Sweet Kookie Siena Has Every Reason to Hope You’ll Adopt Her Before it’s Too Late — Just Look at That Face!

Have you ever seen a dapple-spotted house hippo? Well, now you have! Kookie is a super cute speckled lady who has been waiting far too long to find a forever home. She has been bouncing around the shelter system since 2021 after being passed from one family member to another.

In the home of one family member, Kookie was described as energetic and playful. She reportedly lived with dogs of all sizes and did fine with kids as young as two years old. She was adopted and in her next home, she was reportedly housebroken. That home was very busy and was not the right fit for Kookie, so she returned to Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, where she’s been waiting ever since.

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Photo: Pima Animal Care Center

Adoptable Dogs

At just about three years old, Kookie has now spent far too much of her young life at PACC. She’s a silly, rambunctious lady who is feeling the stress of shelter life and needs a loving home where she can decompress, relax, and claim all the coziest spots around the house.

One of those might be your lap, as she is under the impression she’s a petite lap dog. Please don’t spoil it for her and tell her otherwise. She needs to hang onto whatever dreams she holds dear until she can hitch a ride to a permanent forever home.

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Photo: Pima Animal Care Center

Animal Shelter Volunteers

Here’s what some of the shelter volunteers have said about recent outings with dear, sweet Kookie:

“I took Kookie Siena on a short hike. She met my 6-year-old and 15-year-old sons and did great with both. She was calm in the car, gave the boys both tons of kisses, and was so sweet. She walked with a loose leash on the trail and didn’t react to other dogs or people. She continuously checked in with me and even had fun jogging for a short bit. Definitely a hidden gem at PACC!”

“Kookie is a goofy, bouncy girl who I think has had enough of life in the shelter at this point. She does well with her roommate, and I often take them both to a play yard in the evenings. Kookie bounces around and explores, then comes back for affection and is definitely not a fan of anyone having their own personal space, lol… I think in a home she will be calmer and more balanced — the stress of being in the shelter is really tough. Kookie is a fantastic young dog and just needs to find the right home.”

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Photo: Pima Animal Care Center

Shelter Pets

Kookie has done well with all of her roommates in the shelter, and during her most recent playgroup evaluation, she was deemed social, tolerant, and playful. She’ll do well in a home where she’ll be given time to settle in and where her family will work with her on learning all of her good-girl skills. If you have room in your heart and home for her or you might know of someone who could, please consider meeting Kookie!

Kookie is spayed, up to date on shots, and weighs approximately 69 pounds. If you are interested in adopting her, please email pacc.adopt@pima.gov for an application or additional questions. She’s in Kennel D195, and her ID# is A755929.

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Photo: Pima Animal Care Center

Making a Difference in the Lives of Animals

On another note, PACC is at critical capacity, meaning that there are more dogs in the shelter than there’s room. This has resulted in the creation of a euthanasia list, which identifies dogs who may be at risk in the near future. This pet and others are on that list. This is something NO shelter EVER wants to resort to. If you think you can help, here is a link to the list: https://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=916070.

PLEASE do not harass them for the gut-wrenching situation they find themselves in, as it’s going on all across the country right now, and no one wants it to be so. Sometimes life is filled with harsh realities. One way we can all make a difference is to temporarily foster these poor animals until the crisis passes.

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