Potential adopters often look for dogs who are friendly. They want to take home pooches who feel comfortable around people. Unfortunately, not all shelter dogs feel confident around strangers. Some of them need to build trust before they show their cheerful side.
Banjo, a Beagle mix remained at the shelter for three years. He was timid, and he was scared of being around people. He’s also not used to playing indoors.
Banjo was rescued by the Gloucester-Mathew Humane Society in Virginia. He was found when he was only a few months old.
When people visit the shelter, Banjo often keeps his distance. He usually stays in the corner of his kennel, and he doesn’t want to greet potential adopters. Probably because of his behavior, he became the longest resident pooch at the shelter.
Despite the struggle, volunteers and shelter staff still did everything they could to help Banjo get adopted. According to the shelter’s Executive Director, April Martinez, they wouldn’t let Banjo’s past stop him from finding a family.
The shelter staff tried their best to help Banjo get accustomed to being around people. They made him attend a behavioral program which will help him overcome his fear. It’s also a way for Banjo to be at ease whenever there are people around.
They were all determined to find Banjo a forever family. They are willing to wait for two weeks or even three more years. They strongly believe that Banjo will finally get adopted.
The perfect adopters for banjo would be someone who can be patient with him. That person should understand the fact that the pooch needs some time to earn his or her trust.
Good thing, news about Banjo’s story spread over the internet. Not long after that, the shelter received calls from a lot of adoption applicants. On September 13, the shelter finally announced that after three years, Banjo successfully found his forever home.
The shelter staff will still help Banjo get used to being around his new family. Hopefully, Banjo won’t return to the shelter and will finally settle in his newly found forever home.
Thank you to Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society for this wonderful story.