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Bud: Grateful, gentle and blind Labrador running out of time in N.J. shelter

Meet Bud Bud; please network this kind and sweet dog. Picked up as a stray, he needs and deserves a home.
Candice Atkinson-Appice

Bud is a gentle soul; it's hard to believe no one has scooped up this beautiful five-year-old Labrador retriever blend and brought him home states the volunteer at the Gloucester County Animal Shelter in Clayton, New Jersey.

Sight isn't the most important sense for a dog, and once acclimated to their surroundings, most dogs, including Bud do fine. The shelter notes indicate Bud has cataracts, and they do think he may still be seeing shadows, although he has bumped into objects. Besides that, Bud loves everyone and everything. Offer to pet him, and Bud rushes right over and places his chin on your lap to savor every moment of human's kindness.

Unfortunately, Bud tested positive for heartworms which categorizes him as "Rescue Only." Picked up as a stray, he probably spent a lot of time outdoors.

Volunteers and the shelter staff have taken to this dog, and are hoping that someone will rescue him; his allotted time is nearing the end. In a desperate plea to help Bud, a volunteer, Candice, offered the following:

"‘Bud Bud’, as we have been calling him, is in a word AMAZING. He is gentle, loveable, mild mannered, and has the absolute best temperament around! He loves everyone he meets, and he is great with other dogs (in fact he has become great friends with one of our Coon hounds up for adoption; they have so much fun together!)"

The message continues with a description of Bud:

"Our kennel supervisor says that looking at his side teeth, he only looks 4-5 years old. But his front teeth are worn down which make her think he may be closer to 8 years. I know that we are asking a lot, to take in a blind heartworm positive dog. But I wouldn’t be asking you if this wasn’t the most amazing dog worth saving."

Follow Bud's Facebook thread by clicking here as volunteers and dog lovers pledge donations and share this incredible dog's story through social media. It only takes a moment to share this story with friends, relatives and coworkers. It only takes one special person to make that connection with Bud.

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Contact Information:
Candice Atkinson-Appice
Gloucester County Animal Shelter
1200 North Delsea Drive
Clayton, NJ 08312
(856) 881-2828

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