The stars simply were not aligning at all well for Macy, a young female mixed-breed dog once housed at the Montclair Township Animal Shelter. Two veterinary professionals deemed her to be a “high risk” dog who could not be socialized and was therefore unadoptable. Macy’s future seemed hopeless until a very generous donor stepped up to help fund a move to a happy, loving home.
Macy was brought to the shelter as a frightened puppy in April of 2013. After four months at the shelter, she was placed for adoption but was returned less than a month later. For nearly a year, she remained housed at the shelter, so afraid of new people, constantly nervous and unsure of her surroundings.
“With the help of a veterinary behaviorist, we developed a detailed safety and behavior modification plan for Macy, with medication protocols and periodic re-evaluations,” said Shelter Director Niki Dawson. “Unfortunately, even with all these measures in place we were unable to socialize her sufficiently to have someone foster or adopt her.”
Macy’s aggression and anxiety issues required that she be isolated from other animals and humans with whom she was not familiar. Not surprisingly, her condition worsened and she became more unpredictable. For the safety of volunteers and visitors, she had to be kept in isolation and on medication to keep her calm.
“Because of her fear aggression, Macy would likely have had to live the remainder of her days in seclusion from people,” said Niki. “Her quality of life greatly diminished to a few short walks a week and some exercise time in the courtyard.”
Dozens of animal sanctuaries were contacted and all rejected her but one: Spirit Animal Sanctuary in Boonville, NY. The cost to house her there was $5,000.
The not-for-profit organization Friends of the Montclair Animal Shelter set up an account with crowd funding website GoFundMe and quickly raised $500.
Then, a miracle happened -- a donor stepped up with the remaining $4500 that would give Macy a new lease on life in a no-kill animal sanctuary. Shelter volunteer and dog team leader Whitney Old made the five-hour trip to Boonville to bring Macy to her new home.
Sanctuary founder Alan Papszycki reported earlier this week that Macy is doing very well. She was initially somewhat nervous but became more relaxed after coming in closer contact with some of the other dogs. She is now adjusting to her new environment. Alan is also a dog trainer and behaviorist.
“We are so grateful to everyone who helped make this happen,” said Niki. “And we owe a HUGE thank you to Denise Grazano who donated $4,500 for Macy’s sanctuary fee. Macy is now happily romping in open space and is being cared for by people who want to ensure a wonderful quality of life for dogs and other animals that may otherwise have faced an uncertain future.”