Adoptable Pet of the Week: Princess, the shelter’s hidden gem

Princess is a lovely, if quirky, addition to the Iowa City Animal Center. — photo by Zak Neumann

Like the princesses in many a fairy tale, Princess the dog was not meant to be caged. The pit-lab-mystery mix is a sight to behold when given an open, comfortable space, prancing like a graceful doe and taking in all her surroundings.

Princess arrived at the Iowa City Animal Center this summer with her regal name, and while the center staff would normally start fresh with a new name, the title was oddly fitting — the sinewy and light-haired Princess came covered with mange, which gave her skin a Barbie pink color.

The young dog has a light and graceful trot. — photo by Zak Neumann

With proper care, her skin irritation and swelling receded and a testy secondary infection was cured, but one-year-old Princess was still not thriving in the animal center. Her still-weak immune system, coupled with the stress of living in confinement with other barking dogs, was debilitating, and she was placed in a foster home.

Within the foster family’s house, Princess came into her own, melting into a sweet, strong and trusting dog — so much so that the humans fostering her have considered making the situation permanent. After six weeks, Princess returned to the shelter briefly before beginning another round of foster care. While she is more comfortable in her temporary home, it can be hard to find adopters for a dog that isn’t present on the center’s adoption floor.

Princess is most comfortable in a calm and quiet home. — photo by Zak Neumann

While it’s easy to fall in love with Princess, her humans will need to have the time and means to take care of her. She has sensitive skin, requires prescription food that costs up $90 a bag and will need regular veterinary visits. But center staff, who consider the friendly pup a “hidden gem,” hope Princess will find her perfect caretakers soon. A dog this special deserves a kingdom of her own.

Visit the Iowa City Animal Center’s website for more information on adoption. If you’re interested in adopting Princess, call or stop by the Iowa City Animal Center at 3910 Napoleon Ln in Iowa City between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, or 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturdays. Even though Princess is back in her foster home, she is still available for adoption, and a meet-and-greet can be arranged.

Interested in fostering dogs or cats in need? Information on the foster care program can also be found at the center’s website. The Iowa City Animal Center is always looking for temporary homes for animals that, for one reason or another, could use a break from the shelter environment.

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