It’s hard to think about, but the reality for many shelter dogs is that the shelters are overcrowded, and unless they get adopted they’ll eventually be put to sleep.
Millions of dogs enter shelters every year. They come from a wide variety of experiences. Some have been abandoned, some have been mistreated, and some are homeless or strays. Many have never had any happiness in their lives.
But whatever their situation, the shelter can be a very scary experience for dogs. It’s filled with hundreds of other barking dogs and people they don’t know, and the poor dog has no idea what’s going on or why he’s there.
Sometimes dogs will act out because of their fear. And it can be hard to know if that is the fear causing it or if they have an aggression problem.
Meet Edie. She was one of those dogs. She was scruffy and was incredibly terrified. She wouldn’t let anyone get near her, and so the shelter decided she would be un-adoptable and scheduled her for euthanasia.
But Edie was a lucky girl. One of the ladies at the shelter, Bronwyne, saw something in Edie’s eyes. She thought there might be something worth saving there.
She called Eldad Hagar at Hope for Paws, and asked him to come and look at her.
Continue to next page for the amazing video of this dog’s journey, and the rest of the story…