Alex’s life began in South Korea where life for dogs is very difficult. Alex was mistreated from the second he entered into the world. Separated from his mom and siblings at just a few weeks old, Alex was left in a dirty crate outdoors and alone. A U.S. Service member stationed in South Korea discovered Alex when he was only 8 weeks old and on his second abusive owner. Alex was skinny, filthy dirty and scared of everything. The owner didn’t want Alex anymore and was about to sell him to a dog meat trader. Luckily for Alex, the service member intercepted Alex and eventually brought him home to the States to live with his family.
Due to the abuse, Alex was terrified and often would shut down completely in terror: hitting the ground, curling up in a ball and pressing his little eyes closed as tightly as possible. Every little noise startled him. He began to find some comfort in his new home but his abuse haunted him. He became fear aggressive as he matured, deciding that defending himself first was the best way to ensure he would not be harmed. The family eventually realized Alex needed more help than they could give him.
Treasured k9s was able to take Alex and budgeted $6000 a standard 2 month rehabilitation with a professional behaviorist. It soon became clear that Alex would need far more than 2 months. Alex’s rehabilitation costs have exceeded $20,000. The investment has paid off for Alex as he is now ready for adoption, but has left Treasured k9s with debt for his training costs. Treasured k9s views behavioral rehabilitation expenses the same as medical expenses. They both are necessary to prepare a dog for adoption. Please donate so we can continue our work for the many other dog like Alex who need us.