New Update: Adopted. See her freedom picture on the first video link below!
Update: Wendy’s second failed adoption has saved her life (for now). She was returned because of landlord problems but the adopters told the shelter that Wendy is sweet and affectionate. She likes kids and other dogs. She knows several commands and listens well. Please share her story to find her a permanent home! She’s been returned too many times and it’s NOT her fault!!
Wendy is going to be the second dog killed tomorrow. The shelter is full and if two kennels are needed — Wendy dies. Wendy has not only been there too long, but she was adopted and returned within a few hours by an adopter who knew nothing about giving a dog time to get acclimated to a new home. So now — because of that ignorant adopter — Wendy will die.
Wendy showed that she gets along with other dogs during her playgroup times at the shelter. At first, she just wanted to walk around and not interact with the other dogs. Then she began to play with them and was noted by volunteers as being “tolerant with a gentle/dainty playstyle.” Instead of allowing Wendy and the current dog in the home to get to know each other slowly, which is what is recommended, the adopter threw them together and then — perhaps — overreacted when Wendy began playing roughly with their dog.
She was adopted again, but the landlord didn’t like the way she looked — black dog? The adopters told the shelter: “… dog is friendly with children, other dogs and knows sit as well as lay down.”
Wendy is only one year old. She’s still in many ways a puppy. She is mouthy. Many dogs exhibit this behavior until they are two or three years old. She is reported to be calm for a one-year-old dog. Because of the poor report from the adopter, she is now on the list to be killed because of the reported behavior. Volunteers are heartbroken because Wendy was not given a fair chance. New dogs need to be integrated into a family with children and other animals slowly and patiently.
Wendy is depressed at the shelter but has been sweet and gentle with volunteers. She does pull hard on a leash and need to learn manners. She learned sit quickly and would probably excel at obedience training. She gets excited when she sees children, and she has never shown any sign of aggression toward other dogs. She is selective about who she wants to play with in playgroup.
Watch a video of her here, and another video of her (slightly more depressed) here.
Wendy needs an adopter who will have the patience and understanding to give her time to acclimate to a new home. She’s been in the shelter for over two months — that’s a long time. She’s remained sweet and docile. Volunteers love her. It usually takes dogs eight weeks in a new home to really believe that they are home and it’s going to be forever. Wendy is heartworm negative and healthy. She is ready to be adopted — but she may only have the next 12 hours to live.
Wendy is ID#A30148968. There is more information on how to save Wendy on her Facebook thread. If you can take Wendy, You must email (by 9:00 am tomorrow) email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org! The subject needs to be: Do Not Euth Wendy ID# A30148968. Include your contact information in the body of the email. Please do not email unless you are serious and will pick her up tomorrow by 3:00 pm. She is located at Hillsborough County Animal Services, 440 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa, FL 33619. Their phone number is 813-744-5660. The shelter is open every day from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
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