Pet Spotlight: Help Mend a Broken Spirit

by Helen Hartel


To adopt Cuda, request A4889212.

Cuda, 9, came to the Agoura Animal Shelter from Lancaster via the LA County Shelter to Shelter transfer program by special request of an officer who felt the Agoura team could give her the best chance to heal.

Cuda has not had an easy life. Her teeth were filed down and she was used heavily for breeding, leaving her spirit broken. Although a very sweet girl, she remains very timid, either flopping flat when she is scared and unsure or walking hunched down with her body low to the ground. When it all becomes too much for her, she is gently picked up and carried to the play yard or back to her kennel cage.

Volunteers are showering her with love and affection, and she is showing signs of healing emotionally, becoming more comfortable with others as they work with her. She loves her treats and will now walk over to some volunteers and gently take a treat, sometimes even briefly nestling her head on a lap or putting her paw on a knee.

Fully vetted, medically, a mature family is being sought for Cuda, the kind of family that is willing to work with a dog that appears to be depressed. Could yours be the one to help her bounce back? She will need lots of extra TLC, lots of treat rewards to help her remain engaged and trusting, and daily short walks for her exercise.

Take a chance on Cuda and be the family with which she can live out her golden years happily.

To adopt Cuda, request A4889212. The Agoura Shelter is at 29525 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Occasionally pets have already been adopted. To check availability, call 818-991-0071 or visit

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