There are few things on earth that are as strong as the bond between a dog and their human. Ginger is proof of that.
The 3-year-old German Shepherd was surrendered to Apple Valley Animal Shelter in California on September 17th after her owner became homeless. According to the information listed on her AdoptaPet page, the man had been previously living with his mother, but has now resorted to living in his car.
He was unhappy about giving the dog up, but realized the car was too small and not an adequate life for a large dog. Details on his situation are unknown and we could not reach him for comment.
However, Ginger proved to be quite the escape artist on that same night, just an hour or so after employees left for the day. The shelter’s alarm system went off, and they were worried that they had an intruder, even thinking that someone perhaps took a dog from the shelter. What they found on the security cameras proved otherwise.
Ginger managed to climb out of the 6-foot kennel and jumped on the front desk in protest before making her great escape out of not one, but three doors. “It was no easy feat,” Director of Animal Services Gina Whiteside told PupJournal.
“The door handle to the kennel room had to be pushed down and then pulled to open the door from the inside. Then the other doors were fire egress doors, so she had to push the bar while using her muzzle and paws to open the door at the same time. No other dog has ever done this here!”
Shelter administrators believe that she was trying to find her owner based on the fact that she was later found just a block away from her former home — nearly three miles from the shelter.
Fortunately, Ginger is back at the shelter in a kennel with a top that she can’t climb out of again. Her listing has been updated as a “special needs” dog, and Apple Valley Animal Shelter told Fox 11 Los Angeles that they are looking for someone that knows the breed — and understands how smart she is — to adopt her.
Of course, it is never easy when hearing that difficult circumstances like losing a home lead to a pet surrender. However, in this case Whiteside agrees with the owner that Ginger is better off being placed in a more stable home. “There’s always a reason that an animal is turned in,” she stated.
“We’ve seen dogs that were with owners for 5-6 years or longer that bond with their new owners and settle in, and it ends up being a better situation for them.” We hope that things work out for the former owner as well, despite not knowing the full circumstances.
Ginger is good with dogs and kids, and would do best in a home that doesn’t underestimate her intelligence. Commenters on Apple Valley Animal Shelter’s Facebook page think she needs a job, perhaps even to be trained as a service animal. We don’t doubt that she can do anything she sets her mind to!
There has been a lot of interest in Ginger since the video has surfaced, but only four people have come in to complete the application — so there’s still a chance that she could be yours. Apple Valley Animal Shelter has many wonderful animals available for adoption, including other German Shepherds and even some GSD puppies.
The shelter has a very low euthanization rate that is almost no-kill (only 15% of dogs have been euthanized since the beginning of the year, and that does not account for those that were sick or asked to be euthanized by owners), so Ginger isn’t in immediate danger, but of course a home is always a more comfortable environment.
Whiteside closed the conversation by reflecting, “Ginger highlighted something we see in all of the animals in our shelter. She’s a cool dog that did a really cool thing, but all of our animals are cool!”