When you read Lucy’s story, we think you too will be saying, “I Love Lucy!” Estimated to be 10 years old, this German Shepherd mix arrived on January 2nd at the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter in Anderson County, Tennessee. Lucy’s owners could not properly provide for her, so they surrendered her to the shelter. Not only was she thought to be blind, but she tested heartworm positive. As a senior dog, possibly blind and heartworm positive, her odds of getting out of the shelter alive were slim to none.
Lucy did manage to get some potential adopters interested in her, but in the end, nothing worked out. On January 18th, with the help of our supporter Melissa Feeney, RADAR provided an offer to assist with Lucy’s vetting costs as an incentive for a rescue to take her. On January 31st, the German Shepherd Rescue of East Tennessee came to Lucy’s aid! While the rescue didn’t have room for another foster dog, one of their volunteers, who had fallen in love with Lucy, decided she could make room for one more!
A thorough vet exam brought some good news: Lucy was not blind. However, she does have cataracts which limit her sight in poor lighting. It was also determined that she most likely has Vestibular Disease, which causes her head to tilt and affects the way she walks. Fortunately, after just a few weeks out of the shelter and with lots of foster TLC, Lucy was doing much better and her walking improved. Lucy began her heartworm treatment on March 19th. If all goes well, she will be available for adoption in May. Click here to see more photos of Lucy.
RADAR paid $250 towards Lucy’s heartworm treatment costs.
UPDATE! All funds for Lucy have been raised! Thank you!
UPDATE Lucy has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. She was in rescue for two years and was loved by her foster family. She was having more and more difficulty with her arthritis. And then in January 2016, Lucy suffered from a seizure. It was decided that it was time to let her go and ease her pain. Her vet came to the house and Lucy was able to pass peacefully, surrounded by people who loved her. Rest in Peace, Lucy.
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Added on March 31, 2014.