EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

New Hampshire

November 15, 2012

Second glances, second chances

Tough-to-adopt animals merit a closer look

SALEM — Sadie, a plump 6-year-old beagle, has lost 12 pounds since coming under the care of the Salem Animal Rescue League in June. What she hasn’t lost is the need for a permanent home.

But Sadie is often overlooked when people go to the shelter in search of a canine companion.

For starters, she doesn’t stay at SARL. Rather, she is in foster care with Patricia Mack, director of development and media relations.

Sadie has some issues, among them separation anxiety, a thyroid condition and she has had seizures in the past.

But she also has a lot to offer — she loves people, including children, thrives on walks, gets along well with other dogs and cats, and is ready to ride in the car at the drop off a leash. Oh, she’s fully house-trained and has been seizure-free for nearly a month.

Sometimes people can’t look past what issues an animal may have to see all that’s good they have to offer.

That’s the case with Sadie ... and 11-year-old Bella and 9-year-old Bailey.

Advanced age can turn prospective owners off before they take one look into a set of dark brown eyes or play ball with an active senior that has years left to give.

Bella’s a perfect example. The shepherd-husky mix has been at SARL for about six months. Not one prospective owner has given her a second glance, according to Joleen Malot, business and operations manager.

“It’s just her age,” Malot said. “But she’s in good health with no problems since she’s been here. She’s a very young 11 and has at least three or four years left.”

Indeed, on Wednesday, Bella was eager to romp in an outdoor run with a ball and canine care worker Jim Cheeseman.

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