Many shelter pups bark and demand attention from passersby, hoping to be noticed and adopted. But for Iris, it’s quite the opposite.
Iris spent two years fighting to survive as a stray in Georgia with her sister pup, Daffodil, and now that she had been taken in by Fulton County Shelter, she spent most of her time with her nose pressed against the corner as though she had just shut down and given up. She refused to move, eat, or respond to pets.
A volunteer with the shelter, Laurel-Ann Dooley, knew Iris wouldn’t survive long. So she made a Facebook post about the pup, hoping that someone would swoop in and save her – and someone did just that. The BarkVille Dog Rescue began directing their foster families to the post, trying to see if anyone could give Iris a temporary home.
When Lin Rocke spotted the photograph of the poor, depressed pup, the former veterinary technician knew she could help. She had the expertise necessary to help nurse Iris from her starvation, fear, and heartworms, so she asked her husband if she could take her in. He agreed, and Rocke soon took Iris home.
Iris spent her first night crammed into her crate, pushing herself against a corner and refusing to move. But, day by day, she began to find other suitable corners. Soon, she moved from her crate to a daybed nearby. Rocke was able to then sit next to the pup and do her work, so Iris could get used to her.
Iris also got to meet Letty, Rocke’s own pup, who slowly began to teach Iris how to move around and be a dog. With Letty’s support, Iris’ bravery grows every day – very gradually, but it grows nonetheless!
Rocke knows that, one day, Iris will have healed enough to be ready for adoption. For now, though, it’s all about patience, and allowing Iris to learn that people love her and that she has nothing to fear.
Feature Image Source: Facebook/Laurel-Ann Dooley