A 3-year-old Lab/Shepherd mix by the name of Louis is seeking his forever home after being given up by his former owners.
The doggo arrived at Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, California, late last month after a surgery left him without his eyesight.
At his previous home, Louis developed an eye infection. In “a case unlike any other seen” at the rescue, according to a release from Helen Woodward, the dog’s owner’s decided to have Louis’ eyes removed in early December, instead of paying to treat the infection.
After the procedure, the dog came home and attempted to live life without eyes, but his owners were unable to accomodate. Louis was then surrendered to a pound in Calexico just after operation.
Thankfully, a rescue partner of Helen Woodward pulled Louis from the pound and brought him to the animal center.
When Louis arrived at Helen Woodward Animal Center, the medical check revealed that in addition to being newly blind, he also had old, untreated injuries — which likely came from being hit by a car.
“It is incredibly important that people who consider getting a pet know the obligations they take on with these animals,” Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoptions Director Hella Tyler said in a statement.
“When people get their pets for free off of Craigslist, they don’t seem to realize that pets come with responsibilities and a monthly expense for their caretaking, including medical care. In turn, these pets will provide their owners with unparalleled love. They pay it back tenfold. It’s just devastating to see an animal treated the way Louis was treated.”
The rescue quickly placed Louis in a foster home where he is now adjusting to life without his eye sight.
The next step for Louis is ideally, finding his forever home. His new owners should live in a one-story house, and, ideally, should work from home. And as the dog is adjusting to a limp from his old injury and the loss of his sight, he is looking for a family who is “prepared to provide patience and special care” as he “learns his way around a new home,” according to Helen Woodward.
“Louis is extraordinary,” Tyler added. “He really suffered at the hands of his former owners but he shows no malice towards humankind. He is ready to love the perfect family and he certainly deserves one.”
In addition to a loving disposition, Helen Woodward is also throwing in free training sessions, dog food and treats along with the sweet doggo.
Louis will be available for adoption on Wednesday, January 13.
If you or anyone you know is interested in adopting Louis or for more information on Helen Woodward Animal Center, you can fill out an application on www.animalcenter.org, or call 858-756-4117.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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