Hello, I’m a volunteer at FACE Low Cost Animal Clinic in Indianapolis, IN. The facility primarily provides low-cost spay/neuter (75 surgeries a day), vaccinations, medical care etc…to the Indianapolis area but also has is its share of strays, abandoned and surrendered animals show up at its door or hooked on its fence or left on the grounds. In June of this year Debo was brought to the clinic by a good Samaritan who found him stumbling around downtown Indy. They walked 2 miles to seek help and refuge at FACE. We immediately realized that Debo could not see anything. After a visit with an ophthalmologist, we learned that Debo had a severe case glaucoma and that removing both eyes was necessary to relieve a massive amount of pressure…imagine a 24/7 migraine. Surgery was a success and he is healing quite well. It is clear that Debo has not had sight for quite some time, but has not yet learned how to adjust to a world that he cannot see. He is adapting quite well, as dogs do. He needs a calm environment with humans who can teach him to be confident without the use of his eyes and it’s been a real challenge with the clinic under-going a massive remodel. Oh and if you fall in love with him…King Debo, the wonder pup is looking for a wonderful foster or adopter who can help him learn to see the world without sight. Visit: http://facespayneuter.org/adoptions/
When Jinx the 5-year-old Pit Bull mix dog arrived at the Animal Care Center of New York City (ACC), he was very scared and fearful.
Aside from the usual shock brought on by a new environment, Jinx was facing another difficulty: ever since he was born, he has been blind. This makes everything so much harder for the gorgeous dog.
So it was never going to be easy for him when his family dropped him off at the center, saying simply “He”s an amazing dog”. According to them, it was just that Jinx didn’t get along well with their other dogs. [Read the full article….]
- 14:00 30 July 2016
A quick-thinking member of the Old Nene Golf Club in Ramsey has been praised for saving the life of a deaf and blind dog, after it almost drowned at the course last week.
Joyce Ward, 63, was playing a round with Roger Ferra on July 19, when the pair noticed a man waist-deep in the river, trying to rescue his Labrador.
“We were approaching the bridge over the Old Nene and I noticed there was a boxer dog sat on the river bank and we thought someone had abandoned it,” Mr Ferra told The Hunts Post.
“We then noticed a man up to his waist in the water shouting to his dog on the other side of the river, and it was struggling to get out.
“The dog was swimming round and round, and you could see it was getting weaker and was going under the water then getting back up. You could see it was on its last legs.”
Although the pair tried shouting too, Joyce knew it wasn’t enough, and quickly stripped to her underwear before wading into the water herself.
“I just thought I can’t stand here and watch the dog drown,” she said.
“That was all I was bothered about – that the dog was OK.” [Read the full article….]
A blind dog and his owner have raised almost £6,500 for charity after embarking on a 190-mile walk.
Basil, a 15-year-old fox terrier and Michael Carter, of Farm Lane, Camber, walked from the cliffs of St Bees on the Irish Sea to the fishing village of Robin Hoods Bay on the North Sea, in support of Dogs Trust.
Basil had both eyes removed after developing glaucoma and spent part of the journey being carried in a customised rucksack.
Michael said: “I was so moved by people’s generosity and support throughout the walk and astonished at how many people became emotionally attached to Basil. One super fan, Helen Jamieson, had followed Basil every day. She had recently lost her own beloved Westie, Ollie and was struggling to come to terms with his loss. Helen said she found great comfort in Basil’s unfolding story. Helen came up to Robin Hood’s Bay to welcome us back and it was a very special moment for both of us.
“We finished the walk in the 16 days I had planned. Though this is a little longer than is usual it gave Basil plenty of time to walk, sniff around or just sit and rest.
“I made sure I didn’t think of the walk as being about reaching the end but about the day we were in. It was important for me to experience the highs and lows and enjoy the moment.
To donate and see the blog, visit www.basilsadventure.com
While Mineral Point resident Lisa Edge’s dog, Noah, didn’t make it to the finals for a national competition, it hasn’t stopped the pair from spreading their anti-bullying message.
Noah, a blind bichon poodle mix with deformed hind legs, was a semifinalist in the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, a national competition that acknowledges the achievements of dogs and their owners.
Voting for the competition closed July 22 and Edge heard back from organizers via email at the beginning of July that Noah didn’t make it to the final round.
“Of course we were disappointed,” Edge said. “However, the way I look at it, I wasn’t even expecting him to make it to this point being that he’s only a year and a half.”
Noah, who often scoots around via a customized wheelchair, competed in the “emerging hero” category, and was one of 24 semifinalists across eight categories. Other categories included rescue and therapy dogs.
Edge said she plans to enter Noah into the competition again next year.
The two visit schools and nursing homes across southern Wisconsin to educate about accepting differences and bullying. [Read the full article….]
I challenge you to watch this video (below) without a soppy smile on your face, or tears in your eyes
…..most probably BOTH!
July 18, 2016
WASHINGTON (UPI) — A dog stricken blind by diabetes underwent surgery and was filmed reuniting with his owners and seeing their faces for the first time in months. Benjamin May said Duffy the 8-year-old Irish terrier went blind after contracting diabetes, but the canine was eligible for surgery to restore his sight after medication brought diabetes under control.
“He’s a rescue dog and he’s had a lot of struggles with his health,” May said.
May posted a video showing Duffy reuniting with May’s parents and sister after his surgery and reacting with extreme joy at seeing their faces for the first time in months.
