Dog lovers know that a dog wants nothing more than to be free to give unconditional love to their family. So when we see dogs existing in shelters, living on death row, it is completely heartbreaking. The story often ends when the animal sees a person approaching with a red leash. As dog lovers also know, their beloved pets know a great deal without needing to use words. You can see it in their eyes.
This story is about Benny, an 8-month-old pit bull from Gardena, California, who saw the red leash coming. He knew what that meant. You can see it in his eyes, but the ending to this story will leave you with happy tears.
Benny ended up at the Carson Animal Care Center, a high intake and high-kill Animal Shelter located in Los Angeles. He lived there for weeks, and the staff watched as his behavior started to change. The once energetic puppy hid all day in the back of his kennel, losing his energy and the will to live.
Due to the stigma associated with the pit bull breed, the odds were stacked against Benny. Even though he is clearly a loving, sweet dog, he was more likely to be passed over by people who assumed he would be aggressive. The pit bull watched as other dogs around him came and went, but nobody adopted him.
An organization the helps the shelter dogs find homes shared a video of Benny on social media, hoping somebody would save the day. To be saved, someone would need to visit him soon for a temperament test in person. Passing the test would allow a family to adopt Benny.
He is just 8 months and this sweet baby needs help now. Please SHARE for his life, he needs a TEMPERAMENT TEST requested IN PERSON by an Interested Party before the Shelter will allow him to be saved. Without this Test being ordered he can be PTS at any time. A FOSTER or Adopter would save his life. Thanks!#A4899631 I'm an approximately 8 month old male pit bull. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since November 23, 2015. I will be available on November 29, 2015. You can visit me at my temporary home at C317.http://www.petharbor.com/pet.asp?uaid=LACO1.A4899631Carson Shelter, Gardena, California216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California310.523.9566, M-TH 12pm – 7pm, F-SU – 10am – 5pmPHOTO THREAD: https://www.facebook.com/savingcarsonshelterdogs/photos/a.172032662969376.1073741830.171850219654287/511316932374279/?type=3&theater
Posted by Saving Carson Shelter Dogs on Monday, November 23, 2015
The shelter does all they can to find homes for the many animals that come to them, but Benny was running out of time. Then, right before Christmas, on December 10, Benny saw the red leash coming toward him. The other dogs nearby barked in excitement and Benny went to hide, cowering nervously, his ears drooping.
Then he heard some new voices. A man and a woman called his name and beckoned him to come out, but still, he was unsure. Then the door opened, and Benny knew he couldn’t escape. He lowered himself to the ground and crawled before their feet, his tail wagging nervously. The shelter worker succeeded in getting the red leash on his neck, and suddenly he was outside his cage.
Benny jumped excitedly, trying to make a mad dash to the door. Then he made it outside and realized he was finally free. It’s a joy to witness his “freedom walk” full of wiggles, tail wagging, jumps, and bounds.
See Benny’s wonderful freedom walk below:
This special little guy captured the hearts of everyone who stopped by his kennel. He hit the jackpot when this beautiful family chose to take him home. Thanks for all you SHARING, checkout his FREEDOM WALK filled with lots of jumps and tail wagging! Happy life sweet BENNY <3PHOTO THREAD: https://www.facebook.com/savingcarsonshelterdogs/photos/a.172032662969376.1073741830.171850219654287/511316932374279/?type=3&theaterJukin Media Verified (Original)* For licensing / permission to use: Contact – licensing(at)jukinmediadotcom
Posted by Saving Carson Shelter Dogs on Thursday, December 10, 2015
Benny was one of the lucky ones, but other dogs are constantly looking for loving homes. We hope that by sharing this video, it may inspire someone to consider taking home their own fur baby and providing them with a forever home.
