Soulik’s journey to his forever home
An Interview with Sheri Cappu Cino
Sheri: The first time I met Soulik was during our photoshoot. He was the most gentle out of the dogs Pack brought out for the event. That day was super busy and I honestly didn’t have much time to really get to know the dogs so that time I didn’t yet know I wanted Soulik to be my family.
The decision came after I fostered him for couple of days during PACK events. He was such a well behaved boy I couldn’t believe it!! As my landlord doesn’t allow pets I was worried of any damage but it turned out I didn’t need to worry. Soulik came house trained! He only does his business outside and after realizing he doesn’t chew or scratch any of the furniture I let him freely wander around the apartment and sleep wherever he pleased (the couch mostly) for the rest of his stay. Then I thought if no one will adopt this lovely boy during the upcoming events I will make sure he doesn’t go back to the sanctuary.
Amazingly no one saw what I saw in Soulik. Maybe because he is black. Or is 7 years old. Or because he is missing an eye. so a promise is a promise, I moved to a more suitable home and Soulik is now my baby boy.
Tim: What makes volunteering fun or important for you? Why do you do it?
The number of dogs in shelters in crazy high, I really want to help them find a good family.
I’m trying to help people see the value of non “pure breed” dogs, how they make an amazing pet and are very unique. The word pure breed actually makes no sense anymore anyway. All so called pure breeds nowadays are really mainly inbred or cross-bred manufactured designer dogs.
Tim: Why animals?
Sheri: I like animals. Humans are sometimes disappointing. Dogs never seem to disappoint me. They don’t judge me or criticize me, at least not to my knowledge. I come home to unconditional love every day.
Tim: Why would you foster a dog?
Sheri: It’s very rewarding to foster and see your foster dog learn and adapt to city life or family life, get more comfortable by the day with human attention and genuine love. I was very lucky to foster Bella, the sweetheart, before. It was an absolute wonderful time! She’s a dream, that cutie. I would say we have a lot of really good times. It’s amazing to see each dogs personality and slowly starting to understand their behavior and body language.
Tim: What made you adopt a mix breed? Why not just get one from the pet shop?
Sheri: I ALWAYS had mixed breeds. To me they are way more special.
Pet shops have a lot of unhealthy puppies that come from puppy mills. Taiwan has something like 600 backyard breeders and puppy mills, many of them illegal. The dogs often live in filth and get minimal care, and it’s purely for profit. It is a business and they are a product to be sold. There is no love involved. That doesn’t sit well with me. No one should support that.
Tim: How is your experience since you've adopted? How has it changed your life?
Sheri: We’ve been very happy with Su, he is a very good therapy dog after a long day. I would say there is a lot more laughter and joy in the house with him. It’s hard to stay in a bad mood when you come home to a sweetie like Su. We need more foster parents to help the shelter dogs adjust.