Adelia has a mysterious past.

Toronto Humane Society staff aren’t sure what her previous owner did to cause the dog to cower from human touch, but it had to be bad.

“She must have been treated very poorly at her last home,” adoption worker Daneal Milburn said. “She was very scared of everyone that came in. You could never hug her ... she would yelp.”

The 5-year-old whippet-Labrador cross, who arrived in May from a transfer shelter, has started coming out of her shell, but needs a home to be fully socialized, Milburn said yesterday.

She hopes this civic holiday weekend will be the start of Adelia’s new life. The Toronto shelter is holding an “emergency adoption blitz” from tomorrow to Sunday, as their downtown and North York facilities are jam-packed with pets in need of homes.

The humane society has about 1,200 animals under its care, spokesman Ian McConachie said yesterday, adding while the shelter has held adoption blitzes before, this is the first time they’ve labelled it an “emergency.”

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