Four-year-old Damian's life turned both upside down and inside out this week as Animal Control ushered the Doberman Pinscher into a kennel at the high kill shelter in New York City Animal Care and Control's Brooklyn facility.
All of Damian's life, he and his human companion Gilbert enjoyed life as the gregarious pair would sit outside of their Sunset Park neighborhood and enjoy passing the day. Gilbert would happily chat with passersby while Damian would stretch himself over the front yard wall hoping for a friendly pat atop of his head.
Last week, all of that changed when Gilbert unexpectedly passed away. Neighbors and friends were feeding and walking Damian as they left the dog in Gilbert's empty apartment, but on Monday, it was time for Damian to leave.
Not knowing what to expect, and more than likely guarding his home, Damian was very agitated as Animal Control forced him to leave the only home he ever knew.
And now Damian sits in a kennel with strangers, barking, and smells he has never before experienced.
A volunteer writes:
"Where does he go from there? He's a good dog, a well behaved, loving dog, whose size & level of activity can be intimidating to strangers. Nothing that's happened is his fault & he deserves a good, secure home. It won't eradicate the crushing loss & dislocation he must be feeling, but it'd be a start to a new life this sweet fellow really deserves."
Damian is reported to be house trained, walks well on a leash, gets along with cats and some dogs, and likes people. There are no comments as to how he interacts with children.
Unfortunately, no one in Damian's old neighborhood is able to adopt him. Now he sits at Animal Control, as he waits for Gilbert to take him home.
For more information how to adopt Damian, please click here. Please share this boy's tragic story with your friends, family, and coworkers. Don't let him become a sad statistic of the overpopulation of pets in our cities.
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Hang in there Damian. Help is coming. Please refer to #A0992016.
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