First up, Caroline. This beautiful young dog has been at Clay Co. Animal Services for a while, and when she developed skin allergies, a volunteer started fostering her. The foster wanted to make sure that she would be adopted to a home that would continue to treat her health problems, so she looked for a private rescue that would be able to vet adoption applications carefully. Another Clay volunteer put her in touch with us, and when we explained that we were both full and broke, she made an offer we couldn’t refuse: she would cover vet costs and foster until adoption. We get dozens of requests to help nice dogs every month – sometimes it seems like dozens every week. This time, one persons’ absolute commitment to a dog – and the shelter volunteer’s ability to put her in touch with us – made the difference.
Then there's Goose. This little guy -- who probably should be a big guy -- came to our attention because of those same incredible Clay volunteers who never, never give up on the dogs they love. Because we love to work with Clay volunteers and because our Clay dogs have been amazing, we decided to meet him, with the thought that maybe in a few weeks, when we had room, we could take him into our program. We knew he was heartworm positive, which meant that he would not need to worry about adoption for a couple of months. So our most intrepid volunteer headed to the Animal Expo at Clay to meet him today, only to find that he had been taken to No More Homeless Pets in Jacksonville because he had started coughing blood. When she got there, she was told that he had been taken to a vet office for further tests. (That's why we call him Goose -- because it took a wild goose chase to track him down!) It turns out that he is suffering not only from heartworm but also pneumonia. In addition, he is 10-15 lbs. underweight, his teeth appear to have been filed down, and he has some other dental problems as well. However, in true pit bull fashion, he just wants to climb into your lap. And of course, he's coming home with Lacey and will be getting round-the-clock vet care. We're not sure how it will go, but if we have anything to say about it, he'll make it.