By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – Christy, a three-legged special needs puppy who recently arrived at the local animal shelter, is going home.
© Adam Brazeau
Special needs pup finds home: OSPCA volunteer foster parent Pat Borax kneels with Christy, a three-legged black Labrador Retriever mix and OSPCA inspector Bonnie Bishop. Christy was successfully adopted.
The energetic pup was one of three special needs arrivals at the Cornwall branch of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) up for adoption.
OSPCA inspector Bonnie Bishop said Christy, a four-month-old black Labrador Retriever mix, is living in a household that allows her to move freely with her disability and is surrounded by other dogs.
“The person met the puppy prior to surgery, then temporarily fostered her and now has decided to keep her,” said Bishop. “She’s getting along very well.”
Bishop said horizons are getting bright for the two other special needs animals at the OSPCA.
Olivia, a three-month-old black shorthaired domestic kitten missing a back leg, has sparked some interest. The kitten is scheduled for a meet and greet with a potential owner next week.
The third special needs intake, a five-year-old British Bulldog, who had an eye removed due to complications with glaucoma, is currently in foster care. Bishop said there’s a possibility his foster parent is going to keep him.
Adopting a pet
The cost of adoption is $320 per dog and $180 per cat. The OSPCA inspector said the price seems steep to some, but she is adamant that you won’t find a value like that anywhere else.
The cost covers pets being spayed, neutered, vaccinated, deflead, dewormed and microchipped. The overall expense for the OSPCA is $503 per dog and $447 per cat.
If you’re interested in adopting an animal, contact (613) 936-0072 or visit www.sdg.ontariospca.ca.