King needed help with his future—his previous owner passed away, and his owner’s mother was moving and could no longer take care of King. He had a deadline to find a new home or rescue, or he would be sentenced to death. The ten-year-old German Shepherd had some moderate hip issues but nothing that would warrant euthanasia.
A friend of the family contacted several organizations, including RADAR and The ALIVE Animal Services Group in West Virginia. ALIVE convinced King’s owner to surrender him to the Mercer County Animal Shelter in West Virginia, which happened on August 18th. ALIVE worked with the shelter to get King to a comfortable overall medical state so that he could move to an approved rescue where he could find a safe, loving home to finish his days. He responded very well to the daily attention from shelter staff and the volunteer dog walker.
After reviewing King’s medical records, ALIVE discovered that he had received only minimal care throughout his life and was never neutered. He had not received any medication for pain or neurologic deficits associated with his condition. Working with ALIVE, we agreed to help with King’s vetting costs. King had his initial vetting done on September 5th and was neutered on September 12th.
Despite his obvious discomfort, King was still a happy and pleasant gentleman. He is a charming fellow who enjoys his walks and loves attention from everyone he meets. On September 23rd, Ritner Kennel Rescue in Pennsylvania agreed to take King. He was transported to the rescue on September 30th. His rescue says, “King is a great dog with plenty of years left in him. He is happy and active, loves long walks which are helping him take some extra weight off. He is on hip/joint supplements and pain medications, normal for older large-breed dogs. But he is perfectly mobile and not ready to slow down yet!” Kathy Tabor, with ALIVE, told us this, “he has a thing for pillows. Throw pillows. He doesn’t tear them up. He sucks on them like a pacifier and goes to sleep hugging them. He traveled with two on Saturday when he went to rescue.” Click here to view more photos of King.
RADAR paid all of King’s initial vetting and neutering costs, which totaled $211.
UPDATE! All funds for King have been raised! Thank you!
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Added on October 7, 2017.