by Alisia Sanchez
When potential adopters walk through the dog adoption center at Valley Animal Center, many dogs will bark or cry for attention. There’s one dog, however, who, instead, trembles in fear.Sierra, a black Bull Terrier/Shepherd mix, does not hesitate to hide in the dog house placed in her kennel when she hears strangers walk by. For being nearly eight years old, she’s very, very timid and will shake nervously when she has no place to hide. To avoid causing her fear and stress, it’s necessary to give her the opportunity to conceal herself, making it very easy for adopters to miss her.
Sierra was surrendered to Valley Animal Center on May 10, 2021. Her owners at the time noted they were moving and found they were unable to take her with them. Sierra was very loved and enjoyed nothing more than sitting on the couch with her family. Like many others in the care of Valley Animal Center, Sierra had a difficult time adjusting to a shelter environment.
“Sierra has always been a shy girl,” Valley Animal Center’s dog care specialist, Jessica Silva, said, “but she’s come a long way. She is great at meeting new people but is still very scared and hesitant.”
Today, Sierra continues to have a difficult time finding the right adopter. On top of being shy, she was diagnosed with kidney failure and is currently on a special diet and medication.
“With her special food,” Silva said, “a six-month blood recheck is needed to see how she is. It’s also important to ensure she’s not getting worse. She is a healthy girl but potential adopters need to be aware that her health can decline at any time.”
The ideal home for Sierra would be a quiet one with no children, no other pets, and a large backyard as she loves being outside. She also enjoys small toys, going on walks, and rolling around in the dirt.
“Sierra is the best,” Silva said. “Her nervousness breaks my heart, as well as not finding a home. Despite being so scared, I’ve received a few kisses and cuddles that I know she craves. She is just such a sweet girl and deserves a home. She is a senior now and doesn’t belong in a kennel.”
Sierra’s animal ID is 24348 and her adoption fee is only $50. Anyone interested in meeting her can visit Valley Animal Center Wednesday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An online application may also be submitted in advance at www.valleyanimal.org.