Suzy Q should be living out the beginning of her golden years in comfort, being loved by a family, doted on and spoiled.
Instead, the seven-year old Labrador/pit bull mix has been languishing in a boarding facility in Phoenix for going on 4 years, hoping against hope that someone remembers she is there and takes up her cause – to find her a loving home.
Suzy Q, has not had very good luck. What is known about her is somewhat spotty, since she has been in boarding for so long. She came to AZ by way of a New Jersey rescue, who adopted her out to an Arizona family. In October of 2012, that family surrendered her to the Maricopa County Shelter, citing that they were moving into an apartment that would not take Suzy Q. Suzy was brought to the West Side Pet Center boarding facility, ostensibly to stay temporarily, until arrangements could be made to get Suzy Q back to her New Jersey rescue.
And then Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast.
There really wasn’t anything anyone could do for Suzy Q, at that point, back home in New Jersey, which was hit very hard, and apparently affected the operations of the rescue that was responsible for her. In the chaos and tragedy that was the aftermath of that massive storm, poor Suzy Q was just another victim of Sandy. Although as well-cared for as possible by the very kind owners of the Arizona boarding facility she now called home, Suzy Q basically became forgotten.
That is, until a group of animal advocates caught wind of her plight, and began working with the boarding facility owners to try and get Suzy Q a home. A Facebook group page, The Forgotten, was begun to try and help dogs like Suzy Q that have ended up in boarding facilities for one reason or another, and lost their support line to an active rescue organization – thus losing desperately needed exposure and backing to find a home. These dogs can end up living a kenneled existence for years – like Suzy Q – until someone takes up the mantle and endeavors to find them a home.
The Forgotten page began circulating Suzy Q’s bio and photos, along with two other dogs – Mona Lisa and Soul – who had also been rescued from Maricopa County Animal Care & Control in fall of 2013, only to find themselves stranded in a boarding facility. Mona Lisa and Soul, who are not connected with Suzy Q in any way except for their similar plights, were being housed at Canine Country Club, after being taken off the euthanasia list nearly three years ago, by a rescue who was unable to get them adopted out. These two girls got very lucky recently, when another local rescue, Paw Promise Rescue, took them officially under their wing after finding out about their plight. Mona Lisa was adopted almost immediately, and now Soul is living with a trainer, being boarded and trained, and out of a kennel – but still needing a home.
But Suzy Q has not yet fared as well, and this sweet girl continues to bide her time at West Side Pet Center, wondering if she will ever see a real home again. She was briefly adopted in January, but the family brought her back, after their resident dog took issue with Suzy Q over a toy, and they ended up in a scuffle. Although the special people that are networking her for help, also visit and walk her, it is not the same as a real home and family. Suzy Q needs a rescue to take her under their wing and help get her forever family. She would do best in a home as the only dog, or possibly with another dog, in the right situation with a knowledgeable dog parent.
Let’s help Suzy Q go from being one of The Forgotten, to one of the lucky ones.
To help Suzy Q find her forever home or to inquire about adopting her, please contact:
Tamra Gibbons, West Side Pet Center, (602) 272-8008
If you are interested in adopting Soul, please contact:
Paw Promise Rescue at http://pawpromiseanimalrescue.org/contact-us/
“A dog is not a thing. A thing is replaceable. A dog is not. A thing is disposable. A dog is not. A thing doesn’t have a heart. A dog’s heart is bigger than any “thing” you can ever own.”
― Elizabeth Parker, Paw Prints in the Sand