By Megan Hess
Special to Niagara Frontier Publications
Cynthia, a 2-year-old terrier/pit mix, is available for adoption at the Erie County SPCA. She has been at the SPCA since Nov. 30. Cynthia was picked up as a stray after she was left locked in a bathroom with another dog.
Sheryl Townsend CPDTKA, a member of the Erie County SPCA's behavior team, was one of the handlers who worked with Cynthia after she was brought in. Despite the conditions Cynthia was found in, Townsend said, "She is consistently happy, friendly and energetic. A good word for her would be 'exuberant.' "
Although Cynthia can't go home with other dogs, Townsend said, she doesn't seem highly reactive to dogs when simply on a walk.
Cynthia has been waiting a while for a new home. Many dogs at the Erie County SPCA come in and out the same day, while others, like Cynthia, are bypassed. Volunteer Robert Gardner estimates each dog having an average stay of about two weeks before being adopted.
With nothing but positive remarks from the volunteers, it is hard to find a reason why Cynthia has called the SPCA home for about three months with no forever home in sight. In a walk log, one volunteer wrote, "Cynthia is super sweet! She was easy to harness and leash and she was eager to walk."
Volunteer Denise Bender said a good home for Cynthia would be an active, energetic one.
"A person who hikes or runs would be a perfect match for her," she said.
The recovery team reported Cynthia was extremely fearful when approached, but she has overcome this fear and is now affectionate toward volunteers. Cynthia can only go to a home with no other animals, and children over the age of 13.
To adopt Cynthia or another animal like her, visit the Erie County SPCA Monday through Saturday. To find more information, or look at any of the adoptable pets, visit https://www.yourspca.org.
UPDATE: Cynthia has finally found her forever home. Her adoption was official as of March 8. Her adopter is a veteran who lives with his wife. They live in the suburbs of Hamburg. In a few months, they plan on moving to a bigger location.
Cynthia was registered as his emotional support dog, so they could always be together.
Townsend said, "This is absolutely the perfect home for her."
Everything is going well and Cynthia has finally found a home that matches her energy level.