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12 Saves of Christmas: Dayna, #5

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Every year we countdown 12 very special adoption stories through our 12 Saves of Christmas series. Each day we will post a new adoption story on our website. Be sure to check in daily as we get closer to announcing our #1 on Christmas day.

Dayna arrived to the ARLGP from our Puerto Rico partner, All Sato Rescue, in July of 2018. She was one of hundreds of pets we helped relocate from the island in the wake of the deadly hurricane Maria. Life for pets on the streets of Puerto Rico is incredibly hard. They are fed and cared for by a network of rescuers, until a foster home is available for them to be taken to. They then receive medical care and are eventually flown to partner shelters like the ARLGP, where they find loving homes.

What we observed about Dayna upon arrival was her difficulty with other dogs. She was afraid, withdrawn, and uncomfortable. She also had separation anxiety when humans were not around consistently. We attribute both of these behaviors to the stress she likely endured in the wake of the hurricanes. She probably had very negative interactions with other canines, competing for resources like food and water in a time of desperation. Our behavior team determined Dayna would need to be the only dog in her new home and she would do best in a home with people around more often than not. This criteria certainly would make it trickier for us to find her a family, but we were committed to trying our best.

After 14 months, many meet-and-greets, and even a couple home trials, Dayna was finally adopted in September. A local couple came in specifically to meet her on a Friday afternoon, and were first in line the next day to make it official. When we asked Dayna’s new dad, David, why he knew Dayna was the one he simply said: “I knew she needed me and I needed her.”

Dayna is a very real reminder to our team that no matter how long it takes, there is a home out there for each of our pets. 14 months is one of the longest stays we have had for an animal in our care, but now she is home.

Excuse us while we cry happy tears.