On a very cold day in mid February 2018, SCARS received a call about me. I had just given birth to puppies but I wasn’t able to keep them warm. A volunteer driver was quickly dispatched, but it was already too late to save my babies. These situations are heartbreaking for SCARS volunteers, but sadly not uncommon. They get many requests this time of year to help dogs like me. The first few photos of me when I arrived into care say it all. I was very sad and fearful. Was this the start of a better life?
Because I was so timid, they decided to call me Shyla. My heart warned me not to trust, but my instincts to love people were stronger. I was so happy to have human care. I desperately wanted to show my gratitude and would crawl towards my caretakers. But at the last second, I felt compelled to crawl away. They were gentle with me so I let them touch me, but they could tell how afraid I felt. I was so glad to be warm, safe and fed. Just when I thought things couldn’t possibly get any better, I hit the jackpot.
One of the amazing foster volunteers offered to take me into her home. She knew it might take a lot of time before I learned to trust her, but she was willing to commit to helping me. After just a week in her care, I was finally feeling safe! This is what she has to say about me, “Shyla is settling in so wonderfully and although she’s got a long way to go, she’s on the right track. Her favourite things are smiling, snuggling with her foster parents, playing with the resident dogs and last night she enjoyed chewing on a bone. I wanted to share some happier photos since her sad/frightened one is in the past for this little one.”
Transformations like mine are what make it possible for loving volunteers to say farewell to fosters at adoption time, even though they have grown to love us. They know there are other pets like me in desperate need of their care.
SCARS is grateful to community members that let them know about pet’s like me. These relationships are key to relieving animals from distress and preventing needless suffering in the future. It’s not uncommon for free roaming dogs to show up uninvited on properties and give birth to puppies, or to show up already near death from starvation. What would you do if this was the reality of your community? Everyone needs a helping hand and it takes a team of caring people to create change. Please support SCARS and please spay or neuter your own pets to help reduce Alberta’s pet overpopulation.