TO BE KILLED 2/14/19
“...and you could see it in her eyes; where she kept all the hearts she put before her own.” 🕊 owner surrender, warrior, lover, angel.
Shy and mellow Zena Sunshine is so sweet. Sadly her family decided to surrender her to a Kill Shelter after 9 years in the home! As the reason they stated that they cannot keep her in the home during renovation and are unable to rehome her :( Zena lived in harmony with 2 children - 2 and 9 years old - and was friendly, affectionate, playful and gentle around them. She is friendly around strangers too and allows them to pet her. Let's help this sweetheart find a new forever home! One, where a renovation is not the reason for leaving her behind! Please share!
Volunteer Misha Barbour writes:
There are so many opportunities to find a “favorite” at a shelter. Favorite size, favorite breed, favorite personality. It’s impossible for me to choose amongst the first two. But if I’m honest my favorite personality is the shy-but-secretly-spunky girl.
Freudian? Maybe, though my shy days are spottier with age. But I love a strong, independent spirit combined with the grace that can only exist after years of a full life lived. “Lived,” meaning the ups and downs, and Zena Sunshine has had both.
Zena comes to us as an owner surrender, living with one family for all of her 9 years. And though she turns warm and friendly, spunky and bright with time, she is cautious initially as anyone is when all past experiences haven’t been good. She’s also obviously been a mama more than one time over, so one can assume she’s known nurture but also loss.
But before you start feeling sympathy for Zena you’ll want to leash her up for a walk to the park. Then watch her stroll turn to strut, her eyes turn up at their corners, and her mouth fall open into the grin of a girl the moment the sun hits her face.
Just be ready with treats and photos? Fine, but don’t expect many smiles or dawdle. Zena has more on her mind. Like exploring, snuggling, looking, seeing, being seen. And feeling loved.
Another volunteer writes:
"A volunteer says:There is no place like home! A precious sentence Zena Sunshine holds close to her heart like a gold locket. She belonged to a family for nine long years and yearns to be once again a beloved member but forever this time. Zena Sunshine is a stern beauty who at times offers a glimpse of a smile. With her "familiars" at the care center, she wags her tail, ventures on a bench for caresses and kisses or even goes for a run through open pens. After a good walk, Zena Sunshine opens up in the park, searching the leaves, nearing peacefully dogs and birds and finally rests her body on her caretaker's lap, asking for pets and dreaming of a new home. Will you open your heart to beautiful Zena and let more sunshine into your life? Come and meet her soon at the Manhattan Care Center!"
Zena Sunshine is pure perfection <3
ZENA SUNSHINE, ID# 54308, 9yrs old, XX lbs, Manhattan Animal Care Center, Medium Mixed Breed Cross, Brown Brindle Female,
Owner Surrender Reason: O is unable to keep P in home during renovation and unable to successfully rehome.
Shelter Assessment Rating: LEVEL 1 (the best!)
No young children (under 5) due to some touch sensitivity on her back legs
Medical Behavior Rating:
OWNER SURRENDER NOTES - BASIC INFORMATION: Zena is approximately a 9 year old female brown brindle medium mixed breed dog. Zena lived with previous owner for 9 years. Zena was surrendered because her owner could not care for her. Zena previously lived with four adults and two children. aged 2 and 9 years old. Zena is described as being friendly, affectionate, playful and is gentle with them and she is described as being friendly with strangers. Zena will allow strangers to pet her. Zena has not interacted with other dogs. She previously lived with a 1 year old female cat. Zena would chase the cat around and her previous owner would have to tell her no to stop chasing after the cat. Zena would snap when the cat would swat her. Zena is not bothered when her food or bowl is touched while she is eating. Zena is not bothered when a toy, treat or bone is taken away from her. Zena has never bitten another animal or human. She is housetrained and has a low energy level.
Zena is not bothered when she hears fireworks or loud noises. Zena is not bothered when being bathed. Zena has never had her nails trimmed. Zena is not bothered when being told to get off of furniture. When an unfamiliar approaches her owner during walks, Zena will growl at the person.
Has this dog ever had any medical issues?
Zena has no known medical issues.
For a New Family to Know
Zena is a friendly, affectionate, playful, shy and mellow dog. When at home, Zena will follow you around and likes to be with you. Zena loves to play with chew bones. Zena was kept mostly indoors and was fed Pedrigee dry and wet dog food once a day. Zena is house trained and will go potty outdoors. Zena has never been crate trained. For exercise, Zena is taken out for walks 4-5 times a day. Zena will sometimes pull hard on the leash. When off the leash, Zena will stay by your side.
