Matilda the English bulldog was saved: Can Zeus find safety too?


On Friday, Matilda, an eight-year-old English bulldog languished in her shelter cage at Lancaster Animal Shelter with her head hung low; she had given up on life.

Matilda’s owner surrendered her to the shelter on November 28. She had stopped eating, her breathing had become labored; she had been failed by everyone in her life. Even with two adoption commitments from the public, no one ever came to the shelter to meet her.

Matilda’s plight went viral. Thousands of animal lovers shared her story and her brief video. By Friday night, Matilda was safe at her foster home; bathed and tucked into a soft blanket and bed, resting comfortably.

So how about helping Zeus? Brought in as a stray on November 14, no one ever came to claim him either. Another seven-year-old English bulldog left to wonder what happened to his family. Sadly, Zeus is not doing well either.

“STATUS: RED: Kennel stress”

When asked what was meant by “kennel stress” a volunteer offered the following information:

 “It was stated that he was lunging at kennel door, but I did not witness that today. He was very calm.”

Check out Zeus’ video:

✔️ Rescued 12/11/18 ZEUS (name on kennel card) #A1473903STATUS: RED Kennel stress. Lunges at other Dogs.I am a neutered male, black and white English Bulldog.The shelter staff think I am about 7 years old.I have been at the shelter since Nov 14, 2018.My stray holding period ended on 11/28/2018 and I am now available for adoption.For more information about this animal, call:Riverside County Animal Control – Riverside Shelter at (951) 358-7387Ask for information about animal ID number A1473903https://petharbor.com/pet.asp?uaid=RVSD.A1473903 Please read 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻▪️This page does not facilitate adoptions, rescues, transportation, pledge tallying or collecting under any circumstances, UNLESS it’s a reputable rescue we know and trust. ▪️This page does not always have current status of an animal after it is removed from Petharbor. Please do not post “Update??” on the threads. If you would like an immediate update, please call the shelter. If and when we receive an update, we will make sure to post it. ▪️If you pledge on a dog that is pulled by a reputable rescue, please intended on honoring it. Repeatedly pledging and not honoring will also get you banned. If you are pledging on a dog, and receive a pledge collection from a rescue you are unfamiliar with, or feel uneasy about, please research them before honoring. ▪️Bad mouthing the shelter will get you banned. We strive to work with the shelter, not against them. The animals need us more than we need drama. ▪️Our videos MAY NOT PORTRAY a dogs true behavior. Please do not intend to adopt based on the behavior of the dog in the video! Please go and meet the dog in person. ▪️The shelter does not conduct out of state adoptions over the phone. If you are interested in adopting an animal, you MUST physically visit the shelter and fill out proper paperwork. ▪️Dogs who are scheduled for euthanasia will USUALLY have a Petharbor link that states “I am no longer available” in red writing. Their photo will still be visible. These dogs are still alive and need IMMEDIATE rescue but may be euthanized at anytime. When a dog’s Petharbor link says “Sorry this dog is no longer in our online database. Please check with the shelter to find out it’s availability” and their photo is NO LONGER visible, it means the dog has been adopted, rescued or euthanized. ▪️For a break down of what the different color status’s (green, yellow and red) mean, please read our pinned post. Pinned post will also contain a link to view the current color coded dogs at the shelter. You can access pinned post here: https://www.facebook.com/804803646241030/posts/1764301973624521/Shelter address: 6851 Van Buren Boulevard Riverside, California 92509Phone: 951-358-7387M-F 11am-6pmSaturday 11am-5pmShelter does not answer phones on SaturdayRescue department: Rescue phone: 951-358-7302Rescue email: rescue@rivco.orgRescue desk is closed on the weekends.

Posted by Saving Riverside Shelter Dogs on Saturday, December 8, 2018

Share Zeus’ plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Make sure to reference A1473903. A Facebook page for this boy can be followed here.

Follow his PetHarbor link here.

Contact Riverside Animal Control – Riverside Shelter at 951.358.7387.

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