Natalie, one of the staff, spends fifteen minutes on the floor coaxing Hershey and Ringo (tomorrow's post) out of their crate inside the kennel which is a lot better than I would have done since the pair were too afraid to even look at me.
We carry them outside, Natalie with Ringo, me with Hershey. She tells me Hershey might walk but Ringo will probably just stand where ever he is set down - the outside world still too much for him to handle.
When I put Hershey down, he immediately tries to run away from me but I hang onto the leash. I sit down on the sidewalk. I pull out some snacks but I'm pretty sure Hershey will be too nervous to take any offered food and he doesn't. So, I just sit there some more. After about five minutes, Hershey is calmer and is doing some sniffing around my shoes. Another five minutes and he's by my lap. Then he's on my lap. Then he's curled up on my lap. Funny fellow. Now, even after I get up, he's wanting to climb back on.
I think he'll do fine.
The best way to check on the adoption status of this dog (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call 416 338 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter. If the dog is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because it's been adopted already.