RESCUED – moved to SAFE Album on 12/28 FREEDOM VIDEO! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAAnLtiEI7E#A5219677 ✰ PETEY -10/07/18- 🆘🆘 URGENT!!! HE NEEDS A FOSTER or ADOPTER by WEDNESDAY 12/19 or he will be EUTHANIZED!!! 🆘🆘 72 hour notice for Petey AS5219677Good afternoon all, a plea for Petey was sent 12/04/18. This is your 72 hour notice that Petey is being considered for euthanasia. Any assistance in placing him is appreciated, thank you. 09/21/18Petey was at the front of the kennel with a loose body, an excited tail wag, and was eager to be let out. He was easily leashed, but jumped excitedly on the runner once outside the kennel. Benjamin pulled heavily while walking to the yard. He was collared with ease before being let into the yard. In the yard, he had a loose body and friendly tail wag. Petey greeted the other dogs before attempting to engage in play. He was distracted and wandered the yard. He socialized with the other dogs and solicit petting from the handlers. Petey is ok for public adoption. 10/25/18Petey was at the front of his kennel with a loosely wagging tail, soft eyes and open pant. He was safely removed from his kennel and pulled on leash moderately. Inside the catch pen, he focused on the small dogs, licking his lips and pacing the gate. The handlers decided to muzzle Petey. He was very distracted by the muzzle but would glance at the dogs here and there. He did not show handlers anything with the muzzle, so handlers removed the muzzle and held on to the leash very lightly. Petey then walked up to the female dog, where she quickly corrected him, nipping at his face a few times. He stood there for a second before moving away, but did not react to the correction. He then roamed the yard for a quick moment, before finding the small male and followed him around. Petey became slightly tense as he hovered over the small dog, but the small dog ran away from him. He licked his lips a lot and looked up to the handler before initiating contact with the dogs. Petey remained tolerant of the small dogs, but never fully relaxed. Petey should not go to a home with small dogs. Petey was at the front of the kennel when the runner approached. He had a loosely wagging tail, ears were back and body was relaxed. When the runner attempted to place the leash inside the kennel, he immediately jumped up and grabbed ahold of it. He would not let go of the leash and tugged on the leash with some force. He was then called over to the front of the kennel where he was easily leashed. He was walked out and pulled on leash extensively and for a long period of time. He charged at some of the kennel but was easy to pull away. Inside the catch pen, he was muzzled prior to entering the yard. He fought with muzzle for a long time but was able to be calmed down by handlers. He lied down on the floor and watched the other dogs. After a while, he would get up and approach the dogs, he was tense, tail was stiff and he licked his lips. He hovered over the dogs, necking them and being assertive. He was easy to correct, but did get into an argument with another dogs where he tried attacking him, but because he was muzzle did not damage. He did not like when dogs challenged him back. He sat near the handlers but anytime a dog would come into his space, he would resort back to this behavior. He was sent out of the yard. He became very reactive to the dogs barking in kennels. He will need to be in an adult only home with no other dogs. Rescue preferred.Here's another look at sweet PETEY (Benjamin). His personality is amazing and he knows commands. He needs help now, he is incredibly special! Please SHARE for his life, he's SUCH a good boy and a FOSTER or ADOPTER would save him. Thanks! #A5219677 My name is PETEY and I'm an approximately 3 year old male Pit Bull. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 9/17. I will be available on 9/21. You can visit me at my temporary home at C308. 🔹Pit Bull 🔹 AGE:3 years🔹 Male 🔹 ARRIVED:9/17🔹 AVAILABLE ON: 9/21🔹 Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566🔹 M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm🔹216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248PHOTO: 1https://www.facebook.com/savingcarsonshelterdogs/photos/a.172032662969376/1073530966152870/?type=3&theaterVIDEO: 1https://www.facebook.com/savingcarsonshelterdogs/videos/545560142566968/💚💚INTERESTED IN FOSTERING? If you're in LA, OC, San Bernadino or Riverside County and would like to apply to foster a Carson pup, please visit CarsonFosters.com to complete the online foster application. Thanks! 💚💚
Posted by Saving Carson Shelter Dogs on Monday, October 8, 2018
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