You see stories on the news on a regular basis about dogs rescued from puppy mills or hoarding situations. What is often not reported is the plethora of behavioral issues all these dogs leave those situations with.
“The primary cause of all of these problems is simply under-socialization,” says Kristen Collins of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “Under-socialized, fearful dogs have a lot of difficulty dealing with pretty much everything normal, adopted dogs experience.”
But, a few years ago, the ASPCA starting working with these dogs at a special training center in New Jersey and the results have been remarkable. A little dog named Coconut is a prime example.
“Coconut wouldn't let us touch her,” says Collins. “I didn't think that we'd necessarily be able to help her -- at all.”
They used innovative therapies that have not only kept the dogs from having to be euthanized but makes them adoptable.
“It's incredible knowing that this dog that had absolutely no options was able to recover with us; that we were able to help her learn to enjoy life and eventually become a pet.”
And soon, North Carolina will play a big role in this when the ASPCA completes a new $9 million, 30,000-square-foot facility to do more of this work in Weaverville, north of Asheville. See how it all works in this edition of the Buckley Report.