Taken to a crowded shelter and abandoned, it should have been a joyful time, instead, this Pit Bull pup is placed on the “kill list.”
Having a new baby in the family should be a time for celebration, not just for the parents to be but for the entire family. It was not the case for this Pit Bull pup, Smiley, his parents abandoned him at a shelter. A dog who has shown no aggressive tendencies what so ever!
Betrayed by his owners Smiley was soon placed on the “kill list” because he was known to be uncomfortable with handling at times, according to the shelter. Something a little training would sort out in no time. I think it was more likely because the Brooklyn shelter was highly overcrowded.
Julie Carner, a long time very proud foster Mom to Pitbull’s launched an online campaign to try and save Smily’s life. She posted a message on Facebook which said:
“I’M A GOOD BOY, I WOULD HAVE LOVED THAT NEW BABY! – PLEASE HELP ME, I DONT WANT TO DIE … ”
What his former owners were thinking is beyond me, pets are not disposable.
Taking a family pet to a shelter in this situation should be the last option, not the easy one. Any concerns can be sorted out with a little training. Smiley is said to be an almost perfectly behaved boy, friendly, loves to play and house trained to boot. He has had some training, sits on command, even understand some commands in Spanish. By all accounts a friendly outgoing boy.
It was his eyes that caught the attention of Olena Kagui while riding home on the subway with her husband. Normally she has to pass over the images of all those sad dogs. But Smiley and his eyes made her pause in her scrolling. She started to cry and got that time old response from her husband, “we can’t get a dog.”
Instead of giving up, Kagui convinced her husband to foster Smiley. She immediately reached out and found out that Pound Hounds Res-Q, a local rescue group, was working on rescuing Smiley from the shelter but needed a foster. That is where Kagui and her husband came in.
Smiley was neutered and then headed to his new foster home. At first, he was very nervous and shy. “He drank some water and it was … clear that he was house-trained, [and] knew not to jump on the bed or to chew anything except for his toys. But he wouldn’t settle down or look at me all day,” recalls Kagui.
The betrayed pup needed time to trust humans again. After a few days, he started to warm up and showed more affection. With some helpful tips on a harness and walking, they brought Smiley to a park with other dogs. “He was much calmer, pulled less and loved being surrounded by dogs and people.”
The couple quickly fell in love with Smiley and have decided to adopt him. “Smiley already feels like part of our family,” Kagui said. “It doesn’t take long for a foster dog to make their way into your heart. Our home would already feel empty without him here.”
She advocates for scared shelter dogs by posting, “Smiley is proof that all shelter dogs deserve a second chance and even if they have issues at the shelter, they might be completely fine outside of a stressful environment!”