YATES COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY via Crowdrise
October 10, 2014
BENEFITING: YATES COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
Brutus's Fund is being established in honor of the amazing dog you are going to read about below. For every dollar raised (up to $2,000.00), Brutus's family will match it dollar for dollar. We are so incredibly grateful to these kind and giving people.
January 25, 2001 would change my life forever. That was the day (best guess) a black pit bull/labrador mix was born. I wouldn’t meet him until a year later, when he entered the shelter where I worked in upstate NY as an uncontrollable 1 year old stray. It was January 25, 2002 when he entered the shelter. On intake I named him Brutus, a fitting name for such a wild dog.
He was placed in three foster homes, none of which could control him. He was evaluated by veterinary behaviorists and deemed “not adoptable” due to his cage aggression and unruly manners.
In April of 2002, he entered what would be his last foster home, ours. Here he stayed for six months, learning how to be the perfect dog. Of course he didn’t have to learn much, he was already perfect. After six months in our foster care, no potential adopter was good enough for him, so he stayed with us for the rest of his life.
On May 28th, 2005 Brutus was hit by a car, leaving him without feeling from the waist down. He underwent spinal surgery, physical therapy and learned how to use a wheel chair. After about one year he no longer needed the wheel chair, though the feeling never returned to his back end. He went swimming daily to keep up the strength in his back legs.
On December 19, 2012 we learned the devastating news, that Brutus had Hemangiosarcoma. He had his spleen removed and underwent 5 rounds of chemotherapy, We were able to spend 5 more glorious months with Brutus. We had a chance to say goodbye to him and take him to all his favorite places.
On May, 27, 2013 we lost Brutus. We had the privileged of knowing him for over 11 years. In those 11 years he taught us so much. He saw 12 other foster dogs enter his home. He taught each of them how to be a perfect dog, and then wished them well as they moved on to their forever homes.
We now want to honor Brutus by raising money to help other dogs with special needs that everyone else has given up on. Money raised through Brutus’ fund will go directly to helping dogs with special needs at the Yates County Humane Society, a no-kill shelter in rural upstate NY. All proceeds from Brutus fund will go to helping shelter dogs with special needs find their forever home.