By Christy Avery

For three days, the dog had barely moved in his kennel at the Seattle Animal Shelter. He had been spotted by a UPS driver in Denny Blaine Park, severely emaciated and with ugly wounds on his head and legs. Seattle Animal Shelter Humane Law Enforcement officers responded to the report and brought the weak, scared dog to the Shelter.

Doggie B, as the staff first called him, was close to death, but with intensive care his health slowly stabilized. After a month at the Shelter, foster parent volunteers Marron and Rich brought Doggie B into their home. They renamed the dog Stanley, to give him a fresh start.

Stanley was still 15 pounds underweight when he arrived at his foster home. He was afraid of nearly everything and everyone, including his new foster parents. He didn’t know how to play with toys or other dogs. Over the course of six months, Stanley regained his health and learned to trust his foster parents. Marron and Rich took him to socialization and obedience classes, and their dog Abby taught him how to play.

Stanley proved sweet and eager to please, and turned into a world-class snuggler. Though he’d made great strides in his foster home, most prospective adopters weren’t interested in a dog that was so fearful. He wouldn’t go near the few people who tried to meet him.

A New Home, a New Life

Nadine and Mark had adopted their beloved Pit Bull mix Missy from the Seattle Animal Shelter eleven years earlier, and they had just lost her to cancer. They hadn’t intended to look for a new dog so soon, but Nadine found herself browsing Petfinder.com, where Stanley’s soulful eyes and poignant story tugged at her heart. She recalls that after viewing a video of Stanley flopped on top of his foster dad, fast asleep, and hearing Marron and Rich’s positive words about him, “that was that.” Nadine and Mark were undaunted by his fearfulness, and seven months after his rescue, Stanley found his family.

As expected, Stanley was initially afraid in his new home, but his goofy, affectionate personality slowly revealed itself. The dog they nicknamed “giant pumpkin head” is now a much-loved member of their family. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Stanley’s adoption, Nadine and Mark threw a big party; Marron, Rich and Abby were among the guests. The two couples meet occasionally so that Stanley and Abby can enjoy play dates together.

Nadine says, “We feel very blessed to have Stan in our lives, and we greatly appreciate the dedicated and selfless care given to Stan—and all critters—by the Seattle Animal Shelter.” To show her gratitude, she has become a volunteer dog walker at the Shelter, and she is keeping an eye out for the perfect sister for Stanley.

The dramatic transformation of Stanley from fearful and neglected to happy and fulfilled is yet another demonstration of the impact of the Seattle Animal Shelter. You can help us deepen that impact. Please donate to SASF today.