This sweet 7-year-old girl would thrive with a family that has a fenced in backyard and other pets

By Amy Jamieson
Updated November 25, 2015 07:13 PM
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Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We’d like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Caitlyn, a 7-year-old shepherd mix, who is currently living at ASPCA’s Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, New Jersey.

This beautiful lady has overcome a lot of bad luck in her life. She and six other dogs were rescued by the NYPD last year after they were found living in neglect in a car in Brooklyn. Poor Caitlyn was filthy and suffering from severe eye disease and extremely fearful from living in such a stressful environment.

Caitlyn would spend the next year at the ASPCA’s Adoption Center in Manhattan, where staff worked with her and helped her get adopted to a family in New Jersey. Sadly, within a few days, she got loose during a walk and was returned to the Adoption Center.

She was then admitted to the ASPCA’s Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in New Jersey where she spent four months working with ASPCA behavior counselors to overcome her fear of unfamiliar people, objects, sounds and situations. Her biggest challenge: leash walking, and she still sometimes gets nervous in busy or unfamiliar areas. Otherwise, though, she’s an easygoing gal. She’s learned so much from her teachers: how to form social bonds with people and she’s mastered house training.

On a medical note, Caitlyn has Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) and is on a special diet of Royal Canin dog food. She also needs eye drops and eye lubricant, which help with irritation/dry eye.

This pretty girl is really fun to be around. She loves food puzzle toys, chew toys, being pet, snoozing on a cozy bed and lounging outdoors in the sun. Her ideal adopter enjoys a low-key lifestyle and lives in a suburban or rural home with a fenced backyard. She can live a happy life as an only dog, but Caitlyn would do best in a home with a friendly, confident canine companion. She also gets along with cats.

If you think Caitlyn is the girl for you, email the ASPCA Rehab Center at behavior.rehab@aspca.org or call at 973-377-5609.

Click here to meet last week’s adoptable pet, Gilbert.

Adopting a pet is an amazing experience – and a big decision! Before bringing a pet into your home, it’s important to consider your family circumstances and do your research.