Those who tried to save Montego are heartbroken (including this writer). He was killed at the shelter today. Montego was let down by humans throughout his short life. Whoever took him in as a puppy and didn’t properly train him, failed him. Whoever saw him at the shelter and wasn’t willing to work with him, failed him. Perhaps he was scared. Perhaps he was not properly socialized. The bottom line is that he died much too early — and we all failed him.
Montego is extremely handsome and extremely sweet. He’s an average size for a shepherd — around 60 pounds and he’s only around four years old. Montego is a laid-back kind of dog. He seems happy to just hang out and get some petting, and he loves people.
The volunteers really like him and wrote:
This guy should go to an experienced handler since he should be destined to be more than just a guard dog or “lawn ornament.” Montego wants to please, so please give him a home where he can be part of the family. He has great formation and really is eye-candy in the dog world. Please have a fenced-in yard for him to play and run around in.”
What they are saying is that Montego is much more than an outside dog. He loves being around people and needs to be indoors and loved. Like many rescues, he probably could use some obedience training. That helps in the bonding process and makes expectations clear for everyone.
Montego’s review date was May 4th, so he is available for adoption, rescue or euthanasia immediately.
- ID# 3915 – kennel 19
- Facebook thread
- Adopt-a-Pet page
- Madera County Animal Control, 14269 Road 28, Madera, CA 93638
- Phone: (559) 675-7891
- Please contact LDS7784@yahoo.com for serious enquiries
While Madera County shelter workers and volunteers work hard to get every dog out of the shelter safely, they are an open access shelter. That means that they must take all strays and owner surrenders. When the cages are filled, dogs are killed to make room for the new dogs. That’s the harsh reality at many city and county shelters. Their Adopt-a-pet information states:
Madera County Animal Control is the only shelter in the county. We take in all types of animals and try very hard to place as many as possible.We still have a very high euthanasia rate and hope this information will help.”
To change that reality, if you live in Madera County, contact your local government officials.Instead of criticizing, offer suggestions on how to make Madera County a no-kill county. Without lots of foster homes and rescues to pull the dogs, it won’t work. And no public shelter can take in all the dogs without a way to find them rescue or adoption.
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