‘Buddha in a dog suit,’ the story of Izzie-Bear

A few weeks ago, I shared information about the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA’s adoption event called Free Adoption Day. A number of readers have been asking, so I want to report back to let you know it was a huge success.  Excited people arrived before the shelter was open and lined up early to find their next family member. People came from all over to do their part and adopt. So many animals found forever homes that day—152 to be exact.

One dog named Izzie, now named Izzie-Bear, hit the jackpot with the Enriquez family. Izzie, a 7-year-old pit-bull type dog, came into the shelter as an owner turn-in. Severely overweight, terrified, and missing her family, Izzie would hide at the back of the kennel and shake. Knowing she was not doing well at the shelter, staff decided to put her in a foster home to see she would come out of her shell. She lost weight and excelled in her foster home.

Encouraged by her progress, it was decided that she should come back to the shelter to try to find a home on Free Adoption Day. Shelter volunteers spent the afternoon with Izzie outside of the kennel area so that she did not have to go back into a kennel. Hours passed and no one looked at her until the special moment when the Enriquez family walked in the shelter. “She had them at hello,” they said. The following is an excerpt from a letter that the family sent just one week after Free Adoption Day.

 It’s this type of story that makes all of the hard work worth it!

Photo: Pasadena Humane Society

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