Animal Rescue Crucial Nowadays

Animal Rescue Crucial Nowadays

Ask Dr. Gelman

Relationships became even more valuable and discussed during the pandemic. We were often with the same people 24 hours a day. Initially there was a major move to foster or adopt animals from the shelters. This was a wise choice for those who were alone. And it was fortunate for the abandoned animals.

One woman had her second cat die within a year. They had lived together for 18 years. She decided to rescue a dog. She sent in an application, knowing the demand at the time was very high for rescue animals. She got a call two days later from rescue. She was called because they were about to post about a dog found running wild and the woman from rescue knew she would receive hundreds of calls when she posted the availability.

She already had this person’s application. The dog was in foster care for three days. The woman could call foster care, get information, have virtual visit, and, if desired, go visit the dog. She did go to see the dog.

She knew it was a fit. He was friendly but reserved. And he was adorable. She proposed adopting him, taking him home before a scheduled visit arranged by rescue for shots and neutering. She would take him for that appointment. And so it happened. Harold went home with her and a bond began.

He was thought to be between 2 and 3 years of age. The woman, with a long history with dogs, knew within a couple of days that he was younger. He was a puppy. An app identified him as a Jackapoo, a mix between a Jack Russell terrier and a poodle. She decided that meant he was a bright dog who did not shed. Both turned out to be true.

Harold was not fully housebroken but became so within a few days. He followed her incessantly initially, and then, after a couple of weeks, felt secure enough to walk next to her when they went outside and planted himself in different rooms in their home. He slept in his bed and respected when she was working virtually. He befriended the dogs and cat he met on his walks. He was attracted to the biggest dogs to be playmates; he weighs 17 pounds.

There were problems with meals. The woman met someone who also had a rescue animal and she suggested that dry food be placed on the floor instead of a bowl. Sure enough, he began to eat. It took a while, but Harold now has a plate for his food and finishes each meal.

He loves his toys. He has a toy box and would take one toy to play with initially. Then the cleaning person inadvertently moved the box. He then happily began taking all of the toys and playing with them all over the house. It is reported that all of the toys appear well-played-within a month.

It is wonderful to have a loving relationship. Thank you, animal rescue, for being available.

Dr. Natalie Gelman is an Alameda-based therapist. Submit questions to or through her website,