One of the more controversial issues involving the Society’s policies concerns the adoption program of handicapped animals. Because of car accidents, negligence, cruelty, illness, etc., many animals that come through the Society’s doors are handicapped. Blindness, loss of limbs and deafness are the majority of handicaps of the animals that arrive. Although age is not truly a handicap, it is when you are trying to find a home for a senior citizen sweetie. There are some who feel it would be better to euthanize these animals rather than spend the time, effort and funds to care for them and the ensuing difficulty and/or concern in finding them proper homes. We feel differently.
Shar Peis are adorable cuddly pups …. but most people who purchase or adopt them do not realize what is required as a responsible pet owner. Because of the abundance of literature, medical advice from veterinarians, breed groups, pet stores, libraries and the web, there should be no “surprises” nor should your pet be lacking the medical care required. This young Shar Pei was found in a highly industrialized area of Newark – illegally dumped there by someone who didn’t care for his safety or well being – for this fella is blind. The dog had entropion lids, (rolling in of the eyelids), which was not corrected. This lead not only to blindness but drying of the cornea. He is a sweet gentle fella who, at this point, has an infection in the eyes which is being treated. When he is well enough, he will have eye surgery to correct the abrasive condition and needs artificial tears for his life. Sadly, he is one of the many disposable dogs that we have rescued. When he came in, we called him “George”….someone changed it to Boomer…..but when we sent him to our Forked River facility, he was nicknamed Kato! In the Green Hornet series, Kato was the Green Hornet’s sidekick. We believe that this neutered fella would love to be your sidekick. File L-15827-NM (Forked River).
She was found in an area of Newark where there are many abandoned buildings. A gentleman said he found her and carried her inside our Waiting Room. Whether it was his dog or not, she was discarded too. She doesn’t walk well enough to have gotten out on her own. It is believed that her short, malformed legs are as a result of a congenital defect. She is quite timid right now and needs a lifetime contract of love. Max in Latin means “the greatest” so we have decided to call her Maxine….and you can call her yours. File N-68728-f (Newark).
The temperature had dipped to below freezing when a Society staffer found a small box partially hidden by the side of the Newark facility. It is not known how many hours it was there, but upon opening it up, they found a frightened, very cold teen-age kitten with no back paws. Either through injury, congenital defect, or a host of other possibilities, we found that this handicap was not recent. In checking our video camera, we noted that an SUV was parked across the street, pulled out in front of our facility and sent a boy of about 12 years old to put the box outside of the Society's door. Obviously the adult is sorely lacking in moral fiber and has not passed on a reverence for life or responsibility to the youngster. The pathetic kitten was so frightened, she was brought to the Administrative Officers where she would be away from the usual hubbub. It only took a few days and she has become used to her temporary surroundings. He can use a litter box and we are hoping for a lifetime of love for Footloose Freddy because he is fabulous! File N-68526-NM (Newark).
He was just a tiny helpless kitten when a group of boys surrounded him and started throwing rocks at him. A passerby who saw the unbelievable cruelty grabbed the kitten away from the boys and brought him to our Newark Animal Care Center. We have no way of knowing if his neurological problems that he displays while walking but that is how he arrived. We are so appreciative of good Samaritans who are willing to become involved when necessary. We call him “Weebles” and he has been hanging out in our Medical Dept. since the day he arrived in April 2007. Weebles deserves a forever home. File N-59623-M.
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