Update 5/12/17: Adopted!
Curled up in a ball in a shelter cage, the tiny dog has no name; no one knows what her story may have been before she arrived at the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday. On Saturday, the one-year-old Chihuahua’s mandatory hold period for a stray pet was over; still no one came to adopt her.
And then talented amateur photographer John Hwang came by to help. Hwang lives close to the shelter and visits frequently to take photos of needy dogs; then he posts their pictures online hoping to help them find homes. As he has done so many times, the volunteer’s poignant photos capture a fleeting moment in time; perhaps bonding that ethereal relationship only he can see behind the camera lens. No doubt, Hwang carefully studies his subject before quietly approaching:
“She looked timid and withdrawn curled up in a ball inside the cold and lifeless cell. When she noticed me she came right up to the fence. I gently caressed her face, and she wagged her tail. She tried to squeeze her whole body through the fencing, but only managed to get her tiny head through. All she wanted was to be in loving arms,” John wrote under the little dog’s photos on his Facebook page.
Click here for this dog’s adoption listing. “I don’t have a name yet and I’m an approximately 1 year old female chihuahua sh. I am not yet spayed. I have been at the Baldwin Animal Care Center since May 2, 2017. I am available on May 6, 2017. You can visit me at my temporary home at B331.” If you, or anyone you know in L.A., is interested in adopting her, check out her adoption page at the County of Los Angeles’ Department of Animals Care and Control. You can also call the shelter at (626) 962-3577. Her animal ID number is A5056492
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