2023 Bark on the Boards   ○   WeLetTheDogsOut

Hailey Marcus

October 14, 2023 11:00am - 2:00pm

Jo's Story: For Tails who Take Time

With Bark on the Boards just around the corner, this year I'm fundraising in honor of one of our more recent fosters, Jo (Joanna). 

Jo was terrified. She'd been found wandering the streets of Dover, Delaware at just 4 months old. At just a few months old, she convinced everyone she was feral; hissing and spitting if they came close. She hid in the back of her kennel; jumping everytime she heard a noise. 

Fellow coworkers roped me in and it was easy to convince Zack. After all, this little girl REALLY needed us. She needed a quiet space to decompress and understand she was safe. She needed humans who didn't want anything from her except to help her heal. She needed time to learn that her entire world didn't have to be feared. Zack and I knew this would be a fun one. When I went to take her from her cage to pack her up, she escaped, which led to a crazy game of catch that luckily left neither of us traumatized. 
 

Jo lived in our bathroom for weeks before she began to trust us. It was the treats that won her over. She loved treats and playtime. Petting took time, but within in a few months, she grew to love being pet, so long as it was on her terms. She was given free range of the apartment, joining the rest of our furry family, and become obsessed with our resident cats, and tolerant of our dog. Serendipitiously, a family friend had a cat who was missing his feline brother who passed away. Being that Jo was so desperate to be friends with our kitties, we knew she would be perfect. Now she's living her best life. She even sleeps on the bed with her human mom!
 

Jo was one of the lucky ones. The start to her story was a terrifying ride - one we'll never completely know or understand. But then she ended up at our shelter, my home, and the it's safe to say her story's ending is more of a fairytale than it was at the start.
She's just one example of what having time means to a scared companion when they're brought into the shelter. And having time costs money. 


That's why I am fundraising for Bark on the Boards. To help raise money to allow those animals who need a little something extra; be it time, medical care, or TLC... some kind of safety net. Because there are a lot of them and I want us to keep being able to provide that cushion to them. 
Please consider donating to ensure that the next animal like Jo gets a chance at the happily ever after they deserve. Every little bit counts!

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