Today, Major is as happy as can be in his forever home. He no longer cowers in fear of the other dogs barking in the shelter kennel and the strange people walking by his run. But it was hard to picture this happy future for him when he first arrived at Cape Ann Animal Aid. Scared and lonely, it took the love and attention that only a home and a family can provide to get this gentle dog out of his shell.
In the shelter, Major struggled to adjust. Stressed and anxious, he cowered in the back of his kennel run, shrinking smaller still when a staff person would approach. He had worn a small sore onto the end of his nose from frantically rubbing it against his kennel. In the yard, he would pace about and whine. It was clear that in order to observe his true personality, he would need to get out of the shelter.
"Everyone knew there was a happy dog in there, we just needed to give him the chance to show us." -Kate Glidden and Jesse Dole, Major's foster family
Kate and Jesse, Major's Foster Caregivers, write: "Major is the fifth dog that we have fostered since COVID began back in March. When we were contacted about Major's story, we couldn't say no to trying to relieve some of the stress that the poor boy was experiencing in the shelter environment. Major had lived with the same family in Texas since he was 4 months old and, due to economic circumstances beyond their control, they had to surrender him. The confusion and sadness that he must have felt as he boarded the transport that brought him to Cape Ann Animal Aid is terrible to think about. The photos of Major huddled in the back of his kennel was enough to know that we had to try something different, everyone knew there was a happy dog in there, we just needed to give him the chance to show us."
"Without his time in foster, we wouldn't have been able to share all the fantastic things we learned about him with a potential adopter. We believe his time in foster allowed him to decompress and show us what a good boy he is. We feel very fortunate to have been part of his journey to his forever home."
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