Amos, commonly referred to ‘famous Amos’ spent more than seven months in the Richland County Dog Shelter in Mansfield, Ohio. His life was spent in a cage where he patiently waited for that one special person to save his life. Amos’ story is like many of the millions of homeless animals abandoned by their families or picked up as strays on the street. They spend day after day feeling hopeless, unloved, and lost. Those fortunate enough to find their forever homes are very lucky, as many will never know a life outside the cage again.
Amos already had one strike against him because he is a black dog; shelter workers and volunteers refer to ‘Black Dog Syndrome’ as a possible reason for why black dogs are often the hardest to adopt out. The general public may view black dogs as looking more threatening; they are also more difficult than others to photograph. Potential adopters view shelter websites prior to coming in and meeting the dogs, and a bad photograph could potentially make or break a dog’s chances of being adopted.
When Amos first came to the shelter in November of 2011, his behavior towards other dogs led staff and volunteers to believe he had a dislike for them. Not getting along well with other dogs also made it very difficult for Amos to find his forever home, as many people looking to adopt or rescue dogs already have their own. As months passed Amos waited, until finally one day his luck was about to change.
Two volunteers were walking dogs at the shelter, and as one was taking Amos back inside, another walked out with a female dog named Gilly. Amos and Gilly passed one another, however, Amos showed no signs of aggression which was a little shocking to the volunteers. As the two dogs walked around each other and sniffed, Amos began wagging his tail and actually gave Gilly a little hug! Amazed, the volunteers decided to get this behavior on video to prove what they had seen was real. Amos received a donation towards his vetting soon after, which also increased his chances of being adopted or rescued. He was now past his dislike for other dogs and had his vetting done; all that was left was someone to take him home. Sure enough, Amos’ months of waiting came to an end as BrightStar German Shepherd Rescue saved his life.
BrightStar German Shepherd Rescue is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization based out of Rochester, New York, dedicated to saving the lives of German Shepherd Dogs. Every year, BrightStar helps hundreds of homeless German Shepherd Dogs find new forever homes through their dedicated, geographically dispersed team of experienced owners, handlers and trainers.
Amos now lives with his foster mom, Diana, and her pack of dogs. She says Amos is a wonderful dog, who is very smart and loves to give her hugs. He gets along well with the other dogs in the home, is crate trained and is currently learning commands. Amos loves playing with toys and loves getting attention; he will follow his foster mom around the house as if he is he shadow. This amazing dog is currently available for adoption and would love to find his forever home soon.
If you, or someone you know is interested in adopting Amos, please contact Diana.