Reece, the Death Row Puppy Who Was Too Afraid to Move After Months in Shelter

Reece is a death row puppy who has been waiting for his forever home for too long. He is a 7-month-old black and tan German shepherd mix who weighs 28 pounds. He was found roaming the streets in Jurupa Valley, California, and was impounded at the Riverside County Animal Services shelter on September 30, 2023.

The Plight of Reece, the Death Row Puppy

Reece has been struggling to adapt to the shelter environment since he arrived. He was very shy and scared of humans, and did not know how to walk on a leash. He was reluctant to have any interaction with people, and preferred to hide away from them. He seemed to have given up on finding a home.

According to Kerri S. Mabee, deputy public information officer at Riverside County Department of Animal Services, Reece was showing signs of kennel stress after being at the shelter for so long. He was also on the euthanasia list, meaning he could be put down at any time if no one adopted him or rescued him.

Reece needed someone to give him a chance and show him love and kindness. He needed someone to help him overcome his fears and trust humans again. He needed someone to save his life.

Reece’s Hope for a Happy Ending

Fortunately, Reece’s story caught the attention of some animal lovers who wanted to help him. They shared his pictures and videos on social media, hoping to find him a suitable adopter or foster. They also contacted some rescue groups and asked them to consider taking him in.

One of the people who tried to help Reece was Jeffrey Simpkins, a cat lover who had previously adopted a cat from the same shelter. Simpkins visited Reece at the shelter and posted a video of him on TikTok, under the account @cat_dad_2020. In the video, Simpkins tried to coax Reece out of his kennel, but Reece was too afraid to move. He just stared at Simpkins with a sad and scared expression, and did not respond to his voice or treats.

Simpkins captioned the video: “This is Reece. He is on death row at Riverside County Animal Services. He is terrified and needs a home ASAP. Please share and help him.” The video quickly went viral, and received over 300,000 views and thousands of comments. Many people expressed their sympathy and support for Reece, and some even offered to adopt him or donate money for his rescue.

Simpkins told Newsweek that he was overwhelmed by the response, and that he hoped Reece would find a home soon. He said: “He is such a sweet boy. He just needs someone to show him that not all humans are bad. He deserves a chance to live and be happy.”

Reece’s Status as of November 25, 2023

As of November 25, 2023, Reece is still at the shelter, waiting for his miracle. According to the shelter’s website, Reece is available for adoption, and his adoption fee is $105. He is neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. He is also eligible for a free training program through the shelter’s partnership with the University of California, Davis.

However, Reece is not suitable for a home with children, cats, or other dogs, as he is not well socialized and may have some behavioral issues. He needs an experienced and patient owner who can work with him and train him. He also needs a home with a secure yard, where he can run and play safely.

If you are interested in adopting Reece, you can contact the shelter at (951) 358-7387, or visit their website at Riverside County Animal Services. You can also follow Reece’s updates on the Instagram page @savingriversideshelterdogs, where his advocates post his pictures and videos regularly.

Reece is a death row puppy who was too afraid to move after months in shelter. He is a beautiful and innocent soul who needs a second chance at life. He is running out of time, and he needs your help. Please share his story and help him find his forever home.

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