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Please note: The dogs in ODH's Final Refuge care are not adoptable due to medical reasons and all are in permanent homes. Your sponsorship supports the veterinary expenses for these dogs - and we thank you!

A call came into Old Dog Haven from a very crowded shelter about a blind cocker spaniel mix who turned in as a stray.  This sad boy had no other options for adoption and Old Dog Haven’s amazing volunteers sprung into action to give him a second chance at a new life. Our transport team arranged to drive him up to a long time Old Dog Haven final refuge home where he would join his new forever family.

His foster mom tells us how he is doing now that he has settled in.

“When Abe arrived, we had a mix of strong emotions for this sweet dog. We were very sad that he had suffered such long term neglect and probably not had any vet care or attention in years, but happy that he was going to finally know a life of love and comfort.

“Abe came to us missing large patches of hair over the back end of his body, neck, stomach and ears. The fur that was left was greasy, dirty and his skin was itchy and scaly. He was completely blind with one enlarged and bulging eye and both eyes covered in discharge. His nails were overgrown and he had severe dental disease which will require extensive cleaning and extractions.

“Despite all that he had been through in his life, Abe is still a sweet and gentle dog. The first few days, he did his best to navigate the house and avoid bumping into his foster brothers and sisters. We noticed that every day his bald little tail wagged a little more and he was thrilled to be getting so much human attention.

“Abe was able to see a vet right away who did an exam, extensive testing on his eyes, blood tests and put together a treatment plan to treat his skin and eye issues. Abe has been getting baths weekly and eye medication to treat the glaucoma and dryness in his eyes. Abe must have enjoyed how it felt to be clean because he jumped up into my lap and sat patiently as I dried his fur with a hair dryer.”

Abe now feels safe in his new home and spends his day napping with his new friends and has started barking and jumping when he feels happy. His foster family is forever grateful that Abe’s days will be brighter and he will be part of a loving family that will cherish him for the rest of his life.

Abe is sponsored by:

  • Trevor Gilmore - Lifetime Sponsor
  • Victor Nosce - Lifetime Sponsor
  • Mary Wagner of Seattle, WA - Lifetime Sponsor
  • Deborah Frost of Mercer Island, WA - Lifetime Sponsor
  • Kellie S Muckleroy of Sequim, WA - Lifetime Sponsor
  • Andrew Face of Blaine, WA in honor of Ellie - Lifetime