Adopt Me! Joanie & Davy Love Life Outside the Cage
09/06/2012 AT 03:30 PM EDT
These purebred Pekingese were once confined to a cage and had little to no contact with humans. When a rescuer saw them being given up to a kill shelter in Hazard, Ky., by a backyard breeder, they knew the unsocialized pair would be euthanized quickly.
"The owner had one of them dangling from a catch pole and the dog was screaming," says Melody Clark, an administrator for The Animal Care Society of Louisville, Ky., who took the dogs in. "When they came to us they were yellow. We bathed them twice and they still had urine stains on their coats from sitting in nothing but their own urine for so long."
Several months later, 5-year-old Joanie and 3-year-old Davy are doing much better. They recovered from a bad skin infection, received much-needed groomings to remove matted fur, and thanks to lots of baths, they are now snow white. Sadly, they are still deeply scarred from their ordeal.
"Joanie is terrified of a leash, but she loves to give kisses. She really has come around," says Clark. "Davy is terrified to be touched. He'll dance around in his cage but the minute you try to touch him, he cringes. I think he probably was never handled."
Though they have issues, this inseparable pair, who may be mother and son, are still "such sweethearts," says Clark. "Their whole personality changes when they go in the yard – they smile from ear to ear. It's like they become the dogs they should have been all along."
The perfect owner for Joanie and Davy would be patient and willing to work with them. "They would need a fenced-in backyard, a quiet home with no young children," says Clark. "I doubt they've ever been exposed to children at all."
Clark laments that though these dogs are being well cared for now, they ultimately need to be outside of a cage. "They're still in a kennel situation," she says. "We spoil our dogs to death here but they still deserve a home. They deserve that after all they've been through. They've just been deprived of so much."
If you want to give Davy and Joanie the forever home they deserve, call the Animal Care Society at (502) 426-6303.
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