INTAKE DATE – 4/22/2019
*** 12 years young and given up for a NEW BABY! *** ☹
How can people live with themselves. Oreo is a wonderful senior gentleman who gave 12 years of his life to his family, only to be shunted aside when their “new baby” came along. Sure, he was confused at first and didn’t know what to make of this squirming, squealing bundle and so he growled when he saw it clamped to his mother's breast. Was it hurting her? And to reinforce his anxiety, the minute he growled, they shunted him out the door and made him live in their cold back yard. Imagine living your whole life indoors, being part of a family, only to be marginalized and left sitting in the cold and rain and looking up at them through the windows with pain and hope for forgiveness? It’s cruel, and more than that, it showed how very little they thought of their senior friend. And let’s take a look at his track record. This frosty faced, lovebug lived with and was tolerant of 2 other young children and there was never an issue. At the shelter he was utilized as a ** greeter dog ** in playgroup! Now he is alone and lonely at the shelter, his eyes full of sadness and loss. Despite how unworthy his family was of him, he longs to be home with them. Won’t you take Oreo in? He deserves to spend his golden years surrounded in love and living in comfort. Please Message our page or email us at MustLoveDogsNYC@gmail.com if you can save his life.
OREO, ID# 60738, 12 yrs old, 62 lbs, Unaltered Male
Brooklyn ACC, Large Mixed Breed, Black / White
Owner Surrender Reason: NEW BABY
Shelter Assessment Rating: LEVEL 3
No Children (under 13)
Medical Behavior Rating: 2. Blue
OWNER SURRENDER NOTES - BASIC INFORMATION: Oreo is an approx 12 year old large black and white male dog his owners got from a friend and that was surrendered to BACC due to them having a new baby. Oreo previously lived with 2 adults and 2 children. Oreo is shy around strangers and will whine or bark. Oreo will remain distant of strangers but be tolerant of them. Oreo has grown up with two children, one 5 year old and a new born. Oreo was described as usually tolerant of the 5 year old but has been growling towards the new born when nursing. Oreo has not been around other dogs, it is unknown how he would behave. He has not been around cats either, it is unknown how he would behave. Oreo will guard his food and his treats by growling. Oreo is not bothered when his toys are moved. He has no bite history, is partially housetrained and his owners describe his energy level as medium.
Other Notes: Oreo is not bothered when moved from furniture, when his sleep is interrupted, when held or restrained, when given a bath or when his coat is brushed. Oreo is afraid when someone touches his feet. Oreo will bark if someone approaches the house or family member.
For a New Family to Know: Oreo is described as playful, pushy, and anxious. Oreo runs around and loves going out on walks. Oreo will follow someone around when they are home. Oreo will play with balls, stuffed toys, and chew toys. Oreo will play tug and chase. Oreo was kept mostly indoors until a month ago where he was kept outdoors only. Oreo has been fed both wet and dry food 3 times a day. Oreo likes bacon as treats. Oreo is partially house trained and will have accidents a few times a month. Oreo will use the potty on grass or cement. Oreo will go potty indoors or bark and whine when left home alone. Oreo will bark and dig when left alone in the yard. Oreo understands how to sit and come and will play in the yard for exercise. Oreo pulls very hard on the leash and when off the leash he will wander but come when called.
INTAKE NOTES – DATE OF INTAKE, 04-22-2019: Behavior during intake: Oreo was very aloof and was whining during intake. Oreo allowed to be collared, scanned for a microchip, and have a leash placed on him. Oreo has a loose body at the end of intake and approached counselor and allowed petting.
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home): Owner surrender
Previously lived with: 2 Adults, 2 Children (newborn, 5)
Behavior toward strangers: Shy, whines or barks, avoids, but tolerant
Behavior toward children: Tolerant w/ 5yo; Growled at newborn
Behavior toward dogs: Unknown
Behavior toward cats: Unknown
Resource guarding: Oreo is reported by his previous owner to growl over his food and treats. No resource guarding reported over toys.
Bite history: None reported
Energy level/descriptors: Oreo is described as playful, pushy and anxious with a medium level of energy.
SHELTER ASSESSMENT SUMMARIES
Strength and pulling: Mild pulling
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: None
Leash walking comments:
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Neutral body and tail, explores somewhat, checks in with handlers, solicits attention, some tail wags, stress yawn, leans into and accepts contact
Call over: Approaches readily, soft and loose
Soft handling: Soft and loose, panting, stress yawn, lip licking, tail wagging, leans into and accepts all contact
Exuberant handling: Soft and loose, panting, stress yawn, lip licking, tail wagging, leans into and accepts all contact
Jog: Follows handler, soft and loose, tail high, mouth open
Knock Comments: Pulls toward door when assistant exits and whines; No response to knock; Pulls toward door as assistant enters, seeking exit
Toy comments: Minimal interest
PLAYGROUP NOTES - DOG TO DOG SUMMARIES:
According to Oreo's previous owner, he has not been around other dogs, so his past behavior around other dogs is unknown.
4/23: When off leash at the Care Center, Oreo is introduced to a novel female dog. He greets the female with a neutral body posture and explores the yard. he is tolerant of the female's persistent genital sniffs but keeps to himself as he explores.
4/24: Oreo was slightly tense, circulating around with the greeter when exchanging sniffs. After several seconds, he walks away and explores the yard.
4/25: Oreo was utilized as a greeter today due to a lack of greeters. He was slightly sexually motivated today when he was introduced to novel females. He listens to handler interruptions and walks away to explore the pens.
