Clay County Animal Control in Green Cove Springs, Florida, is packed. Saturday on Facebook, volunteer Lisa Blount posted that "there is a line of people at the shelter, waiting to surrender animals. We have no cages available." It's not unusual for people to surrender their pets during the summer months. They want to go on vacation and don't want to pay to board their pets. Or they just want to go to the beach and not want to bother with coming home early to walk a dog. There are any number of reasons the shelters overflow when the heat goes up, and school is out for the summer.
One of the victims of this overflow is Sven, a four-year-old labbie. He came to Clay County in August, 2014, a thin, black dog, and has never left. In the year he's been there, he's never had a potential adopter visit him, in his cage in the back of the shelter. He's gotten used to being alone, not realizing that he has three strikes against him. He's a black dog; at four-years-old, he's no longer a cute puppy; and he came to CCAC with a skin condition. That condition has since cleared up, but that's the reason that he was put into a cage in the back of the shelter, and left there for almost a year now.
His only visitors are the volunteers, and Lisa is is most frequent companion. She decided that he'd been alone long enough, and reached out to social media to give him a chance for some exposure. She thinks Sven, who came in as a stray, without a name, would make a great dog for an older person or family with older kids. He's not high maintenance. He's now got a beautiful fur coat. He'd love to sit at your feet, waiting for a walk. He's very good on the leash. He loves playing with a ball, will sit nicely for a treat, and loves to go in his pool. Check out the slideshow to see him frolicking in the water. Typical labbie.
He's been alone so long, he's gotten used to being a solitary animal, so he may not be for you if you already have a pet, whether it's a dog or a cat. He's also got heartworm, but that's being taken care of by the Friends of Clay County Animals, to raise his adoptability level.
Sven is a dog who, to put it simply, loves 'chillaxin'. He's not going to jump up on you or your guests. He's gotten a little chunky from lack of exercise, but with some good food and attention, he'd probably slim down quickly. Speaking of exercise, he's also a typical labbie in that he may have some hip dysplasia, so he gets a bit grumpy when the vet comes around. Lisa has put him on Osteo Biflex to see if it helps him feel better. Lying on the cold floor of a shelter has to be contributing to his level of uncomfortableness, but most shelters don't have beds for their residents, so they do what they can.
He's like the middle bear from the children's story, 'The Three Bears.' Not high energy, not a couch potato. Not too big, not too small. If you think you're the 'just-right' person for Sven, if you're looking for an affectionate, belly-rub loving companion, who won't ask too much of you, is usually calm and even tempered, and you will each respect the other's need for 'alone-time,' he may be just the buddy for you.
Maybe this is Sven's chance to escape being another statistic of black-dog syndrome. You can contact Lisa for more information about Sven at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or Tabitha.Boyett@claycountygov.com, phone 904-269-6342, if you're interested in adopting, rescuing or fostering Sven.
Here is Sven's Petfinder link. His ID # is A008575. He's ready to go home with you.
The Green Cove Springs Facility is at 3984 State Road 16 West, Green Cove Springs, Florida, 32043 Green Cove Springs Hours
Tuesday 10 am – 4 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 4 pm
Friday 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday 10 am – 3pm
*Animal Intake Closes at 2:00 PM Each Business Day