As October is wrapping up, I just want to remind everyone that it is adopt a shelter dog month. A very important month to thousands and thousands of shelter pets everywhere - not just the dogs. But, I do want to take a minute to feature a shelter dog that I have been keeping my eye on for over a year now. It's so hard to see any pet sit at a shelter for such a long period of time, but I do take a little comfort in the great shelter that Porgy has been at, on and off, since December 2010 - yes, nearly 2 years!
Luckily for Porgy, the Longmont Humane Society is dedicated to helping pets that come to them like Porgy. He gets walked every day, more than once. He gets play time in a yard. He gets obedience training and love. While his "home" ends up being a kennel at the shelter, he does have a bed, toys, treats and daily attention. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to say his situation is an ideal one. I just hold on to the hope that his spirit stays strong with the love he is given and that his forever home will find him soon.
Straight from his bio: "Abused. Neglected. Abandoned. These were the words used to describe Porgy by the City of Chicago when he was confiscated in May 2009 by Chicago Animal Care & Control, where he stayed, as evidence in a cruelty case, until March 2010. Porgy was 2 years old when confiscated, and it was determined he had lived through abuse and neglect all his young life. He was malnourished and there were sores on his ears and body.
In December 2010 the good folks at Safe Humane Chicago contacted Longmont Humane Society about taking Porgy in hopes this might increase his chances of finding a home. When Porgy arrived at LHS he was every bit the sweet dog he is now but certainly rough around the edges. He was jumpy and mouthy. LHS, known nationally for its Training & Behavior Modification Department, agreed to take him, and, upon arrival on December 15, 2010, Porgy immediately began obedience training.
Porgy took to obedience training like a fish to water, loving learning and spending time with people. December 2011 marked Porgy's one year anniversary at Longmont Humane. In the past year we've had the pleasure of getting to know him and work with him, and we know Porgy to be just about the sweetest guy you'll ever meet. He LOVES people and kids of all ages. He is still his goofy self but he is now less jumpy and less mouthy. Porgy had a rough start to life and he's spent 5 years without a proper, loving home. Please come meet this special boy and see why so many people have spent so much time and energy helping him be the wonderful dog he is. Porgy's been waiting so patiently, and he deserves a loving home of his own!"
Check out his video too:
I would love to see Porgy find his forever home this month. He had one for a little while, but was returned to the shelter last month. It's important to remember that every dog is different and understanding their needs is even more important. A forever home can be a loving place, but if it's not a suitable environment for the pet that comes into it, it will mean another returned pet. Let's help Porgy find the right forever home! Can you please help and share his story? Thank you.