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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!

Elara, a very tiny Pomeranian, was surrendered to a shelter by the family of a woman who had died, an all too common reason for a dog to end up in a shelter. All of a sudden, through no fault of her own, this five pound dog found herself in a cage surrounded by barking dogs and strange noises instead of on the lap of her person. She was clearly terrified, so the shelter asked ODH to find her a home quickly.

When she first arrived in her Final Refuge home Elara was still frightened and refused to be picked up. As time passed, Elara started to feel safe and she became curious and interested in her surroundings. Finally, she allowed one of her foster moms to pick her up. She liked being held and eventually it became much easier to pick her up and hold her. Now, after practicing levitation for two months, Elara has especially bonded with one of her foster moms and is most often found in her arms or sleeping in her bed next to mom’s desk. At first she wouldn’t walk on a leash at all, but now she’ll actually trot along very nicely when out for a walk.

When she arrived at the shelter Elara’s fur was so badly matted the staff had to shave her body hair and that hair probably won’t grow back so she wears a sweater most of the time. Elara’s teeth, what few she had left, were badly neglected so she’s scheduled for a dental very soon.

Elara connected immediately with the other dogs in the family and enjoys hanging out with them, which is good because they’ve helped her feel safe and have told her it’s ok to trust the people in the house.

It’s been fun to watch this little dynamo come out of her shell and learn how to be a well-loved dog. We’re very happy she’s a part of our family.



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