During the month of December, we’re sharing 12 stories about animals saved by the CASPCA this year. These stories exemplify our commitment to maintaining the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA as a No Kill community, and they have a happy ending because of the tireless efforts of our staff and the generosity of supporters like you.
Juba was always fearful in the kennels, but we saw his true self shine through occasionally. Usually when he was playing with his best bud Julian. Juba loves to romp! We were all worried that his running days were over after he went to a home, and was hit by a car. He came back to the CASPCA, and our veterinarians determined that he needed strict cage rest and pain management for 11 weeks before he was ready for surgery to repair his damaged femurs. After his surgery, Juba needed another month of care in the CASPCA’s clinic before he was ready to be adopted. It was a rough time for a dog that loves to play.
After everything he had been through, it would have been amazing for him to find a home as soon as he was available. But he was still fearful in the kennel, and it can be difficult for people to see past that. And then Caitlyn came into his life. Her words sharing the experience she and her husband have had fostering and then adopting Juba show that sometimes all an animal needs is some time out of the shelter to become a happy pet.
“I just want to say thank you for taking such great care of Juba, from what he’s been through he has healed so well. I came to the CASPCA looking for a playmate for my current dog Bella. I picked out a few online that I liked, one being Juba. When I first asked about him they said they would go get him for me because he was in the part of the shelter that visitors can’t go in. I went back to one of the play areas, and all he did was growl and run away.
I felt like there was something amazing about Juba, even though he wouldn’t come up to me. So I sat on the ground, and about 15 minutes later he came up to me, as sweet as can be. At that point I knew my husband and Bella had to meet him. We came the next day, and decided to foster to adopt him. When we got him home, it took him a couple days to warm up. But once he found out he had over two acres to run on, he fell in love.
Juba and Bella run for hours, so fast that they will knock us down. He quickly found his spot on the bed and couch. After a couple days he started taking treats and toys. Now that he knows where the treat jar is, he will sit until we give him one. He goes everywhere we go. Even if we take a shower, he will be waiting right in front of the tub until we get out.
Our property connects to my parents land. He LOVES his grandma and grandaddy so much he has figured out how to open the gate so he can run on their porch so they will let him in. He figured out he gets more treats there. They have chickens, turkeys, ducks and goats. He was confused by them at first, but now he runs with the goats. It’s like he protects them. He has also found out that mud puddles are so much fun. Juba and Bella love to play in them. They come home brown instead of white, tails just a-wagging. I just have to laugh. Juba and Bella are best friends, they truly love each other.
I have learned so much from Juba, especially since he has been through so much. Hurt by humans, and yet he still trusts and loves. I promise you, Juba will get nothing but love and attention for the rest of his life.”
This holiday season, please think of the thousands of animals we have saved
and the thousands more we have yet to save.