It’s easy to talk the talk, but it took a real team effort to actually walk the walk for Walker! Fortunately, for this approximately 14-year-old Hound mix, that’s what happened. Walker was picked up as a stray and taken to the Pocahontas County Animal Shelter in West Virginia on May 11th. Like many other Hounds in this rural region, he was likely a discarded hunting dog. Not only did he need long-overdue basic vet care and neutering, but he also had a problem with his left eye.
With no adoptions being permitted due the pandemic, there had to be another way for Walker to get the urgent help and care he needed. De Anna Lynn, the volunteer rescue and transport coordinators at the Pocahontas County Animal Shelter and the volunteer representative for Pocahontas County at the Highland County Humane Society (HCHS) in neighboring Highland County, VA, immediately sought their help. HCHS was interested in taking Walker if they could get funding assistance for his potentially costly care. Corena Huffman with HCHS contacted RADAR on May 13th. Because we love senior dogs, of course, we agreed to assist!
On May 15th, Walker was whisked off to a foster home. “Walker is thriving in his foster home with other dogs and we are delighted to have him!” Corena told us. A vet exam on May 18th revealed that Walker’s left eye needed to be removed. The eye enucleation and neutering took place on May 27th. “Walker did great for his neuter and eye enucleation. He is a sweet boy!” the vet noted.
His foster, Kari, had this to share about Walker: “We are sure this boy never got any lovin’. He is a real sweetheart who loves to follow me everywhere! He also has learned that comfy beds and treats are the best things ever! He has a great personality, and once he had pain meds he got goofier… like a puppy, but not crazy!” Be sure to view more photos in Walker’s gallery.
RADAR paid all of the initial vetting, eye enucleation and neutering costs for Walker, which totaled $637.
UPDATE! All funds for Walker have been raised! Thank you!
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 Walker:
Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Hound Dog Fund ($50); Sunday Wright Fund; Rebecca Kuga; Pamela Garnick; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; AmazonSmile; Kari Johnson Mueller; Jen Slater, in memory of MoJo; Second Chances Fund
If you are interested in adopting Walker, please contact Highland County Humane Society.
Added on May 31, 2020.