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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!

Yukon Cornelius came to his Old Dog Haven Final Refuge family via a local shelter. He’d been observed wandering and scavenging in the woods for over a month during an exceptionally cold spell. Not a big dog, we wonder how Yukon managed to survive out on his own. Surely he would’ve been prey to predators. How did he eat and stay warm? A kind man discovered him and started to feed him to try to befriend him so he could get him help. Once the man was able to, he caught him and brought him to the local shelter.

Shelter staff did all they could to stabilize Yukon Cornelius. Knowing he needed extensive vetting and had a long road to recovery, they reached out to Old Dog Haven for help. A Final Refuge home was found for Yukon and the work to get him health began. Yukon was intact, his teeth were awful, he had demodex mange, his ears were infected, he was extremely thin, and he’d sustained an injury to one of his eyes.

Yukon Cornelius saw an animal dermatologist to help with his battle of demodex. Months of medicated bi-weekly bathing and medications helped his skin heal. Yukon will receive weekly mediated baths for the rest of his life along with a mite preventative as he is prone to a possible reoccurrence. The animal ophthalmologist told us that Yukon must have “speared” his eye somehow when he was out in the woods. He’s had some chronic inflammation and dry eye in both eyes which has caused occasional ulcers in each eye so he receives daily 2 prescription eye drops and he’ll see the ophthalmologist for monitoring.

Once his skin was healthier, he was neutered. His teeth were so bad however, that he needed to see a dental specialist. But before his dental, he had to have an echocardiogram with a cardiologist because his heartbeat was irregular. Once the cardiologist cleared him for his dental, he had many rotting, broken teeth extracted.

While we were getting him healed physically, Yukon had some emotional wounds that needed healing. Since he was a “stray” and on his own surviving, we don’t know where he came from. Yukon Cornelius had some trust issues. Loud, sudden noises scared him and he shied away from petting. As time has gone on and he’s learned he is OK and can trust his family and people. He is less skittish but every so often he will still hide and appear frightened for no apparent reason. Dogs, like people can have P.T.S.D. and that seems to be what Yukon suffers from time to time. Thankfully he will be able to stay with his forever foster family for the rest of his days. He is VERY attached to his foster mom and has bonded with a female Chihuahua named Maz in his Final Refuge home, also an Old Dog Haven dog.

Yukon Cornelius is a smart, happy boy who loves his toys, going for walks and tagging along for car rides with his foster mom. He is loved and safe and he’ll never again have to survive on his own, thanks to Old Dog Haven and their supporters.

At the shelter

Before and After

Yukon Cornelius is sponsored by:

  • Lisa McCane of Seattle, WA
  • Kari Jacobson of Spokane Valley, WA