The Otis Diaries
Never Give Up Hope
Otis could have been a
statistic. A Pit Bull who was severely abused and neglected and dumped at the
Humane Society to meet his grim fate. It was, in fact, fate that saved him. Upon
arriving at the HS, Otis was greeted by the Director of Humane Education, Bob
Walter, who knew Otis had a purpose and needed to be saved. Our local HS did not adopt out Pit Bulls
at the time, nor did they have funding for
the considerable medical services Otis needed. Despite all odds, Bob reached out to us and asked if we would take this little lost soul.
No one knows what happened to Otis prior to him arriving to Kindred Souls
Foundation in June 2008 at approximately 4 months of age. He was emaciated,
disoriented, confused, and unable to focus on anything. His body was riddled
with marks from abuse and his spirit was non-existent as a result of neglect.
Otis circulated through a total of six foster placements while we provided extensive
medical services, behavioral assessments, socializing, and overall observations.
During his "rehabilitation" Otis slowly told his story to those who were willing
to listen. New insights came forward from each person who actively partook in
his healing process. Otis lacks the drive to drink water and has a heightened
sensitivity to certain noises. Both areas are managed by ensuring he consumes
the required water intake determined by his doctor (1.5 L) and by keeping him
from the sounds that make him anxious (vacuums, power drills, drying machines).
Our team of professionals did a remarkable job helping Otis, as did the people
who provided emergency foster placements along the way. It was time to find Otis
a "forever family" or a foster family where he could stabilize until he found
his adoptive family. It was then that we hit a wall. No one came forward to
foster or adopt Otis and he was running out of time in his emergency foster
Through our massive networking efforts, the best thing that could have happened
for Otis did- Dan and Joyce came into his life! Dan and Joyce, along with their
canine pack Bogart, Lucy and Maya, have taken Otis into their home to foster
until he can find his forever family! This family has fully embraced Otis. They
work with him on a daily basis to help him feel loved, included, and wanted.
They teach him how to behave and interact with others so that he will be more
readily accepted in the world. As "The Otis Diaries" clearly show and tell, we
could not have found a better family to take over Otis' care!
Enjoy watching Otis' progress!
Checking out the backyard of his
new foster home
Otis knew right away that Joyce
was a safe person!
Otis learning how to balance on
Hanging out a little longer than
we needed to just to be sure
Otis was OK!
Quite obvious we had nothing to
worry about! Who wouldn't
to live in this foster home?!
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