Tracker the Lab mix develops ‘kennel stress’ while waiting for adoption

The two-year-old Lab mix came to the shelter as a stray on May 13 and has been there ever since.
Published: Sep. 1, 2022 at 10:26 AM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - It’s the final day of the annual Clear the Shelters campaign. The Local4 News team is making one last push to help get a canine adopted from Central Nebraska Humane Society .

Tracker is a two-year-old black Lab mix. He’s a medium-sized dog with a laid back personality. The pooch came to the shelter as a stray on May 13 and has been there ever since.

Miquelle Levander who helps care for Tracker at CNHS told Local4 News, lately, Tracker has been showing signs of kennel stress. He’s pacing around his kennel, even jumping at the walls of the cage. All the exercise is causing Tracker to lose weight at an unhealthy rate.

“We’ve upped his food again, changed it to puppy food and he’s still losing weight and. that’s been the stress pacing, which makes it even harder for all the staff to see,” Levander said.

She added, volunteers also tend to overlook Tracker when deciding which dog to exercise. Levander isn’t exactly sure why adopters and volunteers overlook the canine, especially with his history of good behavior.

“He is phenomenal,” she said. “He’s been on several outings with staff to the radio, things like that, and this is his demeanor the whole time… he just lays there, he’s so good, so calm, really patient, knows his commands.”

Tracker is trained to ‘sit’ and ‘shake’ on command. Levander also noted, Tracker is a family-friendly dog and is able to get along with other canines. He enjoys attention and will roll over on his back, asking to have his belly rubbed.

Anyone interested in Tracker can visit his online profile. Interested adopters can also call the humane society or stop by during the shelter’s adoption hours to meet Tracker and find out more information.