It’s been a long time since sweet hound mix Chrissy came to us. A staff favorite, she is the total doggy package: loyal, fun-loving and affectionate. Yet, adopters consistently pass her by. And it’s no joke that Chrissy gets a little down each time she watches one of her shelter friends find a family and leave her behind.
So, what gives?
To find out, we asked some of the people who know her best: Robin and Trevor, ASPCA Animal Care Technicians who spend tons of time with Chrissy each day. We asked them, if you guys could choose an ideal home for Chrissy, what would it be like? “It would be in Vermont,” Trevor joked, explaining that Chrissy gets spooked by city sounds and needs to live in a rural or suburban area.
Trevor continued: “She should live with people who understand that it’s going to take time for her to get comfortable in a new place, and will give her lots of love…and rope toys and belly rubs—she loves those. Oh, and a big window to look out of.” Trevor and Robin both pulled out their phones and showed us several photos they’d taken of Chrissy, all featuring her perched at a window and gazing onto the street below.
“Chrissy needs time to warm up,” Robin explained. “So when adopters first meet her, she doesn’t put on a show—she just sits quietly.”
But once you get to know her, she’s an energetic and loving pup. “She likes to rest her head in your lap.” says Robin. “She already knows Sit, Down and sometimes Paw,” laughs Trevor. “She’s just a really good girl.”
Unfortunately, most adopters don’t get to see the “real” Chrissy. And most visitors to our NYC Adoption Center aren’t qualified to take her home—to adopt Chrissy, you’ve got to live in a suburban or rural area in a teens-and-up home, and have some dog experience.
If you’d like to come to Manhattan to meet Chrissy, please call our Animal Placement department in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4120, between 11:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M EST (between 11:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. on Sundays).
Update: We are happy to report that Chrissy has been transfered to an ASPCA partner shelter located in the lovely Hamptons. There, she will have a much better chance at finding the suburban home of her dreams. We are monitoring her story closely and will keep you updated!