Kammie is a shy older gal looking for a very special home.
Kammie was found as a stray in Texas with her 3 babies. All of Kammie's pups nut one did not survive the conditions they were in prior to arriving at the shelter. Poor Kammie had most likely been roaming the streets her whole life, and had more than a few litters of pups throughout her life.
Once Kammie arrived to AAAR she was placed with an experienced foster. Because she had had so much trauma, this girl was timid and determined to run to the streets as the only home she knew. When the fosters where gone Kammie had bust through the door, and fence to escape. This was in February of 2020 so the weather was very snowy and rigid. The nights in the single digits, Kammie was determined to find somewhere familiar. Our team was tracking Kammie right away, the whole community got involved. Kammie was a pro at being a stray, and knew exactly how to stay clear of people, and avoided being caught. We spent 9 days tracking, trying to trap, talking to professionals. Kammie was in our sight always, which was very frustrating, and caused us sleepless nights.
Finally, on 2/7/20 Madison got a call that Kammie was hiding, freezing under someone’s deck. This called for a plan that had to be executed very carefully, or Kammie would be on the run once again. Madison and her dad, Shawn showed up with a rabies pole, blankets, and Kammies puppy to try and show her we meant well. It took 15 people to barricade the deck with blankets, while Shawn crawled under the deck and slipped the lead over kammies neck. Once he pulled Kammie out from under the deck, Madison put another lead on her to secure. Everyone took a deep breath, after 9 LONG days and the whole communities’ involvement, Kammie was finally safe, and warm.
Madison and Shawn took Kammie over to the Animal Hospital of Colorado where she could get checked up. She was a bag of bones, her paw pads bloody raw, and her nose frost bitten. Madison wasn’t going to let Kammie out of her reach.
From her foster, Madison(Rescue director):
Fostering Kammie has been baby steps of process, but she has made major improvement over the years! This sweet girl took 3 months to even come out of her kennel by herself. She would hide as far back in her kennel as possible, and had to be dragged out with much effort to come out of her “den” Kammie was always on guard, keeping eyes on you at all time, walking slowly and close to the ground. She was never aggressive, just has never learned how to be a dog. She spent her years wondering the streets of TX, protecting her babies, and fending for her life.
Kammie started to bond with me over cleaning her ears, brushing, and giving her chicken. This was a slow process and seemed to be one step forward, two steps back for over a year. I would celebrate over little accomplishments like “she wagged her tail briefly when I opened the door!!” and she is very specific about where I am standing, looking, and what I am doing. She was quick to run back into her “safe place” her kennel.
One day I brought home a very insecure foster dog named Tank. He was a shy, nervous, ball of anxiousness and was also unsure of how to be a dog. He was very fearful of other dogs and would scream if they even sniffed him. I noticed Kammie was a little interested in Tank and he didn’t seem to look at her in fear. I decided to open Tanks kennel to see if him and Kammie would want to sniff noses. Tank beamed out of his kennel right into Kammies kennel. Kemmie ran into her kennel as well unsure of what was going on. Tank them would run in and out of the kennel forcing Kammie to be his friend. It wasn’t long before they were running around the yard together, learning how to be a dog and have fun! This was like night and day for the both of them. Tank eventually got adopted.
Kammie decided she was Queen of the house, and welcomed new fosters kind of like a mother figure. She is still shy, specific, and not fond of new people. But she has come a LONG way! She finally will play, and has fun. She doesn’t have to watch her every move and live in fear. She is now safe and she knows it.
I am in no rush to find Kammie a home, as she is a wonderful house guest. She has taught me a lot in her growth. Patience is key! If the right owner comes along, I will be so grateful for Kammie to find a home where it is all about her!!
Breed and size disclosure: As a rescue all of our dogs come to us from high-kill shelters or other rescues, so we do not get a lot of background or information on these dogs. We occasionally receive the mother with the puppies, but in most cases both parents are unknown. Because of this we do not know the full breeding of the dogs. We are required to list the dogs based on the breeds provided to us on their records, but they are all mixed breeds as far as we know, and we cannot guarantee the actual breeds of any of these dogs. Since the full breeding of the dogs is unknown we can also only give you an educated guess on the full-grown size of the dogs. All of the current information we have on the dogs is listed in their bio above. More information may be available over email, since a lot of the fosters turn in report cards on how the dog has done in their care.
Adoption Process: If you are interested in adopting from us, the first step of our adoption process is to fill out an application online at http://aaanimalrescue.org/adoption_app.html. It takes us up to 24-48 hours to process your application and get back to you, via email. Applications turned in Friday afternoon or Saturday morning will not be seen until the following Monday. We do have applications on site, but are not always able to approve them at that time and many of the dogs will already have holds on them, so we suggest you fill out an application prior to attending a meet/greet. We can place a hold on one dog per approved applicant after a deposit fee has been received, please do not ask to hold a dog if you have not turned in an application and been approved. If you do not place a hold we cans till schedule a meet/greet, we just cannot guarantee availability of the dog, first serve basis. If you already have an approved application on file, there will just be more paperwork and the adoption fee at the meet/greet, but you will be able to take home the dog/puppy that day! Since we are foster based and not a shelter, our dogs are only available to meet with an appointment scheduled or at an adoption event!