For a man named Gemar Lezeau, a job at his local ASPCA it was just that: a summer job. He did not begin his time there thinking he would adopt an animal; he simply wanted to help the animals who found themselves there. Gemar, who is 19 years old, is a busy college student who was also working part-time so taking on additional responsibility for a dog or cat would add too much to his already busy life. As luck would have it, there was a dog that would change his life for the better that was at the shelter and going through a difficult time.
A pit bull named Juice did not have the best start to his life. He was found by the ASPCA on Christmas Eve, tied to a pole at a construction site. He was not in good shape: he was covered in bite marks, underweight, and had a bad ear and skin infection. During his time at the shelter, Juice began to heal from his various ailments but he was still struggling with the mental adjustment to shelter life. Juice had serious anxiety and barked loudly when anyone walked by his enclosure, which caused many people to overlook him as a potential new family member. In fact, his kennel had caution signs on the front due to his past behavior. This piqued Gemar’s interest immediately.
As the weeks and months wore on, it became obvious that Juice was being overlooked as a potential companion. So, Gemar began working with the dog and took him on indoor walks and played fetch with him and eventually fell in love with the pup. Nearly a month later, Gemar decided to adopt Juice and bring him home—and he says the dog has completely transformed outside of the shelter. In fact, Gemar reports that Juice is now an energetic, fun dog who loves being around other dogs and his new family!