Dog thrown out of moving car and spent 660 days at SC shelter still looking for a forever home
‘Loving’ dog who was kicked out of a moving car and spent 660 days at a South Carolina animal shelter is still looking for a forever home
- Perez, 2 1/2 year old pit bull mix, was with the Florence Avenue Humane Society
- The dog was taken to the shelter after being thrown from a moving car
- Jayne Boswell, president of the Florence Area Humane Society, said Perez “has to be a dog, chase a ball and interact with people.”
Perez has been waiting for a forever home at a South Carolina animal shelter for more than 660 days.
The two-and-a-half-year-old pit bull mix arrived at the Florence Area Humane Society in the most inhumane circumstances after being thrown by one moving vehicle when he was a puppy.
“That was poor Perez’s life… abuse, neglect, trauma and confinement,” the shelter wrote on its Facebook page. “Please help us turn things around for this sweet and loving boy and find him a caring home.”
Jayne BoswellPresident of the Florence Area Humane Society, also known as Jayne Boswell Animal Shelter, told DailyMail.com that Perez is a friendly, outgoing, energetic dog who needs to come out of the shelter as there is no room for a dog to live long term life.
“It’s not their fault they weren’t born into a loving home,” she said. “Perez needs some interaction and needs to get out and be a dog and play and be able to chase a ball and have interactions with people.”
The two-and-a-half-year-old pit bull mix came to the Florence Area Humane Society in the most inhumane circumstances after being thrown from a moving vehicle as a puppy
Boswell said there are currently 70 to 80 dogs at her shelter and about 10 to 20 of them are in foster care.
She said Perez’s situation pointed to a national crisis. There are many other dogs at her shelter, just like Perez.
“Our shelter is overcrowded,” she adds. “Adult dogs, especially larger breeds, are not as in demand as smaller dogs and puppies.”
About 70 percent of their dogs also have heartworm, a parasite that needs treatment or it can be fatal. The prevalence of the parasite is partly due to the fact that the strays come from homes where they have not been given heartworm medication.
Boswell told DailyMail.com they don’t have a vet at their shelter. “We need access to veterinary services and spaying – there are no laws in our community that encourage spaying.
Dogs with heartworm can be treated, but it costs between $500 and $800, and animal shelters rely entirely on donations.
Boswell said they offer heartworm treatment to help a dog find a home, but said it puts a financial strain on the shelter.
“We are constantly fundraising and totally dependent on donations, which while generous, never seem to be enough,” she said.
“Perez needs some interaction and needs to get out and be a dog and play and be able to chase a ball and have interactions with people,” Jayne Boswell, president of the Florence Area Humane Society, told DailyMail.com
An exterior photo of the Jayne Boswell Animal Shelter in Florence, South Carolina
Another obstacle is that as a volunteer organization they often struggle to provide enough for each dog once.
“It breaks our hearts that we have dogs and puppies that are raised in kennels. We would like to remodel our kennels to be more conducive to emotional health, which is just as important as physical well-being.’
She added, “Having them in a kennel day in and day out with limited options isn’t fair to these dogs…most of the dogs that we see that find homes thrive.”
However, most dogs take at least three months to adjust to their new surroundings, and pet owners should be patient.
Currently, their shelter needs volunteers, adopters, foster parents, and people to open up their homes, even temporarily, Boswell said, to give the pups a chance to come out, get human interaction, and really be just a dog.
Those interested in learning more about Perez can contact the Florence Area Humane Society at LetMeHelpFAHS@gmail.com
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