Ellsworth was dropped off at the shelter when his people moved. Sadly, this is a story that is fairly common - people not wanting to deal with having a dog in their new digs or moving somewhere that dogs aren't allowed.
In Ellsworth's case though, we know that he had been with his family since he was 8 weeks old and now at 10 years old found himself terrified in the shelter environment. The shelter contacted various rescue groups because Ellsworth was so distressed by the loss of his family that he couldn't acknowledge other people or dogs. All he did was pace back and forth, watching for his people to come back for him. He wasn't grumpy with anyone but just wasn't interested in any connection. Here's a video of him at the shelter that clearly shows that.
The cold reality is that shelters are underfunded and overcrowded. They need room for incoming strays who hopefully have people coming to claim them. Ellsworth was not a lost dog - he was an owner surrender - he was older, and he was too stressed to show well in the adoption wing. That put him on a short list to be euthanized if a rescue didn't step in.
Saddened by the plight of Ellsworth, New Rattitude stepped in and he was pulled for fostering. Once in a home setting Ellsworth relaxed a little and now after a couple weeks in a temporary rescue spot, he's doing great. Stay tuned as we learn more about this loyal boy. We've heard that he's got a great energy level - active without being crazy - and will do best in a home where he gets to be around his people a lot. He enjoys having other dogs around as well which is good since he'll be living with quite a crew here.
Ellsworth is named for the artist Ellsworth Kelly. Kelly is an American painter, sculptor and printmaker who greatly influenced the course of Minimalist art and Color Field Painting.
|Ellsworth Kelly in 2013|
|Kelly's "Curve XXIV" at the Seattle Art Museum Sculpture Park|