Sequoia Humane Society seeks a home for Hazel – Times-Standard
Hazel – found tied to an outhouse and abandoned in Alderpoint almost four months ago – was brought to the Sequoia Humane Society in Eureka in early August. The 5 year old female Doberman Pinscher mix is still waiting for her home forever.
“Hazel… had a microchip and she wasn’t registered, so we sent her to the county (shelter), where she completed her stray take. It is not known whether or not there was another dog with her; there has been speculation, but nothing confirmed, ”said Christina Mackey, kennel manager for the Sequoia Humane Society.
She added: “Hazel was in pretty good shape when she entered the shelter. It was two weeks after his discovery in the building. We have her vet records from the time the finder took her to the vet, where he said she was very skinny and was unable to support her hindquarters due to a muscle loss.
With strength regained and now weighing around 65 pounds, Hazel is looking for a loving and engaged family. The folks at the Sequoia Humane Society describe her as a little shy at first, but once she gets to know someone, Hazel becomes a “great pet dog” who adores cuddles and pets. Hazel, who also enjoys being active but doesn’t need constant exercise, is said to get along well with independent cats and, with work, can do well with other dogs.
“Hazel is very insecure around other dogs,” Mackey said. “She spends most of her time looking at them because she’s not sure she can trust them. She needs time to acclimatize to a new environment and to feel safe. She doesn’t want to compete for resources.
“Under the right circumstances,” she noted, “I think she would do very well in a house with other dogs. She would need a lot of time and space to decompress and make slow introductions, but she’s not inherently aggressive, she’s just scared. That being said, she would do better in a household with older children because of her traumatic past. “
Mackey says the perfect family for Hazel would be the one who has the time to work on her trust, make her feel safe, and show her the love she deserves.
“If there are other dogs in the house, they should be prepared to spend the time acclimating to each other and letting her go at her pace. Hazel would do better with kids over 14, ”she said.
Hazel walks very well on a leash with a confident manager and listens to commands, Mackey said.
“She is very motivated by food,” she noted. “She has barrier frustration, so she will bark when confined or behind a fence.”
For more information on Hazel and other dogs (and cats) available for adoption through the Sequoia Humane Society, visit https://sequoiahumane.org or call 707-442-1782.
“It would be an absolute relief to see Hazel adopted into a home,” said Kelsey Sampson, Executive Director of the Sequoia Humane Society. “She deserves a full life with someone who loves her and can help her regain her confidence, and we can’t wait to see that happen.”