Benji’s story has enough twists and turns, suspense and intrigue to make another Benji movie: Benji Too! This Cocker Spaniel-Poodle mix (Cockapoo) arrived on August 16th at the overcrowded, high-kill Clayton County Animal Control shelter in Georgia. It’s still not clear if he was a stray or an owner surrender. What was clear is that he was scheduled to be euthanized August 17th.
Lori Heath, RADAR’s volunteer Regional Coordinator for Georgia, found a family interested in adopting this puppy. Benji was pulled from the shelter just in time, only to discover that he was no puppy, but probably about eight years old! The family was no longer interested, so Benji went to a boarding facility. While he was now safe, getting lots of TLC and his initial vetting done (no heartworms!), Benji’s future was in limbo until Lori could come up with a Plan B.
Benji needed some vet care, including dental cleaning, senior blood testing, x-rays to determine if he had arthritis, and evaluate some seizure-like behavior. RADAR agreed to cover these costs as an incentive for a rescue to take Benji. A month later, on September 21st, the Fayette County Humane Society in Georgia took Benji, and placed him in a foster home. Click here for more photos of Benji.
Then, lo and behold, a microchip was found on Benji! Lori worked relentlessly to find Benji’s owner. Her first attempt led her to a couple in California with a 14-year-old German Shepherd with that microchip number! Turns out that the numbers were transcribed incorrectly. In the end, Lori was able to track down Benji’s vet, and get Benji’s medical records.
Benji’s real name is Tiger. His real age is 11. Benji had been on medication for seizures (and is back on his meds!). His original owner died in 2009. The owner’s family had Benji since then. Despite repeated messages from the vet to Benji’s family, there never was any response. Now Benji is looking for a real and forever family.
RADAR paid Benji’s vet bill of $243 for his dental care, blood tests, and x-rays.
UPDATE! Benji has been adopted!
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Benji:
Carolyn Parker; Jessica Peters; Diana Berkstresser
Added on October 15, 2012.