**** TO BE KILLED - 4/16/2019 ****
THE DEFINITION OF BEAUTY and inspiration awaits at the Brooklyn ACC. Meet Kitty, the biggest and most beautiful Kitty ever to be found. She's a young, charismatic, sociable and affectionate doggie who will put a smile on any face in need. Check out her video, and see the proof! Kitty is an experienced house pet, who adored the child she grew up with. Upon intake, she was hesitant and frightened, as most are, but she has blossomed and continues to shine. Her smile alone is worth it's weight in gold, her eyes are big, bright and sincere. Volunteers adore her, it is very clear they enjoy spending time with her. She is that uplifting. For whoever enjoys a tail wagging, attention seeking and happy spirited best friend, Kitty would love to meet you. She has the misfortune of being fast tracked to the kill list instead of having the opportunity to have a fair chance at being adopted. If you are interested in temporarily fostering for free, or adopting this gem, please message this page now.
Hello, my name is Kitty
My animal id is #59554
I am a female black dog at the
Brooklyn Animal Care Center
The shelter thinks I am about 3 years old, 58 lbs
Came into shelter as owner surrender Apr. 9, 2019
Reason Stated: OTHER
Kitty is rescue only
Kitty was placed at risk due to behavioral concerns; Although she has shown signs of improvement since her admission to the care center, solicits attention and seeks contact, Kitty has initially displayed fearful behavior with the potential for defensive aggression, handling sensitivity and kennel presence. Along with these observed behaviors, Kitty also displayed some anxiety during her assessment. As a result, we feel she would be best set up to succeed if placed with an experienced rescue partner who can allow her to acclimate and decompress at her own pace prior to seeking placement in an adult-only home. Force-free, reward-based training only is advised when introducing or exposing Kitty to new and unfamiliar situations. Kitty was diagnosed with a Cherry eye, otherwise healthy.
You may know me from such films as...
My medical notes are...
Weight: 58.2 lbs
DVM Intake Exam
Estimated age: 3y
Microchip noted on Intake? no
Microchip Number (If Applicable):
History : owner surrender
Subjective: BARH, no noted appetite or elimination
Observed Behavior - would cry, thrash and nip constantly had to be muzzled and firmly restrained
Evidence of Cruelty seen - no
Evidence of Trauma seen - no
P = wnl
R = wnl
EENT: Eyes clear OD cherry eye, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted
Oral Exam: muzzled
PLN: No enlargements noted
H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic
ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated
U/G: female intact, no leakage or discharge
MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat
CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities
Rectal: visually normal
Assessment cherry eye
Plan: recommend cherry eye reduction when possible
recommend artificial tears BID if patient will tolerate
5 mg/kg trazadone PO BID
Okay for surgery
Trazodone requested by behavior, started with intake 4/10.
Details on my behavior are...
Behavior Condition: 5. Red
Behavior during intake: Kitty was hard barking, lunging, and snarling at counselor. Counselor requested owner to place a collar on her and to scan for a microchip. No handling was done by counselor.
Date of Intake: 4/9/2019
Basic Information:: Kitty is an approx 3 year old black and white large female dog that was surrendered to BACC due to owner not having space for her.
Previously lived with:: 2 adults 1 child
How is this dog around strangers?: Kitty is fearful of strangers and will bark at them or shy away.
How is this dog around children?: Kitty has grown up with a 9 year old child and was described as relaxed, respectful, and tolerant. Kitty plays gently.
How is this dog around other dogs?: Kitty has not been around dogs.
How is this dog around cats?: Kitty has not been around cats.
Resource guarding:: Kitty has no reported resource guarding.
Bite history:: Kitty has no bite history.
Energy level/descriptors:: high
Other Notes:: Kitty is not bothered when held or restrained, when pulled off furniture, when given a bath, when his coat is brushed, or when his paws are touched. Kitty will bark if someone approaches the house and is not bothered when someone approaches the family member.
For a New Family to Know: Kitty is described as friendly, affectionate, playful, and excitable. Kitty will follow someone around and be in the same room as them when someone is home. Kitty will play with balls and sticks and play fetch. Kitty has been kept mostly indoors and will sleep in the hallway. Kitty has been fed dry food 2 times a day. Kitty is house trained and will use the potty on wee-wee pads and on any surface outside. Kitty is well behaved when left home alone and understands how to stay. Kitty will go on brisk walks on the leash and pulls very hard.
Date of intake:: 4/9/2019
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner surrender
Previously lived with:: 2 Adults, 1 Child (9)
Behavior toward strangers:: Fearful, barks and avoids
Behavior toward children:: Relaxed, respectful, tolerant and plays gently (w/resident child)
Behavior toward dogs:: Unknown
Behavior toward cats:: Unknown
Resource guarding:: None reported.
Bite history:: None reported.
Energy level/descriptors:: Kitty is described as friendly, affectionate, playful and excitable with a high level of energy.
