Finn, Otto, and Zoey won't race to the front of their kennels to greet you. Instead, they'll hang back while they decide about you. If you are kind and patient, they will reward you with wags and kisses.
Then maybe one day they'll race to the front door to greet you when you come home.
Today, Finn has bonded with shelter staff and volunteers, but is still afraid of strangers. The lesson? Finn's acceptance of the shelter staff shows that even for a shy dog, strangers can become beloved friends.
Otto was "adopted" by another dog at the shelter and took his cues from him, learning that (patient) people are trustworthy.
Zoey is still too shy to have her picture taken, but enjoys romping with the other dogs in the shelter's playgroup.
Taking steps, even slow ones, can move you forward no matter where you are.
Each of the three dogs is finding his or her way out of that dark shed into a new place, where space is ample, and food, water – and love – are plentiful.