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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!


After a month in a shelter and a brief stay with a very nice temporary foster family, Alf arrived in her forever home. When a comment was made that she looked like Alf in one of her photos, a name was born. And maybe a breed, since we have no idea what her mix is.

As is so often the case, we can only guess at Alf’s backstory, but someone had taken good care of this little girl. She was housebroken, knew all about dog doors and about groomers, and had fairly recently had a dental done.

Overall she was, and is, the nicest, friendliest, and tolerant little dog you would ever want to meet. So why was she not adopted? Alf has diabetes. And so once in her ODH home, the numerous vet appointments and insulin shots started. She has been very patient with all of it.

It was discovered, once Alf left the shelter, that aside from loud barks in her ears, she is deaf. On top of that, about 10 days after she arrived in her ODH home, Alf woke up in the morning blind. Losing vision within a few hours can happen with diabetic dogs, we are told. Alf was confused and very frightened. With very limited sensory input to help, she is gradually learning her way around. The first thing she taught herself was how to find the dog door!

In spite of it all, Alf’s happy, affectionate personality is returning and blossoming.

It is heartbreaking to think what, without ODH, Alf’s experience would have been to suddenly become blind in a shelter. How long would it have been before someone noticed? And without the resources to urgently see a veterinary ophthalmologist, how would the shelter staff have understood what was happening?

We are so very thankful that Old Dog Haven was there, and that now she is here.

(And I’m pretty sure sweet Alf is very thankful as well!)

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