Smiley: URGENT!!

Quick Bio

Age: Senior (over 8 years old)
Gender: Male
Breed: Terrier (Yorkshire)
Size: Small (under 7kg)
Colour: Brown & Black
  • Special needs

Smiley was destroyed yesterday at the shelter.
This is a very sad situation and it's really awful to think he had to spend his last days locked in that cage.
Heartfelt gratitude goes out to everyone who tried to make the last part of his journey comfortable and happy, and I'm very sorry things turned out this way.

SEPT. 13, 2012:
Smiley is officially up for adoption as his grace period ended September 13. That also means that the countdown to his final day has begun! Please, if anyone is able to offer this guy a home, contact me as soon as possible!

Sept. 11, 2012
This is a bit of an unusual situation, so please bear with me as I try to explain:
I first met Smiley a couple of weeks ago when visiting an animal holding facility in Ansan on an unrelated errand. This facility does not have a fostering program, nor does it generally adopt dogs out to foreigners, so it was not on the agenda to add any animals from this shelter to the ARK website. However, little Smiley is one of those individuals that can get under your skin, and I'd really like to see him get out of the shelter as soon as possible.
When I first saw him, Smiley was sitting on a small blue towel crumpled in the middle of his cage because it was the only protection for his tiny paws from the uncomfortable grate that made up the floor of his pen. As soon as he saw people headed toward him however, Smiley crawled painfully over the grate in order to get as close to his visitors as possible. After issuing a few plaintive cries to garner attention, Smiley pressed his handsome little head up against the bars in the hopes of getting some pats and a few kind words. We obliged, of course, and that was when it became obvious that Smiley was a very special guy.
He would have stayed with his head against the bars for the rest of the day if it meant that he would continue to be stroked- he was perfectly quiet and content as long as he was receiving some simple human affection. What is exceedingly heart-breaking about Smiley’s case is that he is a senior, (approximately 15 years old according to shelter staff) and could potentially spend the rest of his life locked away from the touch of human beings, which is something he obviously loves.
Unfortunately, not much is known about Smiley other than his approximate age and his very friendly nature. There does seem to be something wrong with his lower jaw as he can’t seem to close his mouth all the way, and this might require surgery or at the very least, a bit of special care.
Although the shelter doesn’t routinely adopt animals to foreigners, a wonderful ARK volunteer has found a solution to this issue and has offered to pull Smiley from the shelter should a foster home become available. An ideal situation for Smiley would be for a very kind person to step up and offer him a safe and loving home for the rest of his life. It would be so sad for this little gentleman to have to spend the remainder of his limited time on Earth locked up alone in an uncomfortable cell.
If you are at all interested in adopting or fostering Smiley, or know anyone else who may be, please don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected].


marlajoy's picture

Stories like this are SO terribly heartbreaking! No animal should have to live out their last days in the shelter, far from the love of a family. I'll be thinking about him!

Karen's picture

I feel so sad. Thank you for trying to help him.

clare_bell's picture

I am SO sad that this happened :( I thought it was going to work out for him :'(
Lindsay, thank you so much for trying to give him he best chance at life. Damn those people who didn't give you the time to help him.

linhorobin's picture

Thanks everyone for your condolences and for thinking about Smiley. It is quite sad, as there were many people working for him, and he actually had a wonderful foster home lined up. Fortunately, the awesome couple who were going to foster Smiley have decided to extend that offer to another needy dog in Smiley's honour, and they are currenly on the lookout for the right dog! Huge thanks to Diana Rivera and her husband for their kindness and compassion!

Lemudiana's picture

Lindsay, thank you for your kind words! And as much as we would want to, we wouldn't feel confident enough to foster if it wasn't for the support and advice of great (and experienced) people like all of you. So thanks everyone! We'll do our best, hopefully Smiley will be watching :)