The canine family at the Shedd Aquarium is growing! Kobe, a 3-year-old Dogo Argentino mix adopted through Chicago’s Lucky Dog Rescue, joins the Shedd’s two other rescued pups––Dory and Marlin––in his new spacious home. Two previous rescues that resides at the Shedd have since been adopted into loving forever homes (including August/September 2014 Tails cover model Bruce!).
Here’s what the aquarium had to say about their new addition:
Originally found as a stray by Kendall Animal Control in 2013, Lucky Dog Rescue adopted Kobe from animal control’s euthanasia list about two and a half years ago. His story is an example of the critical role rescue organizations play in the well-being of animals, educating the public and encouraging them to participate by rescuing shelter animals.
When found, Kobe was very thin and dirty, with a rope tied around his collar. Rescuers suspected he might have been a junkyard dog, and noticed that his previous owners attempted to crop his ears at home with a pair of scissors. Kobe was on the euthanasia list until Lucky Dog Rescue stepped in and moved him to a kennel – saving his life. At the shelter, Kobe proved to be a quick study, learning to walk nicely on a leash when going on outings with volunteers, to come when he was called, and how to sit and do a “down” for treats. However, being a dog that requires exercise and mental stimulation, when he was marketed to potential adopters, they thought he had too much energy and passed him up, opting for a “calmer” dog. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for “bully breed dogs” like Kobe to wait longer for permanent homes due to the sheer volume of dogs of these breeds that sit in shelters and rescue centers across the country.
To learn more about the Shedd Aquarium’s amazing rescue program, click here.