Returns don't happen very often, but sometimes it seems as if when one happens, it is immediately followed by many more! In the past two weeks, we've received several returned dogs, and it seems that most of them have been mine! The good news is that Nosey, the blind Beagle puppy who was going to be returned, ended up going to a family member of the adopter and is no longer being returned. Also one of our new foster volunteers stepped up to help out by fostering Bogey when he was returned. He's doing wonderful in his new foster home! It also helped that Allie and Natasha's adoptions are both working out, and in addition Trooper the Black Lab and Libby the deaf Jack Russell Terrier were also adopted!
Jax is one of the returns that I took in last week. He is a great little guy - only 8 months old - and already I'm forcing him to earn his keep by collecting donations at adoption events. So far he's earned around $40 over the past two adoption events - not bad for a dog!
The other returns that ended up coming back to my house are Louie the Black Lab mix and Gemma the deaf pit bull mix. Both were returned because their owners could no longer afford to care for them.
Louie is a year and a half old, and was part of the "Donald Duck" litter.
|Louie looking nervous during an adoption event.|
Gemma is the other recent return. She originally came from a shelter in Kansas City, where she was going to be put down without ever being made available for adoption due to being deaf and heartworm positive and having some health issues. Fortunately the shelter has a great rescue coordinator who shared her and when I saw her on Facebook I immediately said I'd take her. She had been hit by a car prior to being taken to the shelter and has some nerve damage in her front leg which causes her to limp. However she completed her heartworm treatment and is in good health other than the continuing issues with her leg. Gemma is a very sweet dog - she is affectionate and loves everyone she meets. The other family who fostered her previously wants to take her back as soon as their current foster dog is adopted, but in the meantime she is staying here with me. I am enjoying having her back!