Shelter life is never easy. Dogs go through the emotional trauma of being abandoned and neglected. So oftentimes, they hide their real personalities and shy themselves away from people – even potential new families.
One of these shy shelter dogs is a six-year-old American Bully Mickey. This adorable dog has the perfect pattern of Mickey Mouse on his back fur. Despite this cute physical attribute, Mickey has been in and out of Nebraska Humane Society for as long as he could remember.
The American Bully first stayed at the shelter as a puppy. Only after five years, his owners surrendered him at the shelter. Mickey was devastated – he was so stressed at the shelter, he would not interact with anyone. Twice he was adopted but he ended up back at the shelter again, more reserved and emotionally unattached than ever.
Mickey’s and other shelter dogs’ situation prompted Nebraska’s La Vista Police Department to launch a program dubbed as “K-9 For A Day.” The said program proves to be successful in Green Bay, Wisconsin – hence, the police department’s enthusiasm to adapt it as well. Through this program, shelter dogs are allowed to join officers inside mobile units for exposure, meeting potential families along the way.
According to Police Captain Bryan Waugh of the La Vista Police Department, the said initiative allows shelter dogs to experience days outside the confinements of their shelter kennels. The program also strengthens the police department’s relationship with the Nebraska Human Society.
Mickey was among the first dogs who joined the officers in patrol. According to Police Captain Bryan Waugh, Mickey was a perfect choice. The dog was calm, reserved, and rode well. Mickey seemed to take his role as K9 for the day seriously! Complete with his own police patch, Mickey is indeed the perfect poster boy for the said program.
The police officers saw the positive impact of K-9 for the Day for Mickey and the other shelter dogs. The exposure relaxed them around people. Through the said program, Mickey became more sociable and friendly towards the people in the community. the whole La Vista Police Department plans to push through with the initiative hoping that Mickey and the other shelter dogs will find their forever families.
credits: K-9 For A Day