Chow Chow mix Zoey was surrendered to a large shelter at age 12 because her owner could no longer care for her.  Unfortunately, a big, black, senior dog (and one who requires grooming) has almost no chance of adoption so the shelter contacted Old Dog Haven for help. An experienced ODH volunteer went to the shelter to assess Zoey and found that she had severe arthritis in her spine, was missing hair on her tail and low back, and had a badly matted coat wherever she did have fur. Zoey also had a growth on her upper left eyelid that was large enough to interfere with her vision.

In spite of these challenges, ODH found a Final Refuge home for Zoey. She immediately got a short haircut to make her more comfortable, medication for her flea allergy, and a full veterinary vetting. The growth on her eyelid was removed and her arthritis addressed with proper medication. Her people report that other than managing her arthritis, Zoey has no major health issues and her coat is growing back – she has become a fluff ball!

Zoey is also a social butterfly who enjoys meeting people and other dogs. She’s a frequent representative at ODH outreach events, where she insists on meeting all the other doggy participants and once she’s done and gets tired, she just settles down for a nap. Zoey has a wonderful, easy-going temperament and is very happy sharing her home with another senior dog and four cats. She loves her food, and her family is working to get her to a healthy weight: “She has the funniest little bark, which she has learned people find cute and tries out to get treats or attention!”

Thanks to Old Dog Haven, and our terrific donors, this wonderful senior looks forward to a happy retirement, schmoozing with the public at outreach events whenever possible!

Update:  After a wonderfully long time in her Final Refuge home, sweet Zoey’s health finally failed and her mom had to say goodbye.  Zoey will be greatly missed.  She was an amazing ODH ambassador and relished every day in her last chapter.


Before eyelid surgery