Pet of the week: Shy is looking for loving family

Shy, an 8-year-old pit bull mix, enjoys some outdoor time with animal caretaker Kayla Wines at the Humane Society of Warren County. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

FRONT ROYAL – After more than a month of down time at the Humane Society of Warren County, pit bull mix Shy is ready to greet a new owner with plenty of affection.

Shy is an 8-year-old dog with a lopsided smile and a curious nose. Animal caretaker Kayla Wines said Shy came to the shelter around mid-August as an owner surrender. At the time, Wines said Shy was flea-ridden, very skinny and had a large tumor on her left hind leg. The Grey Kennel Club provided a grant to perform surgery and remove her tumor, Wines said.

“Since she’s had her surgery and she’s recovered from it, she’s like a totally different dog,” she said.

With the stitches in Shy’s leg taken out a few days ago, Wines said she’s cancer-free, completely recovered and ready to head home with a loving family. She said Shy’s had a few visitors since becoming available for adoption recently and is great with children.

Shy is energetic and excited once she’s able to sniff around outside, which speaks to her curiosity and her inquisitive nature. Wines said Shy’s gotten along well with other dogs at the shelter, but advised against bringing her into a home with cats.

“She loves the outside, loves going on walks,” she said.

Wines said Shy has been a relatively quiet resident of the shelter, only whining and barking when letting shelter workers know that she needs to go out. She said Shy would enjoy the attention from a family that will keep her occupied and show her plenty of love.

“I have definitely seen her more active since she had that tumor removed,” she said. “She’s very playful.”

Shy will look forward to training with treats and Wines said she’ll dote her owners with affection and puppy kisses. She said she’d recommend Shy to a home with small children who would play with her and enjoy her warm and friendly disposition.

“I don’t think she has an aggressive bone in her body, she’s super sweet,” Wines said.

Shy has received treatment for fleas and worms and is up to date on her rabies, bordetella and distemper shots. She was spayed when she received surgery.

Adopting Shy from the Humane Society of Warren County won’t cost her future owner a dime. Wines said a visitor to the shelter has completely sponsored Shy’s adoption costs after hearing her story. Contact the shelter by calling 540-635-4734.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com