A dog rescued from a Korean meat farm has come a long way since September, when he arrived at the Sacramento SPCA, and now he’s looking to find a home by Christmas.
Over the past several months, Bart and nine other dogs were cared for by SPCA staff members and volunteers, who helped them learn to trust, love and to live like real dogs, SPCA officials said. In Korea, dogs are bred for meat, SPCA spokeswoman Lesley Kirrene said, noting that these dogs that aren’t animals that were taken from the street. The puppies and small dogs adjusted more easily than the larger dogs to their new surroundings and life as companions rather than livestock, she said.
The other dogs have been adopted, and now Bart, a 1 1/2 -year-old mastiff-hound mix, needs a home, too. Wednesday is the last day for Bart to be adopted by Christmas, officials said.
When Bart arrived in Sacramento, he wasn’t accustomed to living outside a cage. He was paralyzed with fear, Kirrene said. He had never walked on a leash, so staff members had to get creative, she said. The SPCA released a video showing Bart getting used to the outdoors, first by riding on a flatbed cart propelled by his handler. Three months later, he is shown happily going for a walk on a leash.
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Bart needs a home with people who are quiet, patient, compassionate and who are home most of the time, Kirrene said. His ideal home would be one without children. He likes to play with other dogs, but can be pushy at times, so he needs just the right canine companion.
Because of the holidays, the SPCA, at 6201 Florin Perkins Road, will be open only Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday this week and next week. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
During the SPCA’s “Fleas Navidad” special, which runs through Wednesday, any adult animal, 1 or older, can be adopted for 50 percent off the regular adoption price. The animal also will receive a dose of Advantage flea treatment, a species-appropriate toy and a special gift from The Container Store.