Captain Kirk's life has been quite an adventure. We are not sure what his younger life was like, but when he was about 2 years old he ended up at the Yonkers Animal Shelter. There he was adored by staff and volunteers alike and was well cared for. After some time there he still had not found a home and the volunteers put their heads together to come up with a plan to get him adopted. They decided to raise money and send him to a trainer, hoping that once he was fully trained, a family would want to take him home!
They raised the money and drove him to a trainer who had worked wonders with one of their previous dogs. They gave him lots of love as they said goodbye and they wished him well and good luck in finding a loving home. They assumed that while in training he would be loved and well cared for and they trusted that the trainer would be able to teach him all the skills needed to be the perfect family pet.
Two years later the volunteers were told the trainer decided Kirk was unfit for adoption and they planned to euthanize him. The volunteers were confused, how could the sweet and lovable dog they knew be unfit for adoption? They decided they would not let him be euthanize and they asked Adopt-A-Dog to go see what was going on with Kirk.
As soon as we saw the condition Kirk was in, we knew we had to help him. The trainer that was supposed to love and care for him had become ill and was not able to give Kirk the care he needed. Instead, they kept him in an outdoor yard where he received very little human interaction or affection. He was infested with fleas and developed flea dermatitis, losing a large amount of his hair, and went untreated for a very long time. The trainer ever admitted that one of his techniques for correction was to hit Kirk repeatedly with a cane. After several hours, we were able to convince them not to euthanize Kirk, and instead to give him to us.
We have spent the past three months treating Kirk physically in addition to building his spirit back up. We believe he is now truly ready for a loving family to give him a happily ever after! He is not good with other animals, however he is in a training program with us to manage this behavior. Any family that is interested in adopting him, and receiving all the love, kisses and devotion he has saved up, will be given free training instruction for his life upon adoption. We want to make sure where Kirk goes next on his adventure, he gets everything he deserves and never has to know abuse or shelter life again.
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