Brooklyn is still just a baby who clutches his toys for comfort. But he will die because he was never trained and because he still acts like a puppy. Brooklyn doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. He is still, at one year old, just a big, overgrown puppy. He loves people, he gets excited when he’s happy and jumps, and he loves playing with other dogs.
Why is Brooklyn on death row in New York City’s shelter? First of all, he had the misfortune to be born black — the color least likely to be adopted from a shelter. He’s also a pit bull terrier mix, and that makes things more difficult in spite of his fantastic personality. Brooklyn was left at the shelter by his owner who explained that he didn’t have time for his dog and that his apartment is too small. The man worked long hours and didn’t have the time that Brooklyn needs for exercise and training.
Brooklyn is house-trained and knows basic obedience commands. He loves going on walks and considers everyone he meets his friend. According to a volunteer, Brooklyn just lacks some social skills. And honestly, he might just be an active dog who needs exercise to get the “wiggles” out. Many dogs don’t get enough exercise and that causes them to be overeager and demanding in terms of wanting affection and attention. While Brooklyn is overly affectionate, he’s absolutely not aggressive in any way.
Brooklyn is probably one of the dogs who will be a puppy his whole life. There’s one eight-year-old rescued rottie mix who still jumps up to kiss visitors on the face. Because a huge black dog jumping up in your face is not something most people appreciate, the dog is leashed when people come to visit and only let off the leash when he’s calmed down. Brooklyn might need that same accommodation — he might be a puppy-like dog his whole life. But people love puppies just because of their exuberance for life and their joyous acceptance of all that life has to offer. Brooklyn would offer that same puppy sweetness his whole life.
A foster home will save Brooklyn’s life. So would an adopter. But something needs to happen now. Brooklyn is on the list of dogs to be killed, and the fact that he’s still alive is a miracle. The volunteers are begging for help for him — his sweet, affectionate personality has won them over, and his happiness is contagious. Really.
Important information is that Brooklyn is ID# A1046198. For guidance and assistance, you can email mustlovedogsNYC@gmail.com. The shelter email is email@example.com (only email the shelter if you can pick dog up personally). The shelter phone number is (212) 788-4000, and they are located at 2336 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11208. Operating hours are noon till 8:00 pm. There is more information on his Facebook thread. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch his video and see how calm he is on a leash.
While the shelter says he would be better for a family without small children, that is simply because of his energy and playfulness. When the assessor used the fake hand to try to take food away from him, Brooklyn didn’t care that his food was being taken away, but he did want to play with the hand. He thought it was a toy!
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