Luna: Olympic Animal “Sanctuary” Survivor

April 2, 2014  


LunaFFHello, my name is Luna and I’m a survivor.   I was surrendered to a shelter when I was about 1 ½ years old because my owner could no longer care for me.  I was used to being in a home, playing with toys, sitting on the couch, and even sleeping with my owner.  I wasn’t doing so well in the noisy shelter environment, so I was sent to a place they thought was a sanctuary.  It turned out to be nothing like a sanctuary at all.

I spent the next six years of my life stuck in a closet type room with no heat, light, or air, living in my own waste, never taken outside, and rarely cleaned.  There was no sunlight and the smell of so many dogs in a small space was overwhelming.  I only received turkey necks or spoiled meat for food and water a couple times a week – if I was lucky.  There were over 100 other dogs there as well and some of them were forced to live in crates under the same filthy conditions and lack of food and water.  Some days I wanted to give up, but I have a resilient soul and a great will to experience a home once again.

IMG_5209People found out what was happening in that awful place and tried to help.  The word got out, people protested outside the dilapidated warehouse where we were kept, and the owner of the so-called sanctuary could no longer take it.

One night, all of us were put in tiny wooden boxes without room to even turn around, stacked three high, in a dark semi-trailer.  I had no idea what was happening, how long I would have to sit in the box, or if I would ever see the light of day again.  After days on the road, the back of the trailer opened and I could see the sun and smell fresh air.

I was so scared when they got me out of the box.  There were several people I had never met standing around staring at me.  I had an opportunity to run away and I did!  I ran toward the desert as fast as I could.  Because of all that time without food, water, or exercise, I didn’t get very far.  Someone caught me and handed me back to the owner of that so-called sanctuary.  As I was marched up the ramp of the semi-trailer, I looked back at the people, pleading for someone to please help me.  I was forced back in the dark, filthy, small box.  So much for my short found freedom!  When would this nightmare finally end?

Finally, a kennel was ready for me and kind people with soothing voices, food, and fresh water took care of me.  I was outside in the beautiful Arizona desert – finally free.

LunaFF5One day I was loaded in a crate and sent on an airplane adventure!  I ended up back in Washington where I was back at the shelter with a warm bed, toys, blankets, and loving volunteers and staff who want the best for me.  They found out that I still know all my basic commands, I love to play fetch, AND I still love to snuggle on the couch!

The fabulous people at Academy of Canine Behavior have donated lots of time and resources for me.  My training comes with a lifetime of follow up lessons, so they’ve got my back!

I am alive, a survivor, and have lots of love to give!  Now I need a hero to step up and make my dream of a forever home come true.  If you adopt me, I promise a lifetime of snuggles, companionship, and devotion.  Even if you are not the one for me, you can share my story and together, we can find my forever home!  Adoption inquiries:  Becca at or 425-486-9567.



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