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):
Owner Surrender (in home 9 yrs)
Previously lived with: 4 Adults, 2 children (2 &9 yrs), 1 cat
Behavior toward strangers: Friendly, allows petting
Behavior toward children: Friendly, affectionate, playful, gentle
Behavior toward cats: Chases housemate, snaps when swatted
Resource guarding: None reported
Bite history: None reported
Energy level/descriptors:Low energy level
Previous owner says "Zena is not bothered when she hears fireworks or loud noises. Zena is not bothered when being bathed. Zena has never had her nails trimmed. Zena is not bothered when being told to get off of furniture. When an unfamiliar approaches her owner during walks, Zena will growl at the person. Zena is a friendly, affectionate, playful, shy and mellow dog. When at home, Zena will follow you around and likes to be with you. Zena loves to play with chew bones. Zena was kept mostly indoors and was fed Pedrigee dry and wet dog food once a day. Zena is house trained and will go potty outdoors. Zena has never been crate trained. For exercise, Zena is taken out for walks 4-5 times a day. Zena will sometimes pull hard on the leash."
SHELTER ASSESSMENT - Date of assessment: 8-Feb-2019
Strength and pulling: None
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: None
Leash walking comments: None
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Highly social
Call over: Approaches readily
Sociability comments: Soft, loose body
Soft handling: Seeks contact
Exuberant handling: Accepts contact
Handling comments: Shied away when back legs were touched
Jog: Followed loosely
Knock: Approached loosely
Toy: No response
PLAYGROUP NOTES – DOG TO DOG SUMMARIES:
2/8/19: When off leash with another dog, Zena Sunshine initially is soft when greeting. However, she will stiffen slightly with prolonged greeting.
INTAKE BEHAVIOR - Date of intake: 7-Feb-2019
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR - Date of initial: 7-Feb-2019
Summary: Whale eye, low growl, loose body
Zena Sunshine has a low energy level.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: Level 1
Behavior Asilomar H - Healthy
No young children (under 5)
Zena Sunshine has some touch sensitivity on her back legs, so due to this we recommend she not be placed in a home with no young children.
Potential challenges comments:
Zena Sunshine has been noted to become uncomfortable with handling her back legs. It is important to always go slow and give dog the option to walk away from any social interaction. Zena should never be forced to approach anything that she is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Zenas choice to approach a new person or thing. Sena Sunshine may do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to her new surroundings. Please see the handout on Touch Sensitivity to help manage this behavior.
MEDICAL EXAM NOTES
Spay-Neuter Waiver Documentation
[Spay/Neuter Waiver - Age]
It is the policy of ACC not to perform surgery on any animal over the age of 8-10 years due to the higher risks incurred in a shelter setting. The veterinarian is hereby issuing a permanent spay/neuter waiver, from the spay/neuter requirements of the City of NY due to the estimated age of this animal. ACC does recommend you consult with your veterinarian to determine if surgical sterilization is appropriate.
DVM Intake Exam
Estimated age: ~9yrs based on O hx. consistent with exam
Microchip noted on Intake? scanned negative. placed by LVT
History : Surrendered by O. O is unable to keep P in home during renovation and unable to successfully rehome.
Subjective / Observed Behavior - BAR, ears pinned back and whale eyed. Sniffs hand and then walks away. Low growling, tail low, loose body during examination.
Evidence of Cruelty seen - none
Evidence of Trauma seen - none
EENT: Eyes clear, ears have moderate brown exudate, AU; no nasal or ocular discharge noted
Oral Exam: did not evaluate
PLN: No enlargements noted
H/L: No murmur ausculted; CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic
ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated
U/G: intact female. no scar or tattoo seen. 2inch pendulous mammary mass
MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites,healthy hair coat; multiple small dermal non haired masses throughout body, ranging from 3mm to 1cm -- along L caudal ear, right shoulder, right caudal antebrachium and left flank.
CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities
Rectal: externally normal.
multiple dermal masses r/o benign vs malignant
mammary mass r/o benign vs malignant
fair to good.
claro otic -- none in stock at this time
recommend behavioral assessment.
recommend biopsies of masses
Permanent waiver due to age
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