Sunday, January 3, 2010

Adoption Update - Donna

I don't know if I ever wrote about our sweet girl Donna.

Donna came to us when her owner could no longer care for her. She had laryngeal paralysis, which meant she had to have tie-back surgery in order to get enough oxygen into her system. PAWS provided this life-altering surgery for Donna, and this amazing dog pulled through with flying colors.

At 9-years-young, Donna outshines many dogs in her energy and playfulness! She often played with other dogs at PAWS. She also gets along with cats and loves children. She's just one of those great, all-around pets that people are always looking for. But, her special needs were a barrier to every family who considered her for adoption.

Because of her tie-back surgery, Donna needs to be hand-fed for the rest of her life. This is to prevent any food from being inhaled into her lungs, causing an infection. (It takes literally five minutes to feed her twice a day.) She also needs to be kept cool in very hot, humid weather, and she can't go in pools or lakes (again to keep water from entering her lungs). Not really a big deal.

Well, on Saturday, Donna hit the jackpot. A wonderful couple came in with their 13-year-old Shep/Collie mix. One of the women works with horses, who are apparently prone to laryngeal paralysis, so she was very familiar with the condition. Both are fans of older dogs, and they wanted a companion for their current dog. They had originally stopped in to meet Zoe, our 17-year-old Pit Bull mix, but she wouldn't have been a good fit for their current living situation. So... What about Donna??

Bingo! A love match! They met Donna and loved her; Donna and their dog met and all went well - the rest is history!

Donna now has a future of tennis balls, playing with her new brother, and visits to a horse farm!

We love you Donna!


PAWSVolunteer said...

What a wonderful and heartwarming story, and her adopters are very special people! Hooray for Donna!

meowmeowmans said...

Yippee! Congrats to Donna and her new family!

Arlene said...

What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it.

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