A second chance for Smokey
It is always a good feeling when a dog who was at risk of being euthanized for behavioral reasons is finally saved and leaves the building. Behind every freedom ride, there are always huge amount of work from staff and volunteers who have taken the time to evaluate, train, and find the best home for the dogs. Smokey is a young, friendly dog, who was at risk because of an unfortunate incident in his past. smokey and his sister were raised as guard dogs living in a patio and the only human they used to have contact with was the person who fed them. One day a person different from his feeder approached him and his reaction to this scary situation, was to bite. That episode put Smokey in the shelter and at risk of being euthanized. However, a group of volunteers realized he was not a vicious, dangerous dog, and they started a campaign to train him, socialize him, and find another option for him, different from death. All their efforts gave positive results and they found a foster family in California who decided to take him in and continue his training and periodic evaluations. Smokey left the building on September 8th. He was alive and ready to start a second life in California.