Update: Scooby is no longer at the shelter. They said (somewhat cryptically) that a former owner reclaimed him.
Scooby is on death row because he’s been at the shelter too long. And this sweet young (he thinks he’s still a puppy!) dog is happy and full of life. The volunteers are heartbroken that no one has really stepped up to help this dog with a wonderful personality.
Scooby is still a puppy. He may be two years old, but no one, not even one of his three adopters, bothered to work with him to teach him good manners. Scooby is sweet, affectionate, loving, and full of energy. But he has never learned how to live with a family. No one bothered to crate train him to keep him out of mischief. No one took the time to put him on a schedule to make sure he was reliably house trained. And two of the three families dumped him back at the shelter because they didn’t have the patience to keep this great dog. One family returned him after three short days. And the third family? They dumped him on the streets where he was found by Animal Control and brought back to the shelter. When contacted, that family didn’t want him back.
Scooby has been failed by people. He needs a family who will appreciate his loving energy, his happiness, and be willing to work with him to make him the dog he could be. (Just a personal note here: I adopted a 6-month-old Rottie mix from a shelter, and it took me another 6 months to house train him. In the meantime, he devoured cell phones, prescription eyeglasses, shoes and more. But now? He’s reliable in the house for up to 9 hours, he’s good with other dogs and cats, and great with babies.)
Scooby just needs patience and love to be a perfect dog. He needs a family who won’t return him for chewing a shoe — or better yet, a family smart enough to not allow him to chew a shoe. A family smart enough to know how to keep him safe. Scooby gets along with other dogs, and he is friendly. He is high-energy, so a home with another playful dog might be fabulous. A home with a fenced-in yard and someone to throw balls for him would be wonderful, too.
A visitor commented:
He loved chasing the ball and was so loving. I started scratching his belly and he literally fell over for more. He was also good on leash.”
Scooby is ID# A22333354. He is listed as a hound mix. There is more information on how to help Scooby on his Facebook thread. He 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. Call during the holidays to check hours.
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