From the streets to a cage

$4,295 of $7,250 goal

Raised by 69 people in 60 months
With no name and nobody being sure of where this boy came from he appeared one day in the canal that runs through Ingleburn. People began to grow concerned as every day he got thinner and began sleeping under the railway track that ran over the canal. The first sightings began roughly 8 months ago (though he could have been living there much longer) and until two weeks ago the canal was his home. He had a routine that he followed daily with set areas he travelled to in search for scraps, walking for kilometres every day based on the sightings.

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Two months after the first sightings began a group of volunteers attempted to catch him but he was absolutely terrified of people and would not let anybody get close enough. The attempt was quickly abandoned and this boy was left alone. He survived for the next few months I believe on the kindness of some locals and factory workers who ocassionally left their scraps behind for him. With the nights getting colder concern grew again for him and it was decided a new plan had to be put in place. Instead of attempting to catch this boy a trap was set up in an area at the edge of the canal and he was caught that same night. As expected, he was terrified.

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Upon arrival to the pound he was deemed as possibly aggressive and 'rescue only' as he hadn't had human contact for so long and would need intensive behaviour rehabilitation. This boy did not trust humans and would bark if anyone approached his kennel before cowering back into the corner if they actually went inside. It's been close to impossible finding a rescue willing to take on such a difficult case and give this boy a second chance but after a week of trying Fetching Dogs, a local rescue, has amazingly offered to pull this boy out of the pound if his behaviour rehabilitation costs are covered. They help hundreds of dogs every year and are not in a financial position to do it themselves. Their behaviourist visited the pound to assess him yesterday and though there's no guarantees is confident this boy can be helped- he just needs to learn to trust people again and gain some confidence. Though still very scared he has already made some amazing progress as he no longer barks when somebody approaches his kennel and will instead timidly come forward and gently take a treat out of your hand if offered. It is obvious he has been let down by people in the past but desperately wants to trust again. The pound has already held this boy for the madatory period- this means that as soon as they run out of kenneling space he will be put to sleep. This can happen any day now. Please help give this boy a second chance.

The money raised will put this boy through intensive behaviour rehabilitation with a fantastic behaviourist for three months as well as cover his desexing and vaccination fees (as well as paypal and gofundme fees) whilst we work on finding the right home for this special boy.
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Fantastic news- Cove has finally been adopted! A lovely couple met him a few days ago and absolutely fell in love :) it took a while but they are an apparently perfect match so it was definitely worth it in the end. Big thanks to everybody who helped get this boy where he is xx
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As you can see from the photo Cove has been doing amazingly and is barely recognizable. He is almost at the end of his journey with rehab and we are currently looking at a possible adoption for him. He has transformed into an affectionate and playful boy and loves going on walks and has grown quite fond of belly rubs :) thank you to everybody who has helped so far and hopefully the next update will be of one in his new home x
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Latest vid from Cove (excuse the blurriness)- so pleased with how far he's come! He enjoys getting rubs and is finally able to be leashed and walked =) the behaviourist thinks we can start looking for a home for him after he gets desexed. He is still a very unique boy and will need a unique home- if you are interested or know anybody who is please get in contact to discuss =)
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Cove has shown us his first little peek of a playful side. In a bid to get him more interested in interacting with people the behaviorist brought in another dog and had a long play session with toys in front of him. After this was over Cove picked up one of the toys himself and imitated the other dog. It didn't last very long (we have ourselves a very serious boy) but it's a step in the right direction =)
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Raised by 69 people in 60 months
Created July 18, 2014
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KM
$10
kelly mills
59 months ago

Love the updates on Cove. Can we please have updated photos of Coves condition and progress?

H
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Hells
59 months ago
BM
$20
Bev Magyar
59 months ago

Good luck..you seem to be doing an amazing job so far with Cove..xx

RG
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Robyn Goulding
59 months ago
KP
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kerry petersen
59 months ago

Donated again

$200
Anonymous
59 months ago
JR
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James Roberts
60 months ago

Please Help Cove!!!

KM
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Kelly Mills
60 months ago

Bless you all for helping this dog!

$30
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60 months ago
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60 months ago
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