BENEFITING: PATHWAYS TO HOPE
Oreo was abandoned at a local shelter because the owners did not want to take care of him anymore. They said he was "too expensive" and it took too much time to brush him, so they wanted to get a smaller dog with less hair. When they said too expensive, we initially thought they were referring to the cost of feeding him, but in hindsight, they probably were aware of an existing medical condition that would require an expensive surgical procedure to rectify.
(Based on his ID number, they originally adopted him from the OC Shelter 7+ years ago.)
Huskies were born to run and live life to the fullest, but poor “Oreo” was considered grossly overweight when he arrived at the shelter. He would waddle from side to side and got tired very quickly when we attempted to take him for short walks. Oreo was at the OC Shelter for nearly a month before we selected him for our program. The staff mentioned that he had many visitors, but people seemed intimidated about adopted an older, obese dog. When we were looking for dogs for a new training cycle at the OC Shelter, MANY volunteers asked me to evaluate Oreo, originally named “Dozier,” because he seemed very sweet and walked well on a leash. He is very sweet, has a great temperament, loves going for walks and thoroughly enjoyed the companionship of another dog we had already selected; a very small Poodle Mix named “Joy.” Thus he was selected for the program at OC Probation.
Oreo is being trained by minors incarcerated at OC probation. (Both who were gang members when incarcerated) After working with Oreo for 10 weeks they noticed that he was limping and we took him out for x-rays only to find that he has a torn ACL. And that he would require a very expensive surgery and after care. Prior to having the surgery he needs to lose 30 pounds and do some physical therapy to build strength in his other legs so he'll be able to recover properly. As of 7/7/15 Oreo is making great progress, so far he's lost 15 pounds with 15 more to go, (eating a special metabolic diet) he's on pain and anti-inflammatory medication which is making it easier for him to get around. He's going to Hydrotherapy twice a week. In the meantime, a wonderful family has stepped forward wanting to adopt Oreo. We told them that we would responsibly take the necessary steps to get him healthy, and would work with them on a release date from our program. ((They were referred to us by a previous adopter who adopted a dog from our program at the Chino Youth Authority 6 years ago! Very cool!!!) We just need a little help to pay for Oreo's surgery and recovery!