Kyla isn’t like most other dogs. She doesn’t quite look like other dogs, and she doesn’t think like them either. Kyla is special, and despite the fact that she is filled to the brim with love, she has not had a single person ask about her in all the many months she’s been the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter.
Kyla came to the shelter as a stray in January of 2015, making her one of the longest residents. Since Kyla never had a home to call her own, she arrived terrified and shaken, but it didn’t take much to get her to roll over and show her belly. Through long games of fetch, staff member Cindy Gomez won Kyla’s trust, and despite the fact that she has worked with hundreds of dogs, this little girl has left an indelible mark.
Cindy first got to know Kyla by bringing her toys inside her cage. Kyla is an intense, thoughtful dog whose mind never truly lets go; her giant black eyes always seem to be searching for something in the distance.
Because she’s spent so much of her life living in fear, Kyla is often lost inside her head, and even when she plays, Cindy can see that she doesn’t feel entirely comfortable in her own skin. “It’s not like she’s just having fun,” she says. “The tennis ball is like a stress ball, and chewing it and chasing it is how she deals with anxiety.”
There’s no greater joy in the world than when Kyla allows herself to slow down and make eye contact. Cindy can see the recognition dawn on Kyla’s face when she approaches her cage, and despite all the worry she’s been forced to bear, an extraordinary soul radiates from within Kyla’s petite body.
Kyla has been passed up time and again as the dogs around her have been adopted, and still she is grateful for any show of kindness and compassion. “Inside, there’s a cuddly dog,” says Cindy, who stays awake thinking about Kyla and whether or not she will ever find a home.
Someday, with the right person, someone patient and kind, Kyla will learn that she is safe at long last, and after all she had endured, she’ll be able to find a place to rest her eyes. Kyla needs to be in a home with adults and older teens with no other pets. If you think you might be Kyla’s person, please contact the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter at (516) 785-5220 or via email at [email protected]
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