Ladylike pup seeking new home
Raven, a 3-year-old female Labrador pit bull mix, came to the Douglas Animal Welfare Group a little more than 6 months ago and is ready for a permanent home, but she is having a hard time being adopted.
“Some dogs don’t show well in a shelter and that can prevent them from being adopted,” said DAWG member Sheila DeLucia. “Raven is one of them.”
DeLucia said when an adopter comes in for a pet they generally choose an animal that is sitting quietly, not one that’s getting overly excited, jumping up and down and barking.
“You can tell when an animal has had enough,” she said. “Like people, animals can become stressed and discouraged and their personality changes. That makes it harder for people to see their true personality.”
Another mark against Raven is her color and breed.
“Unfortunately, black animals and pit bulls create a sense of fear in people,” said DeLucia. “Both are stereotyped as aggressive and their muscular body can be intimidating, causing people to automatically think they’re going to be attacked, but that is not true. It’s all in how the animal is treated by their handler.”
DeLucia said Raven is not aggressive at all.
“She’s very ladylike and sweet,” she said. “She will sit patiently and stare out the window on car rides and will wait for you to open the door for her to get in and out.”
Raven also loves to explore and be outdoors, especially hiking, retrieving balls and playing in the snow.
She is housebroken, crate-trained, walks well on a leash and is excelling in obedience classes.
“Raven is quick to study and wants to please her humans,” said DeLucia. “She loves to be loved and just wants to give lots of doggy kisses. She will even be a lap dog if you let her.”
DeLucia said every dog handles being in a shelter differently. Raven just isn’t herself there.
“We can tell that she is getting stressed and we don’t want that,” she said. “We want her to be happy and to have a good home.”
DeLucia said Raven’s ideal home would be someone who is active and can give her the attention she needs.
“She does seem to be drawn to women or anyone who is active and wants to play,” she said.
DeLucia said a personal trainer will be provided at no expense to the adopter to continue obedience lessons and help with the transition to her new home.
Raven can be viewed at the Douglas County Animal Care and Services Shelter, located at 921 Dump Road, Gardnerville. Hours are 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 790-7351.