by Helen Hartel
Meet Winnie. This sad eyed little gal arrived at the Agoura Animal Shelter in January as a stray. She waited 10 days for her possible family, but, sadly, no one came to retrieve this 15-year-old senior Chihuahua.
Her medical exam revealed a significant heart murmur, the need for dental work and that she is both blind and deaf. Healthcare for Homeless Animals will fund the additional medical services she needs once she has an angel lined up for adoption. In the meantime, volunteers lovingly care for Winnie by taking her out for short, slow walks around the kennels and feeding her treats which she very exuberantly takes!
Here are some things you should know about Winnie:
- She doesn’t see or hear very well but still gets around just fine.
- She loves to go on short, slow walks; staying close to the walker’s side, so she can navigate safely.
- She will spend an hour or more enjoying a tasty Kong treat to keep herself busy.
- Because she doesn’t see well, she needs to be given treats on a flat hand or she might otherwise accidentally grab at fingers.
- She will easily live in a home or apartment of any size.
- A mature family is best.
Are you a natural nurturer? We hope to find one, as Winnie is not the easiest dog to consider for adoption because of her special needs. However, that one compassionate person who cares about the geriatric canine population will find Winnie especially rewarding. They will have the satisfaction of knowing they have provided the comfort of a loving home and a warm bed to snuggle in to for her remaining golden years.
To adopt Winnie, request A4910239. The Agoura Shelter is at 29525 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Occasionally pets have already been adopted. To check availability, call 818-991-0071 or visit http://animalcare.lacounty.gov.