INTAKE BEHAVIOR - Date of intake: 22-Apr-2019
Summary: Initially aloof, whining, allowed handling; warmed up, loose body, approached staff
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR - Date of initial: 23-Apr-2019
Summary: Tail wagging, some whale eye with handling of head or face, muzzled as a precaution
ENERGY LEVEL: Oreo has been observed to exhibit a medium level of energy during his interactions in the care center.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: Level 3
Behavior Asilomar TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations: No children (under 13)
Recommendations comments: No children (under 13): Due to Oreo's reported resource guarding and initial fearful behavior, as well as the observed fearful behavior and anxiety in the care center, it is recommended that Oreo be placed in an adult only home to ensure his success. We advise safe and appropriate management when handling Oreo. Force-free, reward based training only is advised, as well as utilizing guidance from a qualified, professional trainer/behaviorist.
Potential challenges comments:
House soiling: Oreo is reported by his previous owner to be partially house broken. Please refer to the handout on House soiling.
Resource guarding: Oreo's previous owner reported him to growl over his food and treats, but not over toys. This behavior has not been observed in the care center. Please refer to the handout on Resource guarding.
Fearful: Oreo's previous owner reported Oreo to display initial fearfulness when meeting new people, where he is shy, avoids contact and has escalated to whining or barking before warming up. During his intake, Oreo exhibited some initial timidity, but warmed up on his own. He was not observed to escalate beyond whale eyeing or somewhat avoiding contact. Please refer to the handout on Fearful behavior.
Anxiety: Oreo exhibited anxious behavior during his interactions in the care center. Oreo displayed some stress yawns and lip licking during his assessment, as well as whined and pulled toward the door when a staff member exited the room. Please refer to the handout on Anxiety.
MEDICAL EXAM NOTES
Bloodwork has been uploaded to vet documents. Shelter Staff.
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: 12 years. Microchip noted on Intake? No. Microchip Number (If Applicable): NA. History: Owner surrender
Subjective: BARH, no coughing/sneezing/vomiting/diarrhea. Observed behavior: Wagging tail, some whale eye, especially when face or head is handled. Muzzled for treatments. Evidence of cruelty seen: No. Evidence of trauma seen: No. Objective: P: WNL, R: WNL, BCS: 8/9. OP: Mucous membranes pink and moist. CRT <2. Severe calculus/gingivitis. EENT: Ears and nares clear bilaterally, no discharge noted. Nuclear sclerosis OU
PLN: Small/soft/symmetrical/nonpainful. CV: No murmurs or arrhythmias, pulses strong and synchronous. RESP: Eupneic, no crackles/wheezes
GI: Soft, nonpainful, no palpable masses. UG: Male intact, two descended testicles, no discharge. INT: Good hair coat, no areas of alopecia or pruritus, no ectoparasites or masses noted. MS: Ambulatory x4, no pain on palpation of epaxials. NEURO: Mentation appropriate, cranial nerves intact, no deficits noted. CBC: WNL, Chemistry: WNL T4: WNL 1.4 (1-4 mg/dL),PCV/TS: WNL 52%, 7.8 mg/Dl. Assessment: -Obese, -Dental disease. Prognosis: Fair. Plan: -CBC/Chem/T4. Surgery: Permanent waiver due to age.
*** TO FOSTER OR ADOPT ***
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Shelter contact information:
Phone number (212) 788-4000
Brooklyn Shelter: 2336 Linden Boulevard Brooklyn, NY 11208
Manhattan Shelter: 326 East 110 St. New York, NY 10029
Staten Island Shelter: 3139 Veterans Road West Staten Island, NY 10309
*** NEW NYC ACC RATING SYSTEM ***
Dogs with Level 1 determinations are suitable for the majority of homes. These dogs are not displaying concerning behaviors in shelter, and the owner surrender profile (where available) is positive. Some dogs with Level 1 determinations may still have potential challenges, but these are challenges that the behavior team believe can be handled by the majority of adopters. The potential challenges could include no young children, prefers to be the only dog, no dog parks, no cats, kennel presence, basic manners, low level fear and mild anxiety.
Dogs with Level 2 determinations will be suitable for adopters with some previous dog experience. They will have displayed behavior in the shelter (or have owner reported behavior) that requires some training, or is simply not suitable for an adopter with minimal experience. Dogs with a Level 2 determination may have multiple potential challenges and these may be presenting at differing levels of intensity, so careful consideration of the behavior notes will be required for counselling. Potential challenges at Level 2 include no young children, single pet home, resource guarding, on-leash reactivity, mouthiness, fear with potential for escalation, impulse control/arousal, anxiety and separation anxiety.
Dogs with Level 3 determinations will need to go to homes with experienced adopters, and the ACC strongly suggest that the adopter have prior experience with the challenges described and/or an understanding of the challenge and how to manage it safely in a home environment. In many cases, a trainer will be needed to manage and work on the behaviors safely in a home environment. It is likely that every dog with a Level 3 determination will have a behavior modification or training plan available to them from the behavior department that will go home with the adopters and be made available to the New Hope Partners for their fosters and adopters. Some of the challenges seen at Level 3 are also seen at Level 1 and Level 2, but when seen alongside a Level 3 determination can be assumed to be more severe. The potential challenges for Level 3 determinations include adult only home (no children under the age of 13), single pet home, resource guarding, on-leash reactivity with potential for redirection, mouthiness with pressure, potential escalation to threatening behavior, impulse control, arousal, anxiety, separation anxiety, bite history (human), bite history (dog) and bite history (other).