Summary:: Leash Walking
Strength and pulling: Mild pulling
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: None
Leash walking comments:
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Social, stays near handlers, panting, soft and loose body, wagging tail, solicits attention by jumping up onto handler, seeks and accepts all contact, jumps up onto handler's chair
Call over: Approaches readily, soft and loose, wagging tail
Soft handling: Soft and loose body, leans into contact, panting, accepts all contact
Exuberant handling: Soft and loose body, leans into contact, panting, soft and slow head flip, accepts all contact
Handling comments: Immediately after completing the handling, Kitty engages in play, bows and jumps up on the handlers chair softly, then jumps up onto handler softly and back up onto the chair before settling on her own
Jog: Engages in play with handler, soft and loose, tail high and wagging
Knock Comments: No response to knock; Does not immediately approach assistant, approaches somewhat with coaxing, tail wagging and soft body and moves away
Toy comments: No interest
Summary:: According to Kitty's previous owners, she was not socialized with other dogs while in their care. Her past behavior around other dogs is unknown.
4/10: Kitty was uncomfortable with handling, giving the handler a clear warning by low growling, snapping, and yelping when an attempt was made to place a collar on her. Her warning was respected and attempts to place a collar on her were suspended. She greeted a novel male dog through the gate and displayed a nervous posture; ears back and low head with a tucked body and tail. She remained wary of the handlers and attempted to put distance between herself and the handler numerous times.
4/11: Today's session in group, Kitty still remains wary of handlers and would evade them when they were attempting to place the collar on her. She was initially conflicted with the handler that was holding her lead. Kitty did jump up on her, panting with low tail wags. But then when another handler made an attempt to place the collar on her, she would yelp, head whip, and then flattened her body on the ground. Handlers walked her around the pens once more to allow her to decompress, before attempting once more. Handlers were able to successfully collar Kitty and brought her to the gate for a gate greet with a novel male. She greeted the novel male dog through the gate and displayed a nervous posture; ears back and low head with a tucked body and tail. Due to concerns for Kitty's stress levels, an off-leash interaction was not conducted.
4/14: Today, Kitty was introduced to a novel male. She briefly greeted a novel male while passing with a softer body but mostly kept to herself as she explored the pens. As she explored, Kitty would follow closely to handlers avoiding the male. She did tense when the male greeted her face to face and gave appropriate social cues - look aways and lip licks- which the male was slow to listen to. When the male is interrupted by handlers, Kitty walks away.
Date of intake:: 4/9/2019
Summary:: Hard barked, lunged and snarled toward staff, no further handling performed
Date of initial:: 4/9/2019
Summary:: Cry, thrash and nip, muzzled
ENERGY LEVEL:: Kitty has been observed to exhibit a high level of energy during her interactions in the care center. We cannot be certain of her behavior in a home environment, but we recommend that she be provided daily mental and physical stimulation as an outlet for her energy.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: Additional Behavior During Intake (4/19/19):
Kitty approached the staff member's hand with a tense body and then walked away. Owner was telling Kitty to go back to the staff member, when the staff member said, "Hi Kitty" and she hard barked in response before retreating. After the intake was done, once the staff member began to move around the room, Kitty approached and started hard barking, lunging, and snarling at the staff member. Kitty was later muzzled by owner and when handler came to get her, Kitty began to alligator roll and lunged toward the handler before being removed.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: New Hope Only
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: No children (under 13): Due to Kitty's initial overall level fear, we feel she would be best set up to succeed in an adult only home at this time.
Place with a New Hope partner: Although she has shown significant improvement since her admission to the care center, solicits attention and seeks contact, Kitty has initially displayed fearful behavior with the potential for defensive aggression, handling sensitivity and kennel presence. Along with these observed behaviors, Kitty also displayed some anxiety during her assessment. As a result, we feel she would be best set up to succeed if placed with an experienced rescue partner who can allow her to acclimate and decompress at her own pace prior to seeking placement in an adult-only home. Force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing or exposing Kitty to new and unfamiliar situations.
Potential challenges: : Handling/touch sensitivity,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,Anxiety,Kennel presence
Potential challenges comments:: Handling/touch sensitivity: Although she has shown significant in improvement since her admission to the care center, Kitty has initially displayed handling sensitivity, observed on multiple occasions. When approached, Kitty has escalated to barking, lunging, snarling and snapping toward staff members. During her medical exam, Kitty was observed to cry, thrash and snap toward handlers. When attempting to remove her from her kennel, Kitty initially would avoid all attempts at handling or contact. Please refer to the handout on Handling/touch sensitivity.
Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Although she has shown significant improvement since her admission to the care center, Kitty has initially displayed fearful behavior with the potential for defensive aggression, observed on multiple occasions. When uncomfortable, Kitty has escalated to barking, lunging, snarling and snapping toward staff members when approached or being handled. Please refer to the handout on Fearful/potential for defensive aggression.
Anxiety: Kitty displayed anxious behavior during her interactions in the care center. She was observed to pant excessively throughout her assessment. Should this behavior arise in a home environment, please refer to the handout on Anxiety/anxious behavior.
Kennel presence: Although she has shown significant improvement since her admission to the care center, Kitty has initially displayed kennel presence, observed on multiple occasions. When approaching her kennel, Kitty has been observed to hard bark toward the kennel door before fleeing to the back of the kennel. Please refer to the handout on Kennel presence.
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