Dog waited a year to be adopted returned in one week for barking

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Once again Hercules waits at the front door of his kennel hoping someone will take him home. After spending one year at the South Los Angeles Shelter, it was heartbreaking to greet Hercules being returned. A shelter volunteer tells his story:

After a year at the South LA Shelter, he FINALLY got adopted. We were all beyond ecstatic … his day had finally come, one of our longest residents … and like that, ONE WEEK later he’s back.

… Speechless. Why did they return him? Because he was barking at the neighbor’s dogs. He did amazing with the family and kids, but I guess that wasn’t good enough.”

Meet Hercules:

And here he is. Still waiting while his advocates describe themselves as heartbroken at this situation.

“So Hercules is back at the shelter and losing weight, you can tell he is completely broken,” a Facebook post read hoping to help the dog find a new home – this time for a home he can have forever.

Share Hercules’ plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

PetHarbor adoption link.

“My name is Hercules and I am a neutered male, black and white Mixed breed. The shelter thinks I am about 8 years old. I have been at the shelter since Sep 07, 2019”

Mixed breed 60 Lbs 8 yrs

South Los Angeles Shelter aka Chesterfield Square Shelter is located at:
1850 W. 60th St
Los Angeles, CA 90047
Adoption fee of $122 includes spay/neuter, all shots, microchip, medic check, and a free vet check within a week! And plenty of FREE parking.

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4 replies
  1. Dani says:

    Potential adopter needs to know there is more to this return. He was barking reactively toward neighbor dogs. Fence fighting. The adopter’s son could not get him under control or to stop in this situation. This behavior scared him to was too much for him, and made the decision to return Hercules. Unfortunately, not every adopter is going to be experienced enough to deal with unexpected behaviors. I’m one of the volunteers who loves Hercules dearly, and he does not need to be failed by humans again. It’s best to know the full story.
    We also feel Hercules is best as a one and only.
    He qualifies for 6 weeks of FREE training at the Lancaster State Prison with the Paws For Life Shelter Paws program.

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