Help August

About a week ago I happened to find August wandering the streets of Phoenix. He blindly crossed the street and was almost hit by two different vehicles before we directed him out of the way of traffic and into our car. 

August was underweight with matted hair and had wounds on his face and back. Fortunately, he did have  an identification tag with the Maricopa County Pound. In contacting the pound in attempt to find his owners I received less then desirable news.

Unfortunately, after a short stay with his adoptive "owners" August was handed over to a woman looking for a dog on Craigslist. Since his adoption (approximately a month) August has changed hands several times as no one has been honest enough to disclose his issues. After connecting all the dots August has seemingly been taken in and kicked right back out due to his sensitive circumstances.

August has separation anxiety. He is extremely destructive when left alone in confinement. Not knowing his temperament, he was left in a bedroom for roughly 20 minutes (while my brother left for work and I was returning).  

The damage to our home is temporary, but the damage to August is not. His seperation anxiety is so bad he physically harms himself in the process.

He was left in his crate today for roughly an hour. We attempt to work our schedules so his time alone is minimal, but the damage is still enough to break my heart. His gums are bloody and I'm afraid he is going to crack his teeth with time.

He is an absolute sweet heart when in the presence of people, dogs, and kids. Sadly, he just doesn't do well alone. I've reached out to rescues in the valley as well as no kill shelters all of which do not have room or suggested heavy sedatives to keep him calm. As I have a bleeding heart for animals, and August especially, I don't see any of these being viable options.

Instead I have researched behavioral boot camps for dogs. One in particular is a 3 week program that specializes in dogs with seperation anxiety issues. The reviews online have been the only thing to give me hope for August. Unfortunately, I don't have the means to fund a $2600 boot camp. I would be eternally grateful for any and all help. I believe this is the only way for him to live a happy and peaceful life drug and anxiety free.


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Hannah Erin 
Phoenix, AZ
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