The volunteers at this small, rural shelter in Florida are very worried that two sweet dogs will be killed because of ineptitude and mistakes made. They are begging that the dogs be given a chance.
Picasso is a black lab mix who can be killed at any time. For some reason he has been overlooked in the small rural shelter since July. As many dogs do, he now suffers from kennel stress. Just like people in hospital intensive care wards suffer “ICU psychosis” where they can become hostile and nervous, dogs in stressful, chaotic kennel environments have a similar response.
After even a short time, dogs can become disoriented, anxious, stressed and even more aggressive to actions that normally wouldn’t bother them like having someone put a leash on them. They may get territorial about their kennel — it’s the only thing they have in the world. So if someone sticks their fingers in the cage, they may view it as an attack on their space.
Picasso has been at the shelter for almost three months. He is not the same dog who walked through the shelter door in early July. When he was fostered, in spite of instructions to give him time to get used to his new surroundings, the family immediately allowed their dog and child around him. Then, they returned him when he acted inappropriately around them — but they hadn’t given him time to adjust. Any new dog needs time before being allowed to interact with other dogs in a home. And children also need careful, supervised introductions.
All new dogs need time to adjust. Picasso may need more time than most. But he’s sweet to people he knows. He is anxious around new people and needs a family with lots of patience. Then they will see the true Picasso — a sweet playful dog. Picasso is ID# A28531154. He is neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped and heartworm negative. More information is on Picasso’s Facebook thread.
Kelo is another dog at the shelter in urgent need of rescue. He is a five-year-old pit bull mix. He has been at the shelter even longer than Picasso — since March. Kelo was picked up as a stray, and he is also suffering from kennel stress. His behavior has become unpredictable when around new people. Kelo does show well in the kennel and he will walk on a leash with people he knows. He, like Picasso, needs time and patience to get used to new people. Kelo is ID #A25243423. He has been neutered, microchipped, is up to date on vaccinations, and is heartworm negative. More information is on his Facebook thread.
Kelo and Picasso, according to the volunteers, are sweet dogs who will both need behavior modification and training, and are available to rescues or experienced adopters only. Please help spread the word about these two dogs who were betrayed by their owners who dumped them on the streets and left them to fend for themselves. Now, through no fault of their own, they are stressed and depressed in a shelter. In addition to their individual Facebook threads, they share a Facebook thread. Training is available to the individuals or rescues who pull them.
They are at Pasco County Animal Services, 19640 Dogpatch Ln., Land O’Lakes, FL 34638. The phone number is: (813) 929-1212.
Information from the volunteers: “To place a hold as adopter or foster/rescue: You must email BEFORE the time they are scheduled to be killed. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject MUST be IN CAPS: ATTN DO NOT EUTH (ID#____). To call (lines are open Tuesday-Friday, noon-6:30): 727-834-3216 or 727-834-3218 or 813-929-1212. Hours of operation to the public: Tuesday – Saturday open noon until 6:30 pm. Rescues can go and collect the dog when not open to the public, please email them to make arrangements.“
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