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Shelter pet gets a home: A Labrador mix transforms from feral to affectionate

Shelter pet gets a home: A Labrador mix transforms from feral to affectionate

Sunshine, a 4-year-old black Labrador mix was once a feral mother of 11 puppies that would growl and bark at anyone who came near her. She is now a warmhearted dog that can't figure out which she likes more - chewing squeaky toys or giving kisses
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Sunshine, a 4-year-old black Labrador mix was once a feral mother of 11 puppies that would growl and bark at anyone who came near her. She is now a warmhearted dog that can't figure out which she likes more - chewing squeaky toys or giving kisses

The News-Democrat’s Pet of the Week is Sunshine, a 4-year-old labrador mix. About a year ago, Sunshine, came to the Metro East Humane Society pregnant with 11 puppies. Feral, scared and protective she was terrified of everything and everyone.

Seeing the warm and friendly attitude, it is hard to believe that Sunshine would refuse to leave her kennel.

“I called her Sunshine because every morning when I would come in she would growl at me,” adoption coordinator Kathy Bouse said. “I would just look at her and calmly say ‘Hello, Sunshine!’ The name just kind of stuck.”

After a few weeks — and too many treats to count — the staff bonded with the dog and began the long road to rebuilding her trust. The transition was just one of her many obstacles on her road to a perfect health. The staff had found a severe case of heartworm after a routine checkup at a local animal hospital, noting it as one of the worst cases they’ve ever seen.

Sunshine persevered and is now in perfect health, spayed, potty trained and ready for adoption. She switches pretty frequently between chewing her favorite squeaky toys and trying to sneak in a few kisses to the nearest person. She is good with cats, dogs and kids and would be best suited for a family that can handle the high-energy and constant attention only a labrador can bring.

The staff at Metro East Humane Society also noted that all 11 of her puppies were adopted by warm and caring homes.

Sunshine has recently been adopted but many more shelter pets are available at the Metro East Humane Society. For more information call (618) 656-4405 or visit their website at http://www.mehs.org/.

Pet of the Week is a weekly feature highlighting metro-east animals at every stage of their journey to a forever home. If you would like to nominate a pet contact Patrick McCarthy at pmccarthy@bnd.com or at 618-239-2513.

Previous Pet of the Week

Samson and Henry have been adopted by loving and caring families.

Jazzica, the dainty walking diva, is still looking for a home.

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