Blind Baby and Her Foster Family Need Our Help
This sweet baby was only 7 months old last month when she was surrendered by her owner to Paulding County Animal Control. The wonderful volunteers at Georgia Jacks discovered her in early August and began blasting her on their page, hoping to find her a home and avoid her being put to sleep within days. She was a young, gorgeous Jack Russell. Why on earth was she given up?
Within hours, volunteers and our ally in rescue rallied together to pull her. She was picked up on Aug. 10 and it quickly became apparent that this little baby may have been abused. She was way too timid and shy. She was too young developmentally to go to either of our rescues, so she was placed in foster care with a family who was interested in adopting her. Unfortunately, the family noticed and began to fear from her actions she was blind from brain damage. This sweet, shy girl also began to show some signs of aggression, mostly around small children, so they could not keep her.
She was moved to the Mitcham family on Labor Day. These wonderful dog lovers are no strangers to dogs with disabilities, but this is a whole new ballgame for everyone: She’s a puppy, she’s a rescue and she’s blind. Lola loves her canine pack, but barks, cries and doesn’t relax much. She bumps into things, cannot climb stairs and is very distressed when crated, despite positive associations. Being a baby and not being able to do what babies do (i.e., run like the wind!), she is showing anxiety and frustration, which inevitably projects as aggression.
We have already had a couple of people step up for in-person/phone guidance, donations of essential relaxation methods such as a Thundershirt, relaxation CDs, etc. Even though she was originally vetted, these issues were somehow not found or disclosed. We are now working with a couple of vets to conduct a full examination and assessment of her situation, including a brain scan. This will not come cheap and is not something any of us have budgeted for. One way or another, it will happen, though.
In the meantime, we are reaching out to all of our networks for help with this baby and this wonderful foster family, not just with donations but also with recommendations and experienced help in dealing with such matters. We want Lola and her fosters to know they are not alone in this ordeal and that Lola has a wonderful life ahead of her.
If you would like to donate to the vet bills, please use the ChipIn box below. If your device does not display Flash and you cannot see it, you can use our general donations page. Please, be sure to note that it’s for Lola in the Special Notes in Paypal. If you prefer to send a check/money order to us or to the vet who does her examination and tests, or if you would like to offer your advice or experienced skills in helping, please email us for information.