The Tucson-based organization, Team Up for Tucson (“TUFT”), is pleading for Papi’s life.
Papi, a four year-old Elkhound or Leonberger mix, was surrendered to the Pima Animal Care and Control facility in Tucson (PACC), by his owner last week, and Papi’s owner requested the terrified young dog be euthanized for “snapping” at his niece, according to posts on the TUFT page. Papi was seen shaking with fear and crying by shelter volunteers – a heartbreaking sight, giving rise to a groundswell of support for Papi and his predicament.
Thankfully, Papi was not immediately euthanized; however, the frightened dog did not immediately pass temperament evaluations with other dogs.
“He was shaking during his test and he tried to bite the dog they were introducing him to. When I met him, he was a doll. He needs someone to teach him basic obedience, which won’t be difficult because of his love of food,” says Michele Ochoaski, of TUFT.
At this moment, Papi is considered a “Special Needs Adoption” for someone with no kids, no dogs, and secure yard. But he is on borrowed time, and is still in danger of euthanasia. TUFT is actively looking for a foster without other dogs, and a quiet home so that a rescue can take in Papi, get him some necessary training, and set him up for success.
Michele says: “He is heartbroken and only knows what he’s been taught, but will have to pay for what his previous family didn’t teach him. He is only 4 and can learn from someone willing to take the time needed to save him. Not sure what will happen if no one steps up to help him.”
If you can foster Papi, please contact Michele Ochoaski via her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/michele.ochoaski or Chanel Willis, of Big Heads Bigger Hearts Rescue at https://www.facebook.com/chanel.willis.31.
Non-Facebook contact info for both organizations:
Big Heads Bigger Hearts Rescue
Team Up for Tucson
Team Up For Tucson is an Arizona non-profit with 501(c)(3) status. Their mission is to help and support disadvantaged and/or homeless children in Tucson, and the rescue, protection and support of all animals. Big Heads Bigger Hearts Rescue is a “rescue focusing on behaviorally challenged dogs and a community support system geared towards keeping dogs with their families.” Both groups are working hard to save Papi, but they need the community’s help – with a committed foster that will comfort and love him until he finds his new forever home – where Papi will never have to shake and cry again. #SavePapi
To learn more about dogs and children, read: https://dogsandbabies.wordpress.com/2010/03/27/do-dogs-bite-out-of-the-blue/
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