Young Simba is scared to be at the shelter — but so are most dogs. It’s loud, crowded, and very unlike a home. Dogs know they aren’t in Kansas anymore. Closer to Dante’s Inferno than Oz.
And Simba belongs anywhere but at a county shelter. This handsome golden lab mix has enchanting eyes and an adorable gold and white muzzle. He’s well behaved in spite of his fear. Simba is only a puppy — around seven months old and only 30 pounds. A volunteer wrote:
With a stable environment where he can relax and enjoy a real life he would blossom into the great boy he was meant to be. At his size, he should do well as an indoor and outdoor family member; all he needs is some positive training and a chance of a lifetime.”
In addition, Simba is good with kids, dogs and cats! Truly a special boy.
- ID# 01692 – kennel 23
- Facebook thread
- Adopt-a-Pet site
- Madera County Shelter
- Address: 14269 Road 28, Madera, CA 93638
- Phone: (559)675-7891
- If interested in Simba, email: LDS7784@yahoo.com
While Madera County shelter workers and volunteers work hard to get every dog out of the shelter safely, they are an open access shelter. That means that they must take all strays and owner surrenders. When the cages are filled, dogs are killed to make room for the new dogs. That’s the harsh reality at many city and county shelters. Their Adopt-a-pet information states:
Madera County Animal Control is the only shelter in the county. We take in all types of animals and try very hard to place as many as possible.We still have a very high euthanasia rate and hope this information will help.”
To change that reality, if you live in Madera County, write the Madera County Board Chairman, David Rogers at 200 W. 4th St., Madera, CA 93637 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Instead of criticizing, offer suggestions on how to make Madera County a no-kill county. Without lots of foster homes and rescues to pull the dogs, it won’t work. And no public shelter can take in all the dogs without a way to find them rescue or adoption.
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