While all of our animals are special, we consider Ivy to be one of our success stories. This 4-year-old pittie was surrendered after her owner had to move and couldn’t bring her to their new place. Ivy was absolutely terrified of the shelter and the staff. She would sit in her kennel and bark aggressively at anyone who came near.
To help Ivy adjust, we took turns sitting by her kennel—still allowing her space while getting her used to our presence. Whenever we walked by, we gave her a treat so she would learn to associate us with positive experiences. She continued her barking throughout the week, and still would not allow anyone to approach her. We began to worry she would not turn a corner.
Then, while our adoption coordinator, Hailey, was sitting by her kennel enjoying a snack of cheesepuffs, Ivy’s attention was caught. She really wanted in on those puffs! Hailey shared her comfort food, and in turn Ivy let Hailey pet and leash her. From there, Ivy’s demeanor improved significantly.
Now, you’d never know this happy lady had such a rough start! She’s a completely different pup—if the constantly wagging tail is any indication. Ivy loves pets, especially belly rubs. She’ll even return the favor with kisses! She enjoys sunny days outside, and of course has a taste for cheesy snacks!
If you’re as proud of Ivy’s growth as we are, head to kenthumane.org to submit an application! Due to COVID-19 precautions, the Animal Care Shelter for Kent County is open by appointment only. Once your application is approved, we will set up an appointment with you!
For more information about Ivy and our other adoptable pets, please click on the Adopt menu above where you will also be able to complete our online adoption application.