Rescued from the streets of Thailand, and shipped to the US, Jessie thought she would find her forever home. Unfortunately, that has not been the case.
Three years ago, it seemed like there was a future ahead, a happy one, for a border collie mix named Jessie, reports The Dodo. Jessie spent years struggling to survive on the streets of Thailand, and that's when rescuers from the Soi Dog Foundation rescued her from the streets and sent her America so she could find a forever home. It looked like Jessie would finally get the chance at life she deserved after being found on the roads but she still hasn't found a home. Instead, she’s been living in a small, packed shelter in Long Beach, New York, for three long years.
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But Beth Zimmerman, a former volunteer at Posh Pets and Long Beach Animal Shelter, where Jessie currently lives, said that she's really pained and "heartbroken" that Jessie still hasn't managed to find a home. She said, "It's very painful to see any animal languish in a shelter for years." There are also a few reasons why Jessie is taking time finding a new house. For starters, it takes Jessie some time to warm up to new people. This could be attributed to the harsh living conditions she had to endure when on the streets of Thailand. Another reason could be, what can be considered as dog racism, is the color of her coat - she is a black dog.
"She is overlooked repeatedly because she is not initially a 'warm and fuzzy' kind of dog,” Zimmerman said. “Beneath her sassy, sometimes tough exterior is a sweet, loving dog who responds to kindness and love in sometimes surprising ways. For example, she is finally rolling over for belly rubs from shelter staff as she is learning that they mean her no harm."
Zimmerman added, "Perhaps being an all-black dog, she suffers from not presenting as well in online photographs, where people often start the adoption search process." Annie Barbatsuly, who currently volunteers at the shelter as a dog walker has been working tirelessly for Jessie's cause. "She walks her in the community with her 'adopt me' vest, she hands out oversized 'business cards' with Jessie's information and bio link, and has gone to various neighborhoods to put them in mailboxes," Zimmerman said.
In addition, Barbatsuly "has created online profiles for Jessie on other rescue sites" besides going on social media and posting about Jessie to like-minded individuals. Despite leaving no stone unturned, things haven't looked up for Jessie who is nine-years-old. In this tragic situation, Jessie seems to be keenly aware that no one really wants her, and that's really heartbreaking.
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"Every time she [Barbatsuly] returns Jessie to the shelter after a daily walk … Jessie drops her head and shoulders, and looks defeated. She [Jessie] has seen nearly all of the dogs in the shelter come and go during her nearly three years there. And last year when she was briefly fostered by Annie while the shelter was under renovation, she adapted to home life as though she had never been in a shelter. She was depressed for a very long time upon her return, after the temporary foster was over," Zimmerman said.
Despite all of this, there is still hope that Jessie will find a home soon, one where she is loved and appreciated. Like most dogs, her favorite activities include going for long walks, chasing squeaky balls, digging in the dirt and hanging out with her kind. All of this makes Zimmerman believe that Jessie would be a perfect fit into in a home with another dog and that she would bode well with adults and older children.
"Because she has led such a deprived life, both in Thailand and during her prolonged homelessness in the US, she can be protective of the few things that belong to her," Zimmerman said. "She would do best in a home that is somewhat dog savvy (not a first-time dog parent), where she can be given the time, love and patience to decompress from the intense stress of shelter life." Zimmerman is hopeful that Jessie will find her forever home, and when she does, she will make a befitting companion. "When shown genuine kindness, she repays it tenfold," Zimmerman said. "In many ways, she's like a diamond in the rough. Her initial caution can obscure her tremendous spirit and loving nature."