The Star-Herald

Shy Pets?

There are so many types of personalities when it comes to pets.  “Shy” is a word that some folks use to describe cats and dogs who are fearful. Many times this “shyness” is a fear of strangers, but it can also be fear of being picked up and handled, new places or sudden movements or noises.  Even other dogs or cats can cause your pet to be stressed. 

Pretty much anything that is unfamiliar is an issue.

It truly does take a special kind of person to adopt a shy dog or cat. Nurturing and loving these pets takes a lot of patience, since it may be months or even years before results are seen, but the rewards are certainly worth it. Many shy cats and dogs, once they bond with their owners, become loving, trusting and very affectionate, even if they continue to remain somewhat timid and shy.

There is one basic key to success when working with shy dogs or cats: Let them progress at their own rate, according to bestfriend.org. Pushing reluctant pets into situations where they are afraid is not only very scary for the animal, but it can make the fear much worse, and can also increase the risk that they will reach a point where they are so afraid that they become aggressive. Some shy dogs and cats will bite or scratch if they are pushed too far.

Here at the Central Aroostook Humane Society, we know that having a shy dog or cat is not for everyone. There’s a chance that you will need to adjust your lifestyle and possibly your schedule to work with a pet that has shyness issues. It can be a lot of work, but it can be tremendously gratifying to see progress being made with a pet with this problem. By providing a safe home and lots of patience, you will see your pet gain your trust, and you’ll know that shy cats and dogs can be just as loving as any other pets.

Several pets are still available for adoption at the Central Aroostook Humane Society. “Teine” is still waiting for his forever home.  He is an 11-month-old Akita/chow/lab mix. Teine has lots of energy. He’s is also very smart, and is housebroken but not neutered.  He will need an experienced owner willing to put the time into him. Teine is not an apartment dog. He can be a bit vocal when excited.

Maverick is still waiting for a home to call his own. He is not a fan of other dogs or pets, and being at the shelter is not his idea of a good time. Maverick is housebroken, neutered and around 6 to 7 years old.  He loves hanging outside, long walks, naps in the sun and food.

If you think you may be looking for a new pet to add to your family, stop by the Central Aroostook Humane Society at 24 Cross Street in Presque Isle.  You can also follow us on Facebook.  

Please be responsible pet owners — spay and neuter.

Gloria Towle is the secretary and a member of the board for the Central Aroostook Humane Society.

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