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Spot the Survivor

After living the majority of his life in a shelter, Spot gets a new, well-deserved chance at a better life!

Imagine what it must be like for a dog to end up in a noisy and hectic shelter. Your family has abandoned you and you don’t understand why. You can’t tell your new caretakers what you need to feel safe and secure and you have no idea what is going to happen next.

You feel alone and afraid with nowhere to turn.

Now, imagine your sweet family dog ending up in a shelter; how do you think they would act – afraid and confused, or sad and frustrated? Would they be able to handle it?

Dogs Playing for Life exists to help the dogs who struggle to cope in shelters across the USA. Every day, often simply because of happenstance and by no fault of their own, dogs like Spot end up in shelters across the nation. Spot’s story illustrates the struggle animals can face on their journey to a home, but it also exemplifies the beautiful resilience they show each day.

This is Spot’s story. He was brought to the shelter on July 2, 2016. Spot spent more than 1,300 days in their loving care — but, think about living in a kennel for three years!

Spot’s body was sound, but his mind and spirit were not.

He struggled to cope with the stress and anxiety caused by kennel life, which was evident from his repetitive jumping, spinning, barking, and hiding. After a few weeks Spot began to deteriorate – making him even more fearful of strangers and ultimately diminishing his chances of ever finding a home.

Dog’s Playing for Life came to Spot’s aid in early 2020. Spot was transported to our DPFL Canine Center in Central Florida. Once there, our team of experts spent long days and hard hours working with Spot to undo what years spent in a kennel had done to him. We immediately tackled the insecurity and fear that was the main reason holding Spot back from being able to find a loving home.

The more support we get from dog lovers, the more dogs, like Spot, we can save. Our Canine Center is a last opportunity for dogs to thrive and to show their true personalities and potential. A percentage of troubled dogs often do not make it out of shelters, not for a lack of love and care, but from a lack of resources and expertise. Your gift today helps us redefine the meaning and importance of quality of life for all sheltered dogs. Our work results in urgent and responsible lifesaving, and we’d love you to be a part of saving lives with us.

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