Australian shepherd pup with ‘whale eyes and ears back’ not aggressive but just scared

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At the Miami-Dade Animal Services, a young Australian shepherd mix little more than a year-old is terrified in her shelter cage.

The tricolor dog, named Martha (ID#A2255637) was found as a stray and has been available for adoption since July 9. Her advocate spent time with her and describes Martha:

“Pet observed in kennel
Pet is fearful.
Pet attempts to avoid contact, doesn’t show aggression but is tense. Pet is frozen at the back of cage, whale eyes and ears back.
Pet was moved to quieter room.
Offered a different treat, pet was reluctant to take them but then took them from my hand and gently. Pet was more trusting. Pet came up to kennel door and was more relax.”
Check out Martha’s video:
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Martha is now past due and can be euthanized at anytime for space. Please share her plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media organizations. Sharing saves lives.
#A2255637 I am a female tricolor Australian Shepherd mix.
The shelter staff think I am about 1 year and 7 months old.
I was found as a stray and I may be available for adoption on 07/09/2021.
Please see below – adoptions are made in person at at the shelter
Miami Dade Animal Services
3599 NW 79th Avenue, Doral, Florida 33166
Call 305-884-1101 or e mail




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3 replies
  1. Bunny Peters says:

    She is absolutely gorgeous!!! She looks well cared for. Too bad she’s not chipped……. her family could have been contacted.
    I hope someone local can open their heart and home for her. I am in the Seattle area and already have 4 “littles“….. I am heartsick at the thought of this precious little treasure being euthanized for being afraid. Fear in a shelter is not unusual.
    As I stated before, she does not look like she was “wandering around the streets for weeks”. She looks like a lost furbaby who is overwhelmed by her shelter surroundings.


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