For many dogs, it is hard to resist the lure of getting into the trash in their home. Perhaps it’s the food scraps or the enticing smells, but whatever the case, it’s a common dog issue. However, when a two year old dog named Coby went digging in the trash, his family had enough of his antics. So much so, they actually surrendered him to the Fairfield County Shelter in South Carolina last month. Coby, who had spent his entire life with his family, was confused and scared to find himself in the noisy, cold animal shelter environment. He was never aggressive with anyone, but he was absolutely terrified. Coby spent most of his time facing the wall in the corner of his kennel. He would hide under his bed or run away from volunteers and refused to make eye contact.
The shelter staff was touched by Coby’s situation, as was a woman named Leigh Maddox. Leigh founded the Compassion For Cats of Delaware group, and when she heard his story she stepped in to pull him from the shelter. Leigh made arrangements to have Coby driven nine hours to her facility, but then Pilots N Paws, a group that flies at risk dogs to foster homes, stepped in. The group agreed to transport Coby and deliver him to his new foster mom, Olivia Fritz. Poor Coby was terrified and went limp during transport and even after the plane landed.
Olivia knows it will take time and lots of love to heal Coby from all he has gone through. He has been in his foster home for just over a month now and he is still very scared, but he is making small steps in the right direction. Olivia is being very patient with him, making sure he is comfortable and even carrying him inside and outside to go to the bathroom. He will hopefully make more progress and be ready for a forever home soon.