Layla the pitfall terrier found herself feeling abandoned and alone in a high-kill shelter. After being dropped off by her former family who listed “too many pets” as a reason for not being able to keep her, Layla looked to be at the end of the road.
Layla’s owner notes stated that she lived with a total of five children and two dogs. Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, told The Dodo. O’Sullivan added that the situation was “very sad.”
Sad to the extreme (but keep reading, it does get better).
Layla was one-year-old when she first found herself in the shelter and showed very obvious signs of depression.
“She was obviously very uncomfortable in the shelter and not doing very well at all,” Sullivan said. “Many dogs get stressed in a shelter situation — they’ve lost everything they know. This dog was very close to the children in the home, so it’s no surprise she was uncomfortable in the shelter.”
While being on the cusp of euthanasia, Layla refused to let go of a stuffed toy she’d had while still living with her former family. The only connection to her past life and a piece of her identity that helped her grasp onto some form of hope in the small cement room she was now confined to.
O’Sullivan added that the sweet blue-eyed pit used the little stuffed animal to “self-soothe,” similar to the way humans do with stress balls and fidget spinners.
“She carries that stuffy down the street and through the yard — never letting go,” Julie Carner, one of the shelter’s visitors wrote on Facebook in an effort to get her adopted. “Today, that stuffy is all she has left.”
After being in the shelter for awhile, Layla’s life was in serious danger.
She was placed on the euthanasia list multiple times. In the meantime, sympathizers on social media banned together to save her life, pledging funds so that Rescue Dogs Rock NYC could pick Layla up and help her find a home.
Barely in time, Layla was saved from the high-kill shelter and moved to the rescue facility and from that moment on she began displaying signs of recovery.
Rescue Dogs Rock is an amazing resource that helps “puppy mill throw aways and medically neglected and suffering dogs,” according to their website, with proper medical care plus temporary and permanent home-placement services.
“She decompressed very quickly,” O’Sullivan continued. “She’s out in the yard playing. She’s doing really well, and she’s obviously a great dog, and we expect her to be adopted really soon.”
While Layla hasn’t been adopted yet, she is enjoying her time with a foster family in the Connecticut area. Her temporary mom wrote the following description of Layla on Rescue Dogs Rock’s Facebook page:
Layla is such a silly stunning beautiful girl, nothing petite about this lady, full of energy, but can also relax and enjoy her human time… although she is restricted to the leash around the house because she had ACL surgery, she is a very smart, and curious girl… she is crate trained, and I would say for the most part house broken, definitely needs a little structure, and human patience, and a routine she would be an amazing companion to a family.
Pet Finder has a little more information on Layla from her foster mom, for any interested parties.
She is fantastic with kids, loves to be around them. She is crate and house trained. She walks well on a leash. She loves to learn, and learns tricks quickly with a treat behind it.
Speaking of interested parties, anyone looking for a sweet, canine companion with enough space for her can inquire HERE.
Layla’s new home preferably comes with children but we’re sure she could also enjoy her quiet time as long as she gets her exercise and a few tasty morsels.
Even if you can’t adopt Layla, you might know someone who would. Or even a friend of a friend (thus the power of social media). Share this story to increase her chances of finally settling down.
We all deserve to be loved and safe, four-legged and two-legged alike.