Rescue Me: Vancouver’s longest-running shelter dog

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Rescue Me is normally reserved to showcase great animals that have made amazing gains after being adopted. But this one is different. This edition is about a sweet dog that is in need of a savior, and an opportunity to be loved.

Meet Paisley. This four-and-a-half year old beautiful girl is Vancouver’s longest-running shelter dog. She’s been at Vancouver Animal Control since February 24 – more than five months. I learned about this sweetie earlier this month when she was the only dog in the entire lockup. The only dog.

Here’s what’s known about her. The pit bull/American Bulldog mix was picked up as a stray, and no one came to claim her. The city believes that she spent the first three years of her life or more chained to a dog house, without having room to run or play. Her early miserable years have impaired her physically, and she does weekly swim sessions at Aqua Paws to help strengthen her underdeveloped muscles.

Paisley (courtesy Vancouver Animal Control)

Paisley (courtesy Vancouver Animal Control)

But the trauma of her puppyhood hasn’t deterred her spirit: staff reports she has a lovely personality and would love nothing more than “to lounge on a soft bed or couch in a home all of her own.” To be a “foot warmer.”

“We all have a soft spot for Paisley. Knowing that she didn’t have a great start to life, she has come through that with grace and elegance and still thinks people are her best friends. She loves everyone she meets and is always happy to go out for a walk with an old friend or a new friend,” said Supervisor of Canine Services Rachel Blyth.

Paisley has been passed over by many would-be pet parents, and staff at the shelter are desperate to see her re-homed.

The right owners will balance her need to play with adequate rest periods, and understand bull-breed dogs. They recommend she’s the only dog in the home, because she’s selective about the other animals and dogs she interacts with.

“Paisley is great with children, so a home with kids would be ok. We are looking for a home where they understand her physical limitations and are ok with regular walks, but not much else – besides swimming, which Paisley absolutely loves,” said Blyth.

Paisley enjoying the water (courtesy Vancouver Animal Control)

Paisley enjoying the water (courtesy Vancouver Animal Control)

The shelter is doing a great job making sure she’s on a proper schedule and getting lots of food and cuddles, but as Blyth puts it, “no dog should spend so much time in a shelter.”

“It would make everyone’s year to see her go into her new forever home….while we might shed a few tears to see her go, they will be happy tears,” she said.

Here is Paisley’s Petfinder listing. She’s currently in a foster home, to get her away from the stress of shelter life.

To set up a time to see Paisley, call 3-1-1 and ask to be transferred to Animal Services. There is an application process to ensure pets are placed with an appropriate guardian.

Buzz fans, please share this one widely – let’s get a home for Paisley!

 

Paisley (courtesy Vancouver Animal Control)

Paisley (courtesy Vancouver Animal Control)

Paisley (courtesy Vancouver Animal Control)

Paisley (courtesy Vancouver Animal Control)

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Darcy Matheson is the founder of PetFundr, a crowdfunding site for animal welfare projects. Her first book, "Greening Your Pet Care," is available on Amazon and in major book and pet stores.
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