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For the love of God, someone adopt this adorable dog

GayRVA Staff | September 9, 2015

We just got this message in our inbox – FOR THE LOVE OF GOD SOMEONE ADOPT THIS ADORABLE DOG!

If you’re interested shoot an email to Vittoria – <mermaid970@msn.com> – otherwise, check out her sweet message below!

Dear All,

I am trying to find help and/or a home for a small Westie type female dog that I helped rescue 2 Sundays ago.

As many of you know, I am a board officer and volunteer with C.A.R.E. (Cat Adoption and Rescue Efforts, Inc.). I normally foster cats but a disabled friend named Andy asked me to help her as she had been thrown out of her house by his elderly neighbor who suffers from dementia.

She was growly and snarly and bitey and took about an hour to warm up to me but now she follows me everywhere and cries when I leave the house. My boyfriend, Blue, says that if she hears my voice on the phone, she gets excited and goes to wait by the front door. She is very frisky, rides well in the car and loves to go on walks. She gets along well with all of my cats as well as other dogs we have met.

She was rather stinky and so I gave her a bath but the smell is because of her bad dental health. She seems well fed but wasn’t interested in eating much at first, now she eats both some wet food as well as dry even with the poor state of her mouth.

A neighbor told my friend that she thought the dog’s name was “Gaby” and she thought that she may be around 10 years old. She is cream colored with thin wiry hair. She seems to be house trained, has not chewed or destroyed anything and listens/responds when I call her.

I took her for a free diagnostic visit at Wellesley Animal Hospital and they diagnosed her with several issues, making her an expensive “rescue.”

They could not determine that she was spayed and her dental health requires surgery both of which are estimated to cost a total of $1400. I have not compared prices at other cheaper clinics yet. She also is constantly scratching even after a flea preventative (Comfortis) and they said this could be mange, which is easy to treat, but is most likely allergies, which can be hard to treat. The mange treatment requires a heartworm test and she also would need at least 3 standard vaccines (rabies, distemper, bordetella). These expenses are estimated to cost anywhere from $175-$250.

I did buy her some anti-itch pills (Apoquel). The vet also suggested she may be hard to get adopted because of several issues (her age, her potential allergies, which could require constant care, and her fearful attitude of strangers – she had to be muzzled at the vet for her exam, although she did accept treats from both the vet and her assistant).

Because of this and her expenses I have to decide whether to find sponsorship for her medical bills and commit to fostering her or make the decision to have her humanely euthanized in her somewhat miserable condition.

I have 5 cats of my own and 4 fosters right now. I also just took several days off from my pet sitting and swim instructor jobs so I had some time to care for her now but my life will get busy again this week with my two jobs and the 3 organizations that I volunteer for plus traveling to D.C. to prepare for a national swim meet in October. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks and please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested!

Vittoria De Maurizi