Shedd Aquarium & Lucky Dog Rescue Partner to Find Forever Home for Shedd Trained Pup, Kobe

November 14, 2016

CHICAGO – Shedd Aquarium, a leader in animal rescue and rehabilitation, and Lucky Dog Rescue, a local Chicagoland rescue organization, are working together to secure a permanent home for Shedd-trained rescue dog, Kobe.

Kobe, a 5-year-old male Dogo Argentino mix, was brought to Shedd in March of 2015. Kobe was the fifth dog to be adopted by Shedd from a Chicago-area shelter since 2013, and one of four dogs currently at the aquarium. For the past five decades, Shedd’s Animal Response Team has been dedicated to responding and providing critical support for animals in times of crisis while focusing on four core areas - rescue, rehabilitation, release and rehome. Two previous rescue dogs – Bruce and Coral – have since been adopted into loving homes. Using the “Shedd Way” of training through positive reinforcement, the aquarium’s trainers have worked with Kobe and provided him constant care. Kobe has had the opportunity to participate in the aquarium’s “One World” aquatic presentation, a celebration of the human connection to animals. Kobe is loving, enjoys being with people and socializes very well with other dogs. Some of his favorite things to do are play with his squeaky toys, hang around with Shedd staff and nibble on yummy frozen treats!

Since Kobe has successfully completed his training, Shedd Aquarium and Lucky Dog Rescue are ready to find him a nurturing forever home. To learn more about Kobe and inquiry about adopting him, please contact Melia at melia88@comcast.net.

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND

When found, Kobe was very thin and dirty, with a rope tied around his collar. Rescuers suspected he might have been a junkyard dog, and noticed that his previous owners attempted to crop his ears at home with a pair of scissors. Kobe was on the euthanasia list until Lucky Dog Rescue rescued him and moved him to a kennel - saving his life. At the shelter, Kobe proved to be a quick study, learning to walk nicely on a leash when going on outings with volunteers, to come when he was called, and how to sit and do a “down” for treats. His story is an example of the critical role rescue organizations play in the well-being of animals, educating the public and encouraging them to participate by rescuing shelter animals.

VISUALS

High resolution photos of Kobe can be found here: https://personal.filesanywhere.com/fs/v.aspx?v=8d6e6887596376b86f9e

Photo credit: ©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez

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