Kirk Shindle and his partner Jeff Telepo adopted Maestro, an American bull dog and pit bull type mix, in July, 2012 from his foster mom Lisa LaFontaine, the President and CEO of the Washington Humane Society (WHS).When Maestro first arrived at WHS, he was not very responsive to interaction. Staff feared he might have a hearing problem. Lisa was visiting the New York Avenue Adoption Center to pick up her newest foster dog, Stella, when Maestro caught her eye. He was lying flat in his enclosure and appeared to be incredibly depressed. Knowing that Maestro would not prosper in his current environment, she decided to leave with not one, but two new fosters. Soon Maestro and Stella were on their way to their new foster home, much to the surprise of Lisa’s husband. To her relief, Maestro responded to noises once he was settled at home, so they ruled out deafness and resolved that the adoption center environment was just not a good fit for Maestro.