Dog close to one-year anniversary at local shelter

Lisa Goudy
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Shelter dog Sharmyn poses on the tailgate of the humane society's animal rescue vehicle.

By Lisa Goudy

The red nose pitbull Sharmyn has settled in at the local animal shelter after she arrived on Aug. 20, 2011.

“She hasn’t really shown any signs of stress being here. She’s adapted very well to shelter life,” said Karla Pratt, fundraising co-ordinator for the Moose Jaw Humane Society. “It can take as long as it needs to. We want to find her the best home possible and also her forever home.”

Sharmyn is the shelter’s longest-term resident right now. Pratt said Sharmyn was a “repeat offender dog” because she had come in a few times before as a stray until her owners never came back to get her and didn’t answer the humane society’s calls. Pratt added Sharmyn is around four or five years old and was in a home with young children before. As such, she is accustomed to being around children as young as three to four years in her previous home.

“One of the things I think might be holding her back a little bit and this is quite common with some larger dogs is that she does have a fairly strong pretty strong prey drive. So if she was around a cat, there’s a good possibility she would want to catch that cat,” said Pratt, adding that they’ve had similar problems with all breeds of dogs, not just pitbulls.

“She would not be best suited to a home with either cats or small dogs. Otherwise with that being said she is very well rounded. She has very good manners. She loves going for walks.”

For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Humane Society, Times-Herald

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