Back in June a little Chihuahua arrived at Foothills Animal Shelter in bad shape. Brought in as a stray, he had a large open wound on his right shoulder so deep his bone could be seen. His forearm was also open and part of the bone missing along with some muscle tissue. His back paw and lower leg had been crushed, squished flat and open as well. Shelter staff guessed he had been hit by a car.
Despite his terrible condition, the Foothills medical staff went to work. The dog had a severe infection in his shoulder and leg and the staff had to specially dress and clean the injury daily, not only to fight the infection, but to promote new tissue growth so they could operate. After much patience and healing on the dog’s part, the shelter was able to perform the surgery to close the wound.
Throughout this entire process, the Chihuahua didn’t whine or cry. He always had doggie kisses for anyone who held him. He would sometime shake and shiver to show he was scared, but he completely trusted the staff and let them do what they needed to do without fuss. He has been receiving extra special care at the shelter in Golden, sleeping on a soft bed in one of the offices. His stitches were taken out last week.
What a difference a month makes. After this incredible ordeal, this wonderful dog, who has been named Trooper, is now available for adoption. Shelter staff say he can be a little shy when meeting new people at first, but once he gets to know you, he warms up quickly and absolutely loves belly rubs. Trooper will always have muscle damage and loss of muscle as a result of his injuries and he does walk with a slight limp. However, Foothills is confident he ready to find a new forever home with loving family.
For those interested in this tough little guy, get to the shelter at 580 McIntyre Street (on the Jefferson County Fairgrounds) in Golden to meet him in person. His adoption fee is $150 and includes vaccines, neuter, microchip and healthcheck. Regular adoption process also applies. The shelter is open from 11 AM to 7 PM Monday through Friday and 10 AM to 6 PM Saturday and Sunday.
Foothills Animal Shelter is currently participating in the ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge and after one month, they are in second place overall and first in their shelter division. Learn more from the Lakewood Pet Examiner.
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