NEW YORK CITY — A city shelter that's temporarily housing "Tie," the Metro-North train-chasing pooch rescued earlier this week, has been deluged by requests to adopt her.
At least 55 people, including one of the MTA officers who rescued the collie from the railroad tracks, have contacted Animal Care and Control about adopting the adventurous canine since she was found on Monday, officials said.
“There is a lot of interest from potential adopters,” said Alexandra Silver of AC&C. “While Tie isn’t available yet, there are hundreds of other wonderful dogs — and cats and rabbits — currently looking for loving homes.”
AC&C is giving the rightful owner of the energetic collie-shepherd mix until Friday to turn up before beginning the process of putting her up for adoption.
In the meantime, the shelter has been encouraging would-be owners to take a look at the other cuddly rescue animals that are also available for adoption. They didn't outrun trains, but AC&C officials said many of them are just as adorable:
Hayleigh, a brown puppy with white paws, loves to have his belly rubbed and is starting to pick up basic commands. He is ideal for anyone who is ready to commit to a long-term relationship with man’s best friend, shelter officials said.
There's also Bow, a 1-year-old stray cat from Brooklyn, who was found living on the streets. The white cat with giant ears is very social, and is perfect for someone who wants to have a pet for many years to come.
Penelope is a caramel brown pit bull mix who loves to wag her tail. She is petite for a pit bull and is well behaved when leashed, shelter officials said. She would get along best with someone who enjoys taking her out on long walks around the neighborhood.
Tennessee is a white rabbit with black ears, who is less than a year old and enjoys being held gently, shelter workers said.
Eva is a calm, quiet, well-behaved pit bull mix. She sits on command, takes treats gently off your hand and loves playing fetch with a tennis ball. She is great for anyone looking for a easy-going dog.