Here are two good news stories about amazing handicapped pets to ring in Spring 2017. I have to admit that I am happy to say goodbye to winter. I am also ready for some good news and hopefully you are as well.
Welcome to Newman Nation
The first story about college student Zoe Kharasch and her dog Newman originally posted in the Chicago-Tribune.
Two years ago, Zoe and her mother visited an animal shelter near their home in Libertyville, Illinois. They were at the shelter to comfort the homeless cats, but Zoe came across Newman. The tiny 6lb dog was in bad shape. Newman could barely hear and he shuffled around his cage like a tired old man. The shelter told Zoe that Newman was too old to be adopted.
Zoe didn’t pay attention to the warning. She took Newman home and two years later, at the age of 15, he is Zoe’s treasured pet.
The experience led Zoe to create a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization called Newman Nation. The organization works with animal shelters to find foster and forever homes for senior pets and those with disabilities.
In May Zoe will receive her bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her dream is to build an animal sanctuary for elderly homeless pets. You can follow Zoe and Newman on their Facebook Page – Newman Nation, Senior Pets United.
Paralyzed Jail Dog Gets Adopted After 3 Years
I loved learning about this story from USA Today. It reminded me about my own rescue group and our Pups On Parole program. Homeless dogs rescued by Heaven Can Wait Animal Society live at the women’s prison. The inmates socialize and train the dogs until they are ready to be adopted into loving homes.
Operation Second Chance in Gwinnet County, GA is a similar program. Started by Sheriff Butch Conway in 2010, it pairs inmates with homeless dogs. The pups live with the male inmates and together they go through training three times a week from the Society of Humane Friends of Georgia. More than 200 dogs have found their forever home through the program.
The majority of dogs who pass through Operation Second Chance are adopted in short order. For a paralyzed dog named Bandit, it was a different story. He remained at the jail for 3 years. Bandit is in a wheelchair and needs help with daily care. Everyone at the jail knew he had to find a special family to adopt him.
Operation Second Chance decided to air Bandit’s story on the news last week. Sammy and Linda Jeanes saw the broadcast and quickly made their way to the jail. The couple owns a 25-acre farm with horses, dogs, chickens, and a pig. They have cared for disabled pets before.
When the Jeanes met Bandit, they knew he would be coming home with them. Bandit finally has his forever family. The inmate who has been with him for the past 3 years was happy that Bandit has a good home.