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We began as the Oakland SPCA in 1874. Today, the East Bay SPCA includes two animal shelters and three clinics in our community.

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Still waiting...scratch that! She's home!

We've posted about Smiley here before. We've written articles in the paper about Smiley. Smiley is our longest term shelter dog, 231 days.

I heard rumor today that Smiley might have an interested adopter.

If Smiley was a regular old dog, that wouldn't be so interesting. I mean, most of our dogs find homes. It's amazing actually, but every dog and cat has someone, eventually, who finds them the perfect fit.

But 231 days. Smiley was a loooooooong termer. See, Smiley has issues. Shayna wrote about them eloquently in an earlier post.

But I heard today that there is someone who has met with Smiley a bunch, who "gets" her issues and has been explained what kind of management that Smiley will need for her life, for her separation anxiety.

It sounds promising so I kind of have had my fingers crossed all night, because I heard she might go out on our Paws to Consider program, which would be first step in finding a home.


When I started this blog post, I didn't know the exact number of days that Smiley had been in the shelter, so I looked it up tonight, at home.

I opened our database, and instead of seeing "Available for Adoption," I see "Adopted Altered" which is our nomenclature for a completed adoption.

WHAT?? At the sound of my Whoop! my own dogs looked up from the evening naps (yeah, right: as opposed to their morning naps, their early afternoon naps, their late afternoon naps, and their evening-before-bedtime naps...) wondering what the heck all the noise was about.

I tried to explain to them, in dog-ese, that their pal Smiley, that cute chick outside my door, in the second habitat finally got herself a home. They grunted, probably wondering, for the umpteenth time today, what I was saying.

But Smiley knows. She's home.

So I had to change my Blog Title from "Still waiting" to "She's home!"

Hurray for Smiley and her lucky owner! Hang in there through the Separation Anxiety; our dog made it through the other side.


I am a volunteer and I have made a strong connection with Smiley. I am so happy for her and her owner, because she is such a GREAT dog!


I have made a strong connection with Smiley (because I'm a volunteer) and I know she is a GREAT dog! I'm so happy for Smiley and her owner.


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