Rehabilitation Center Graduate Thrives as Part of ASPCA Staff Member’s Family

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 11:30am
Rehabilitation Center Graduate Thrives as Part of ASPCA Staff Member’s Family

At the ASPCA, it’s not uncommon for our staff members to make special connections with animals under our care. That’s exactly what happened when Cheryl Suydam, a Rehabilitation Counselor at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, met Tallulah.

Tallulah, along with a dog named Sara, came to us from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society in New Mexico in September 2013. Both dogs had been victims of a hoarding situation and were extremely undersocialized and fearful. Tallulah and Sara were perfect candidates for our rehabilitation program.

“While Tallulah was at the Rehabilitation Center, we focused mainly on building relationships with familiar people, socialization with new people, learning to walk comfortably on leash and handling and petting,” Cheryl says.

Cheryl Suydam, Rehabilitation Counselor at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center with dog In time, both dogs made tremendous steps forward.

“It was such a pleasure to witness the progress both Sara and Tallulah made over the course of the rehabilitation program,” says Kristen Collins, ASPCA Director of Anti-Cruelty Behavior Rehabilitation. “As their confidence grew, the two dogs learned to enjoy life—to actively engage with people and explore the world around them. The whole team is so proud of both of them.”

Cheryl reports that she fell in love with Tallulah the moment she saw her, and made plans to adopt her.

“Tallulah is beautiful and has the sweetest disposition,” Cheryl says. “Toward the end of her stay at the Center, I brought her home as a foster to gather more information about how she would do living in our home.  She was a great match for my other dog Roscoe and was lovely with my children. She never went back!”

Want to read more success stories from the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation? Check out our ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team section.

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