The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, Boyk Law Intake Specialist Molly Siedlecki walked into the shelter at Lucas County Canine Control. She and her mother were there to drop off donations of treats, bedding, and other items donated by our law firm and Green Sweep Snow Removal. As they entered the kennel housing dogs awaiting adoption, they were greeted by excited barking and wagging tails. But, as they left the area, it was almost silent as each dog was busily chewing and gnawing on a newly awarded bully-stick treat.
They moved on to the kennels housing dogs that were being treated and evaluated before becoming available for adoption, and the reaction was the same. But when Molly came to the final cage, the dog didn’t respond when offered the treat. Her shelter name was Emily, a Pitbull-Dalmatian mix who lay in her cage with her ears back and her eyes closed. Molly realized that the dog needed affection more than a treat, and she reached into the kennel to touch the pup, who nuzzled against her. Molly was told that the dog wasn’t adjusting to life in the shelter and seemed to be shutting down socially.
Afterward, Molly went home and talked to her fiancé. Although they cannot offer the dog a forever home, they agreed to foster her until she was adopted. They came back together the following day and brought her home.
Fostering a shelter dog from Lucas County Canine Care and Control can take 2-5 months and helps make the dogs more adoptable because it provides an opportunity to observe the dog’s behavior and notice any issues that can be passed along to their new owner. Lucas County Canine Care and Control provided Molly with food, a bed, and free veterinary care for the dog, who was battling a case of Kennel Cough.
The shelter believes she is still a puppy, but no one knows for sure because she was brought in as a stray. Molly changed the pup’s name to Pebbles because of her spots.
In fact, she has a black heart-shaped spot around her nose that is absolutely adorable. Pebbles knows the basic commands of “sit”, “stay”, “down”, and “no”. Though she doesn’t quite know how to play with toys yet, she loves walks and being with people–she basked in the attention of Molly’s family during a holiday gathering.
Molly and her fiancé call Pebbles the “right dog at the wrong time.” Although they can’t keep her permanently, they felt compelled to offer her a better temporary home than she would have experienced in the shelter.
The Boyk Law office has also supported her decision by providing a bed, toys, treats, and other supplies.
“Sarah, from our office, called me immediately after I posted about fostering her and dropped off a care package,” says Molly. When Pebbles visited the Boyk Law Holland office, she interacted well with the staff and other office dogs – Prince has been sure to give the new temp a warm welcome!
If you are interested in adopting Pebbles or fostering a shelter dog in your home, please contact Lucas County Canine Care and Control at www.lucascountydogs.com