San Nicola Dog Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Grants

What was the money or product used for?

Thank you for awarding a grant for our large senior blind dog Jax who needs prescription food. So far we have not been able to find a reliable adopter for Jax. The one person who applied was out of state, is 21 years old, does not have an income and was very vague in the conversation. I did not trust the situation.

However, I keep networking for Jax. He is posted on Petfinder and other websites. Also, the blind-dog rescue posted him as a courtesy on their website.

The full amount of the grant is in the account of the rescue untouched.

I haven’t lost hope in finding the right person for him. Currently I have a lead: The librarian in Flagler, CO, said she would consider adopting Jax, but only in two months. Currently she is visiting with her family in another state.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The grant helps to get the interest from the web, but of course it is important to advertise Jax cautiously so as not to attract the wrong people.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Jax is 8 years old and completely blind, probably from birth. He is a great dog — friendly, loving, and very willing to cooperate. He is good-looking and doesn’t look blind — you wouldn’t know it until he starts walking and bumping into things. He was transferred to our rescue from a Kansas shelter as a stray and a “difficult case,” and they wouldn’t keep him much longer. Once he came to the rescue, I realized that he is much easier to take care of than I had expected. He needs some assistance going up and down the stairs, mostly to spot him until he learns the size of the steps. On a flat surface, he pretty much follows your lead. He can be walked on a leash or without a leash, and he doesn’t pull. As a matter of fact, he is a great dog to take on a walk. At home he acts almost like any other dog, but unfortunately the other dogs sense that there’s something strange about him and mostly avoid him. With people, he is sweet and cuddly. He is in good health, but needs sensitive-stomach food such as Science Diet. The grant funds will be spent to sponsor his adoption fee, his first veterinarian visit after adoption, and sensitive-stomach food for a year.

I am sure he would make an awesome companion to someone who prefers shorter walks or has a yard. Someone just needs to give him a chance. He has not been adopted yet, but hopefully sooner or later there will be the right person who will want to help him. I think the grant would especially help a retired person, as the diet food he is on is rather expensive. Thank you! Meet Jax here.

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