Meet Juanita. In 2017, she was found with an umbilical hernia, injured leg, and heat illness. On top of this, Juanita suffers from stress, resulting in intense shelter anxiety. Because of this, Juanita is considered the kind of dog that would require a lot of extra love from a special foster. She was turned over repeatedly, seeing fosters come and go with the promise of a fresh start, only to be brought back to the shelter again.
Finally, in 2019, when Taylor and her wife were looking for a canine companion to foster, they met Juanita. They genuinely cared for Juanita, and selflessly supported her through her on-going anxiety so that one day Juanita would be ready for a furever home!
Taylor gushed, “Juanita was with us for almost a full year! We grew to love her so much, but knew we didn’t have the perfect home set up for her on a permanent basis. We knew that home was out there though, and we pushed until we found it!” It was clear Taylor’s love and patience helped Juanita to blossom and grow to trust people.
Taylor and her wife did everything and more as fosters to ensure that Juanita would eventually find her place in the home of a loving adopter. They helped set up Juanita’s APA! web profile, and eventually found the most success through Instagram: “Juanita had her very own Instagram that we started the day we brought her home. I would say about half the emails we got were from her website and the other half found her on Instagram. We didn't use anything on the Facebook side because I'm not on Facebook and don't really like engaging with it; but that's just my personal preference. I believe her adopter found her on Instagram.”
In July 2020, Juanita was finally adopted to a furever home. After an adoption journey that lasted several years, Juanita is finally living her fullest and best dog life with a family that understands her needs and embraces her unique qualities.
Shelter stress is a common issue that dogs like Juanita can experience on their journey to find a forever home. Fosters like Taylor, and fosters like you, make a huge impact in the lives of dogs just sweet Juanita. Keep up the support, and please consider giving today so pups like Juanita can continue to have high-quality resources.