Chances are that Leah once had a home. Chances are that she knew love at some point in her life. How do we know that since she arrived at the shelter as a stray?
Dogs who live a long time on the streets usually like it in the shelter. For the first time in a long while, they are receiving food and water on a regular basis. But dogs who were loved and lived in a home don’t do well in the shelter. They know what they are missing — perhaps for the first time in their lives they are alone and unloved. Those dog become very stressed and depressed in shelters. So ironically, the dogs that come from the best homes fare the worst in shelters. Often they are labeled as aggressive in shelters because they become protective of their kennels. But think about it, they’ve lost everything. Their family, their home, their toys. All they have in the world is their cell, so they protect it. Once out of the kennel they are sweet and affectionate, but few bother to get them out when they see the barking and aggressive behavior.
Leah has been labeled aggressive. For her, a large black dog, that is probably a death sentence. In fact, a shelter employee today told me that because she is past her due date, she is at risk of being killed every single day. Leah probably won’t live through the New Year. She has so many strikes against her it seems almost impossible that she will make it out of the high kill shelter where she currently resides.
Leah may be sweet and affectionate. She may just be frightened by the loud and noisy shelter. The chaos often scares dogs. No one will know unless someone goes to spend time with her and evaluate her. No one will know unless people hear about her story. Please share Leah’s story with family and friends and social media contacts. She urgently needs all the help she can get. Immediately.
Leah is ID #A489401. She is estimated to be around five years old. She has been at the shelter for three weeks. There will be updated information on her PetHarbor link. There may be more information on her Facebook thread. She is located at the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter, 333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, CA. The shelter is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The hours of operation will be different this week. Call (909) 384-1304 to find out about holiday hours.
For more information, you may contact Shelter Manager: Oscar Perez (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Vet Tech: Jenny Gener (email@example.com) or Rescue Coordinator: Jennifer Van Ness (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please hurry. Leah doesn’t have long.
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