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When dogs speak: Shelter pooch at high kill shelter tries to cry for help

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Joel has a very real conversation going on, and although his whines, cries, and barks make little sense to the rescuers as they try their best to comfort this amazing young blue and white pit bull mix, Joel's goal is to awaken our senses to his desperate plight.

This well-mannered, playful, one-year-old pup is currently at the San Bernardino Animal Shelter, and as much as shelter employees want every dog to have a chance, the overpopulation of abandoned, neglected, and homeless pets make for tragic endings.

Joel is a special boy; a volunteer writes this about him:

"Yes this guy is amazing! He is kenneled with a fearful dog, and he sits at the front of the kennel; he seems to know his buddy is scared. I spent 30 minutes with him in the play yard yesterday; he was good on the leash, well mannered and he even pooped directly into the poop scooper:). He has a droopy mastiff sort of face, gives big kisses and was definitely my buddy by the time I had to go."

By Saturday, only one day after Valentine's Day, after animal lovers have lavished their pets with treats, Joel will still be in a kennel as #A461004 and hoping someone will find him and bring him home.

Please circulate Joel's story to your friends, relatives, and coworkers. Listen to his video; it just may convince someone that the language of dogs is far more sophisticated than most of us imagine.

Follow Joel's page on Facebook by clicking here, and help to find him a loving home.

Joel can be found on PetHarbor by clicking here.

Following is additional information about the San Bernardino City Animal Control:

Phone: 909-384-1304, Address: 333 Chandler Pl., San Bernardino, CA 92408.

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