Griz, a one-year-old Australian Shepherd mix, was very scared when he arrived at the Robeson County Animal Shelter in North Carolina on December 3rd. He would cower in the corner of his kennel in total fear, and it seemed that he hadn’t been socialized with people. He had every right to be scared as the shelter unfortunately has a very high kill rate. This sweet but shy fellow needed some help fast in order to live out the rest of his life.

On December 16th, RADAR received an urgent plea for help from the Burlington County Animal Alliance (BCAA) in New Jersey. BCAA was working with RescueConnect in North Carolina in their efforts to save Griz, but would need funding assistance. We agreed to cover Griz’s initial vet costs. Griz had his initial vet visit and vaccines on December 17th and, amazingly enough, tested heartworm negative! He then went directly to his temporary foster home provided by RescueConnect until his transport to BCAA.

Griz is pretty shy with people, but is learning to trust people in his foster home. He received a bath as soon as he arrived at his foster’s house, and played with the foster’s dogs outside in the yard. He went to sleep in his crate after a long day, one of many better days to come for Griz! More recently, Tanya with RescueConnect shared that “he is a sweet boy but still very timid of people. He gains his confidence from being with other dogs. He stayed with me for 5 days right after Christmas. He is slowly coming out of his shell and is walking much better on a leash. He would just lay down flat for the first week on a leash. He loves to play with his foster sibling.” Just a few days ago, he felt comfortable enough to jump into his foster’s lap, which was a big step for him! Be sure to view more photos in Griz’s gallery.

RADAR paid all of the initial vetting and vaccine costs for Griz, which totaled $167.

UPDATE! All funds for Griz have been raised! Thank you!

If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.

Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Griz:

Linda Siegert; Ginnie Freeburn, in memory of her dog, Andy; Richard Duvall; Denise McCullough

If you are interested in adopting Griz, please contact Burlington County Animal Alliance.

Added on January 5, 2020.

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