It takes a lot of work and tons of dedication to help dogs find their forever homes. Some are lucky enough to find a home right away, while others take more time, frequently due to behavioral and compatibility issues.
While it may be sound like a hopeless case, it turns out that these dogs do well in another field, so the right thing to do as an animal lover is to find what is best for them.
Arrow, a two-year-old Belgian Malinois, was a rescue dog at the Burlington County Animal Shelter in New Jersey. He waited for eight months for a forever home and was returned twice by two different adopters. The first adopter returned him because he didn’t get along with their other pet/ With the second one, he got overprotective with the supposedly new owner’s wife.
It was clear that Arrow’s temperament doesn’t fit in a home setting. It also appears that he’s not a good fit as a service or emotional support dog, either. For some, this may probably be enough to call Arrow unadoptable. Worse, dogs like him end up on death row if they were in a high-kill shelter.
Thankfully, Arrow was in good hands, and the shelter didn’t give up on him. Eventually, Arrow made its way to the Southhampton’s Police Department who badly wanted a K-9 dog for so long. The last time they had one was in the 1960s. To get him started, he partnered with Township Patrolman Kyle Heasley, who accompanied and worked with him during his training.
Arrow’s work involves being a patrol and drug scent dog. And since he had the perfect personality as a police dog, the adjustment and transition period was a breeze, and in time, he became so good at his craft. The shelter and the people around him couldn’t be happier because they could help Arrow find the perfect profession for him.
When he’s not working, he stays at home with Heasley. Surprisingly, he knew how to behave at home when he’s not in police mode.
Arrow has been an excellent addition to the family. They are best friends, they’re together all the time, but most of all, he’s couldn’t be happier for giving Arrow a new lease in life.
Here is a glimpse of Arrow’s Training with his partner: