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!
Ida Mae found herself in an overcrowded shelter as a stray, suffering from heat exhaustion around Independence Day. When no one came looking for her, Old Dog Haven stepped in to offer Ida Mae a safe final refuge foster home where she could heal emotionally and physically.
Gradually, her foster mom and canine foster sister helped her rediscover safety and love, and that’s when the real fun began! One morning, to everyone’s surprise and amazement, Ida Mae discovered a hidden toy and sprang to life. She pounced, flipped, and jumped after her toy, then eagerly brought it to her foster mom, waiting for a game of fetch.
Since then, Ida Mae has revealed herself as the ultimate Ball Dog, and not only that, she’s an Olympic swimmer! She delights in swimming multiple times a week at Oakland Bay and various freshwater lakes near Shelton, WA. She even had the opportunity to partake in a bucket-list adventure with her canine foster sister at a private, dog-friendly pool.
Reports have it that once Ida Mae started feeling at home, she assumed the role of the House Micromanager. She enjoys keeping her foster mom on task and offers plenty of vocal feedback if things fall behind schedule or her needs aren’t met quickly enough, especially when it involves meal times and ball fetching.
That being said, Ida Mae is still on her journey of recovery from emotional trauma and remains particularly fearful of cars. Her foster mom diligently works with her every day, celebrating each milestone. Additionally, Ida Mae has an upcoming dental surgery to address some painful, decayed teeth.
Your sponsorship today can help support Ida Mae’s journey towards health and happiness.