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Exploring new Life – Dora the Labrador Retriever

Dora was brought to the shelter by a police officer who received a call from a resident stating that a dog had been on their porch all night, during a rain storm – and it wasn’t theirs. Cold, wet, but wagging her tail, PALS’ volunteers quickly set out to give her a warm, dry place to lay her head.

During her veterinarian exam, it was found that this 7 year old Labrador retriever needed to have Tibial-Plateau-Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery on her right knee to stabilize the stifle joint after the cranial cruciate ligament (ACL in humans) had ruptured. She also tested positive for heartworms and had a fatty tumor that needed to be removed. Dora needed $2,050.00 in immediate medical care.

This was just the beginning for Dora. After surgery, the volunteers with the guidance of the veterinarian began a rehabilitation program with her to ensure that she stayed mobile. After 5 months of around the clock care and exercise, Dora was out sniffing the world and finding her own adventures to follow.

This exceptional dog has been cared for and loved every step of the way by the volunteers at PALS and Dora is grateful that they introduced her to her new best friend, a teddy bear, which has become her faithful friend and companion.

Dora is now exploring a new life with her Forever Home, an older couple that knows what aches and pains are and walks at her pace. No longer is she worried about having to find a place to go in the rain – her Forever Home has made sure that she is sheltered and loved. Although her total cost of care exceeded $3,200, the fee to adopt her was only $150.