However, Mama gets fearful when left outdoors, more than likely because whoever filled her up with birdshot did so outside. "When she's outside in a yard, she just wants to escape and go back indoors," Szczudlo said. "She'll climb a fence to try and get out of a yard."
The goal now is to place Mama in a foster-to-adopt situation, where a loving home will take her in and care for her throughout the course of her heartworm treatment - and if it turns out to be a good fit, will finalize the adoption process and keep her permanently.
"She's so friendly and sweet," Szczudlo said. "When she's indoors, when she's with people she loves, she's very happy, very playful."