Prospective pet owners flock to SAVE shelter in Princeton as willingness to adopting shelter animals increases – NJ.com

Erin Pettus wasn’t in the market for a dog when she and her mom enlisted to volunteer at SAVE shelter in Princeton Township — until she met Crash.

He was underweight, afraid of his own shadow, a bit anti-social, and a mixed breed to the point of being unidentifiable. But that mutt melted Pettus’ heart. She adopted Crash and has spent the last month coaxing him out of his shell.

“He wouldn’t even come out of his kennel,” said Pettus, of West Windsor. “It’s been a long year with much excitement and a lot of work. But it’s not so bad waking up with that face and those ears snuggled in next to you. Although he is still very shy, he is improving every day.”

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