June 20, 2016 | 10:41 AM MST
Jaxx…he is an older boy, a black dog likely to suffer from the dreaded “black dog syndrome,” and he has cataracts. Is there anyone who will see this senior dog’s worth and find it in their heart to offer him a loving home?
The Facebook page, Focus on Furever, uploaded several beautiful photos of Jaxx on Friday, along with a few words about this homeless dog. Jaxx’s description reads, “I have cataracts and some eye boogies that make it difficult to see but I can still get around pretty good for an old guy. I’m very sweet and well behaved, I like to chill and get loved on! I will make any family happy and can’t wait to go home with someone.”
The review date for Jaxx has already come and gone. Though the review date does not mean “euthanasia date,” it does mean that Jaxx is in jeopardy if he is not rescued soon. The Corpus Christi Animal Services facility does put dogs down for space constraints.
Please help Jaxx find a loving family by taking a moment to share his adoption information.
Location: Corpus Christi Animal Care Services (CCACS), 2626 Holly Road, Corpus Christi, Texas, (361) 826-4606, 4601 or 4630, email@example.com
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A lovely, inspirational story to brighten your Friday…..
This little Fox Terrier has a number of serious issues, any one of which would cause many owners to give up on him – he’s blind in both eyes, deaf and has severe dental disease. Despite all this, Chloe DeGrate decided to keep Reily and give him the loving home he so desperately needed.
By Marianne Laquinto | June 9, 2016
The Craig’s List ad simply read: “7-year-old dog that needs a new home and love.” Chloe DeGrate, 28, was in search of a little Terrier to call her own for several months; having rescued three terriers in the past nine years, she longed for the loving companionship they provide. Upon seeing the Craig’s List ad, she responded immediately, and within two days the tiny dog, shivering and wrapped in a blanket, was delivered into her arms. The tiny, neglected Toy Fox Terrier, after bouncing from home to home, has finally found the forever home, love and care he waited for all of his life.
The Mayhew animal home in Harrow is appealing to the public to find homes for two blind dogs in its care.
Nine-year-old Shih Tzu Tallula and eight year old Cockerpoo Bella are blind in both eyes but still live their lives to the full like every other dog.
Tallula is looking for her third home after she had to have her eyes removed after developing infections which then turned into ulcers.
The Mayhew’s Dog Adoption Officer, Lisa Guiney, said: “With her playful and confident nature, being blind clearly doesn’t bother Tallula at all.
“She has so much character; she loves playing with her toys, snores like a trooper and will even chat back to you if you talk to her.”
Bella was born in Long Beach, California but became blind earlier on this year and was given two different [diagnoses], one said she was suffering from glaucoma and the other thought she had cataracts.
In February earlier this year, Bella’s owner made the decision to move away from America to London and despite her efforts, Bella’s owner was unable to find accommodation which would allow for dogs and had to put her up for adoption with The Mayhew.
When she arrived at The Mayhew their vets gave Bella a full check-up and were able to give a more definite diagnosis on her condition and discovered that she had a progressive degeneration of the retinas, which doesn’t need any medical treatment or cause her any discomfort.
Ms Guiney said: “Bella is a very sweet, calm and gentle dog who is well behaved and sociable with people, other dogs and cats. She is such an affectionate girl and especially loves it when you rub her belly.
If you are interested in adopting either Tallula or Bella then please visit The Mayhew website or call 020 8962 8000.
May 17, 201612:02 PM MST
Dumped at the Pima County Animal Care Center (“PACC”) in Tucson, innocent victims of their humans’ divorce, two bonded older dogs, are struggling at the shelter. Cheerio, is blind, and he and Fubu, his sighted best friend, rely completely on each other for support. But sadly, because of the stress of being in the county shelter, the dogs have been separated for safety concerns, as indicated by a note on one of their kennels. These two pups have been in the shelter since April 10, 2016 and it is wearing on them.
Volunteers at the shelter and local animal welfare community are very concerned that while Cheerio is literally blind to what’s going on around him, Fubu is very anxious for both of them, and has been but on anti-stress meds to try and alleviate the poor dog’s distress. Both dogs are technically seniors – Cheerio is 8, and Fubu is 7 – and the odds of them being adopted at all, much less together, are somewhat daunting, but championing their cause is animal welfare group, Team Up for Tucson (“TUFT”), who are working hard to get the dogs adopted together – putting together videos and pleas for these pups.
They have also been taking both Fubu and Cheerio, out of the shelter and working on their training at canine recreation center and gym, A Loyal Companion (“ALC”), to help prepare them together for, hopefully, a future new and loving home.
In addition, they are both sponsored for one month of training at ALC, and have $250 veterinary credit each, for their future family’s use. The dogs are playful, friendly, sweet, and share everything – toys, food, treats, and kisses – and being blind does not hold Cheerio back from being an amazing, loving dog.
“Fubu is such a loving guide dog to Cheerio, it’s pretty incredible what they have worked out together…These two guys are so special, please consider giving them a forever home and enjoy what you have done for them.” ~Steve Oliver, volunteer
These boys need a loving home sooner rather than later – let’s make sure they are never, ever separated from each other again and will live out the rest of their days happily together. If you are able to adopt, foster, or are a rescue willing to take them in, please immediately contact: Team Up for Tucson at 520-303-2167 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I feel so bad that NONE of these photos capture how amazing these two dogs are around people. To say they are truly sweet, special, unique and amazing would be the understatement of the year!” ~TUFT volunteer, Michele Ochoaski