Adopt-a-Pet: Sinky the dachshund
We don't think it would be possible for us to feel sorrier for poor Sinky (ID# A0809289), an adoptable smooth-coated dachshund at the South Los Angeles animal shelter -- one look in his eyes is enough to make us want to drop everything to go give him a treat and a pat on the head.
Sinky was dropped off at the shelter at age 12; his owners told shelter staff that they couldn't afford to keep him. Sadly, the deck is stacked against an older dog looking for a home at the large and busy South L.A. shelter; staffers fear they won't be able to keep him much longer, despite the fact that they describe him as very sweet and ideally suited for someone who'd like a calm, slow-moving pet.
Sinky is already neutered, so he can go home with his new owner immediately. He has cataracts, has lost some hair and could stand to lose a few pounds, but just needs "a loving environment in which to live out his retirement," according to Tomika Johnson, the shelter's New Hope program coordinator.
Meet Sinky in person at the South L.A. shelter, located at 3612 11th Ave., or call 888-4LAPET1 with his ID number for more information.
UPDATE 8/5: Sinky was pulled from the South L.A. shelter today by an L.A.-area pet rescue group. Congratulations, Sinky!
-- Lindsay Barnett
Photo: Los Angeles Department of Animal Services