It’s a dog! It’s a county! It’s Tucker! After you read his story, you’ll understand why Tucker was a bit plumb tuckered out! A Hound mix estimated to be 10 to 12 years old, Tucker arrived at the Tucker County Animal Shelter in West Virginia on March 3rd. Two months earlier, the shelter received a call from someone wanting to surrender a dog. While the shelter took all the information, they had no room available at the time, and asked the owner to be patient until they had a space open up. Then, on March 3rd, animal control got a call from this same person about a stray dog. Oddly enough, the dog was the exact same description of that given in the call two months ago! One way or another, the owner was determined to get rid of Tucker.
On March 4th, shelter manager Cathy Parsons requested RADAR’s help not only to assist with Tucker’s vetting costs, but to help find a rescue for him as well. We were happy to help Cathy with both efforts. Realizing the needs Cathy has at her underfunded and very rural shelter is what inspired us to start RADAR, and the very first dog RADAR assisted, Molly, was from Tucker County. While Cathy was RADAR’s first partner, our newest one, Corena Huffman and her Highland County Humane Society in Virginia, came to the rescue of Tucker! Corena found a foster, Jeanne Lou, for Tucker on March 9th to seal the deal. He later went to stay with Dorothy Terry for long-term foster.
Tucker had his initial vetting done on March 13th, before going to his foster home. On March 18th he was neutered, had blood tests done and received a dental exam. Although his teeth were badly worn, he had no dental problems. Tucker is now getting adjusted to the comforts of living indoors with his foster mom, Jeanne Lou. Tucker is extremely social, does well with children, gets along with other dogs, enjoys walks and loves to ride in the car! Cathy shared this with Corena, Jeanne Lou and RADAR: “I love all the dogs at my shelter, but certain ones just melt my heart, and Tucker just pulled at my heart strings.” Click here to see more photos of Tucker.
RADAR paid all $210 of Tucker’s initial vetting, neutering and blood test costs.
UPDATE! All funds for Tucker have been raised! Thank you!
UPDATE! Tucker has been adopted! He had been transferred to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter (FCAS) in Virginia, in hopes of finding him a family. Well it worked! Dorothy Terry told us that Tucker “wasn’t doing well at FCAS (no interest) but I went up there for their grand opening (of their renovated shelter) and he was there. All the volunteers were taking all the dogs out multiple times… every time Tucker came out he made a bee-line for me and we hugged and smooched. His handler, a volunteer, saw Tuck with different eyes when he saw how Tuck interacted with me and as a result of what he observed, he adopted Tuck!!”
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Tucker:
Chloe’s SOS Fund (Saving Our Seniors); Diana Berkstresser; Judith & Mark Chien
Added on March 25, 2014.