pit bull terrier. He loves attention and is eager to please. He needs a gentle hand to guide him and help him learn that people can be trusted. Cider is not suited to a home with cats.
Tupis is a large, handsome mixed breed who came to us as a stray. He was quiet and a bit frightened for the first few days, but is now happy to interact with staff. He wags his big tail and looks forward to some love and attention. He is a sweet boy who loves to get his neck and chest scratched. He is a big boy who is very calm for his size, but he needs some basic manners and some training. His body was pretty banged up when he came in, but he has not let whatever he endured affect his outlook on people. Tupis is an all-around great dog whose ideal home would be one where he gets regular walks, gets the positive attention he craves, and has structure.
Virginia Woof is a fun and friendly American Bully breed. She is low to the ground, and has a short and wide muzzle and the cutest face ever! Virginia Woof is a happy, outgoing girl.
Lionel is the sweetest boy you will ever meet. He is between 10 and 12 years old and full of love. This cat loves to be petted, gives head butts and just enjoys your company. He makes you feel special.
Lupita is a gorgeous and sweet senior cat who would love to be adored and spoiled. She loves attention but wonât smother you. This girl is wonderful. Nothinâ sweeta than Lupita.
Serafina is a sweet, 4-year-old, long-haired dilute torti. She is good with cats, dogs and kids.
Lucinda is a cat who loves attention. If you do not pet her enough, she will pet YOU until you pet her. Sheâs little shy and will hide at first, but will adjust and become your best friend.
Mr. Tinkles is a 2-month-old tuxedo kitten. He is very playful and loves to get his head scratched. He would fit into almost any household and would love to be a member of your family.
The Pets of the Week are just a few of the animals awaiting adoption at the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter.
For information, visit southjerseyregionalanimalshelter.org, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, call (856) 691-1500 or visit the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter at 1244 N. Delsea Drive, Vineland.
Bev Greco is executive director of the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter.