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Adopting Special Needs Pets- Karen’s Story

29 May

Karen Smith, who has adopted two dogs from Eleventh Hour Rescue, sent a meaningful message to those considering the adoption of a pet. “Don’t ever be afraid to adopt a dog or cat with special needs, they need a furever home too. I think they know you saved them and they are forever grateful.”

In June of 2012, Karen found her soulmate, Casey, a 9 year-old golden retriever at Eleventh Hour Rescue. Casey was abandoned by his previous owner and placed into foster care in search of his forever home. Over the next seven beautiful months spent together, Karen and Casey formed an unforgettable companionship. Tragically, Casey suffered a brain aneurism on January 22, 2013, and died within minutes. Karen had trouble coping with the harsh reality of Casey’s death.

Several months passed, and Karen began to think about adopting again. She checked the Eleventh Hour Rescue website and one of the dogs that she was interested in was Sam. When she read the biography and found out he had a history of seizures she knew that he was meant to be with her. Karen attended the adoption event and when she saw Sam for the first time, she immediately knew that she was taking him home. She is very grateful for the happiness that Eleventh Hour Rescue brings to the animals they save as well as the people that adopt them.

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Through the adoption process, Karen has the Eleventh Hour Rescue volunteers to thank especially, Mary Jo Conley for fostering Casey and providing guidance through her search for a loving companion.