This amazing and friendly shepherd mix was surrendered by her owner to Little Rock Animal Services. Gretchen is a black and brown female Australian Shepherd / Collie mix with a medium smooth coat and a beautiful long tail. She does not understand that she will never be going back to the home she came from, and we may never know her former owner’s reasons for relinquishing this charming canine companion to animal services. Most canine companions that are surrendered to a city animal services facility are never adopted, and as a result, face a grim fate. So far as we can tell, Gretchen does not display any behaviors that would be unexpected from a normal healthy, and well adjusted canine companion of her breed mix, and age. She is an absolute delight to be around, and returns any attention and affection she receives ten fold. We can only begin to imagine the sorrow and desolation poor Gretchen must have felt when she was abandoned into the horrifying noise and confusion of the shelter. Fortunately for Gretchen, DogsOnly has been able to move her to a temporary foster home while we look for her new family.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association, which involved a survey of 130 pet owners -- 56 dog owners and 73 cat owners -- who were releasing their pets to the Capital Area Humane Society found that one-third (30 percent) of dog owners who give up their pets to an animal shelter do so because of the dogs' perceived behavior problems. However, researchers reported that many of the reported problems are normal behaviors for dogs, particularly young ones. "Many new dog owners either don't know or don't remember what is normal behavior for young puppies," said Sara Staats, co-author of the study and professor of psychology at Ohio State University's Newark campus. "The problem often isn't with the dogs, it's with the owners' expectations."
If you are considering a canine companion for the first time, please take the time to discuss your expectations and the requirements for providing a save and healthy home for your new canine companion.
While we help Gretchen to find her new family, she is living in a foster home in Little Rock. A fee applies to her adoption, but this covers all of her vet care to include spay, rabies, all vaccinations, micro-chipping, Frontline for flea/tick preventative, HW check and preventative and payment of 50% of basic training classes.
If you are interrested in learning more about this wonderful canine companion you are invited to complete an online adoption application by clicking the orange colored text links at the top or bottom of this page, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to meet Gretchen in person and get to know her a little better you can visit her at the DogsOnly adoption showings at Petco in West Little Rock on Chenal Parkway across from Target and Home Depot every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4.
If you don’t find that special companion you are looking for in the DogsOnly rescue, rehabilitation, and re-home program then please visit Last Chance Arkansas or one of the many other central Arkansas rescue organizations to save a rescued canine companion.