Opie is the perfect poster child (well, poster dog) for a RADAR at-risk dog. He’s 10 years old. He’s a black dog. He’s had a leg amputated. But that’s not all. He’s an American Staffordshire Terrier-Labrador Retriever mix, in other words, part Pit Bull. And there’s more. His owner died. The family gave Opie an ultimatum: a home had to be found for him by Thanksgiving or he would be euthanized. It was the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and Opie’s time was up.
Much thanks giving goes to our terrific partners at STAR (Saving The Animals of Rowan), who took Opie just in time. Despite his age and having his leg removed recently due to a tumor, he is a happy, friendly and energetic guy. Opie’s biggest hurdle is that he can be aggressive with other dogs. For more photos of Opie, click here.
RADAR agreed to cover the costs for the initial vetting and neutering of Opie, which was done the last week in November as part of STAR’s partnership with the Morehead State University Veterinary Technician Program. He tested negative for heartworm.
Amy Staton, who coordinates the Morehead State University Veterinary Technician Program with STAR, had this to say about dear old Opie: “He’s a real sweetheart with people!” The folks at STAR know that Opie will be difficult to place with all of his at-risk factors, but they are hoping for a Christmas miracle.
RADAR paid all of Opie’s initial vetting and neutering costs of $79.
UPDATE! All funds for Opie have been raised! Thank you!
UPDATE! Opie finally has a foster home, and he’s doing great! He’s good with other older dogs.
UPDATE! Opie officially went to Almost Home Dog Rescue!
UPDATE! Opie has been adopted!
If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.
Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Opie:
Trish Newberg; Elizabeth Lavoie
Added on December 2, 2012.