Rehabilitation gives shy dogs an opportunity for socialization, adoption

Most animals are frightened when they arrive at a shelter, and some are terrified. They have been lost or abandoned by their families and are in a new place with strange sounds and smells, and are locked up in a cage or kennel. Everything familiar to them is gone. Who wouldn’t be scared?

In the past, dogs at the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department who cowered in the corner of their cages were considered unadoptable and were killed. But then, a kind cadre of volunteers like Julie Grimes and Arline Gregoire and others began asking to work with these dogs, and when I arrived as Director a full fledged Shy Dog Program was launched. Now, volunteers and staff work together to rehabilitate the scared dogs and give them a chance for a great new life. The program has been an astounding success, showing once again that animals who come into the shelter will usually bloom if given time and some TLC.

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