When little Jessie, a sweet border collie mix, was rescued and taken off the streets of Thailand, everyone assumed she was going to find a home with people who would take great care of her. Hoping for this to happen, the Soi Dog Foundation sent her to U.S, at a shelter in Long Beach, New York.
Our hearts break to say, that now, three years after her rescue, Jessie still didn’t find a family to take her in.
Beth Zimmerman who is a former volunteer at Posh Pets and Long Beach Animal, can’t believe the dog is still at the shelter after so much time. She said:
“It’s very painful to see any animal languish in a shelter for years.”
The shelter staff believes Jessie still hasn’t gotten her happy ending because of a set of circumstances. First, the rough life on the streets made her a loner. She doesn’t really wag her tail when she sees someone approaching so it might be one of the reasons she isn’t appealing to those visiting the shelter.
“She is overlooked repeatedly because she is not initially a ‘warm and fuzzy’ kind of dog,” Zimmerman said. “Beneath her sassy, sometimes tough exterior is a sweet, loving dog who responds to kindness and love in sometimes surprising ways. For example, she is finally rolling over for belly rubs from shelter staff as she is learning that they mean her no harm.”
Another reason, no matter how silly it sounds, might be the color of her fur.
“Perhaps being an all-black dog, she suffers from not presenting as well in online photographs, where people often start the adoption search process,” Zimmerman said.
Everyone did all in their power to find this cute dog a forever family, but all the efforts were in vain. One person in particular, Annie Barbatsuly, a volunteer dog walker at the shelter, is very fond of Jessie and dreams of her leaving the shelter very soon.
“Every time she [Barbatsuly] returns Jessie to the shelter after a daily walk … Jessie drops her head and shoulders, and looks defeated,” Zimmerman said.
“She [Jessie] has seen nearly all of the dogs in the shelter come and go during her nearly three years there,” Zimmerman added. “And last year when she was briefly fostered by Annie while the shelter was under renovation, she adapted to home life as though she had never been in a shelter. She was depressed for a very long time upon her return, after the temporary foster was over.”
However, no one loses hope that one day, hopefully as soon as possible, someone special will come along the way and will realize just how precious Jessie truly is.
Some of the things Jessie enjoys the most is taking long walks, chasing balls, digging in the dirt, and hanging out with other dogs. She is so lovable that whoever decides to open the doors to their home to her will be the luckiest person ever.
“Because she has led such a deprived life, both in Thailand and during her prolonged homelessness in the U.S., she can be protective of the few things that belong to her,” Zimmerman said. “She would do best in a home that is somewhat dog savvy (not a first-time dog parent), where she can be given the time, love and patience to decompress from the intense stress of shelter life.”
Zimmerman sincerely believes that Jessie would make a great pet.
“When shown genuine kindness, she repays it tenfold. In many ways, she’s like a diamond in the rough. Her initial caution can obscure her tremendous spirit and loving nature.”