Our ThunderShirt grant to Friends of the Animals in Lancaster, S.C., transformed the life of Little Fella, a 1-year-old blind Beagle who was abandoned by his guardians and terrified of the world.
“Once the shirt was on, I could pick him up and place him in a crate with a stuffed dog to begin his socialization training and to provide him comfort,” Friends of the Animals foster mom Renae Barnett tells us. “It worked!”
Little Fella wore the Thundershirt continuously for a month, during which time he bonded with the other dogs in his foster family.
“I have a pack of dogs,” Barnett says, “mostly big: two blind and deaf Aussies and some small elderly dogs. Little Fella came out of his shell and within two weeks he was sleeping with them and playing with them.”
Although he couldn’t see it, Little Fella managed to map out his foster home and get around the house well. He was eventually adopted, and we’re thrilled that our ThunderShirt grant helped make room in the rescue for another dog in need.
“He is an awesome boy and we miss him and love him,” Barnett says. “But the goal is always to find the best home for each pet.”