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Urgent – Rescue needed for disabled dog! (updated)

As the video shows, Autumn doesn’t let anything stop her from making friends.

Update: Autumn has made it safely into rescue with K9.5 Rescue in Greenville, SC! I was afraid to post any updates until she was actually physically at the rescue, since the first rescue that was going to take her backed out – I didn’t want to jinx it. I’m happy to now report she’s safe, she’s settling in, and she’ll be seeing a veterinarian soon to determine what needs to be done for her back injury and when she can start heartworm treatment (since she’s at least 2-3 years old and didn’t appear to have had the best of care, her testing positive didn’t really surprise anyone). A special thanks to Boxer Butts and Other Mutts for arranging to board her at their vet until she could be taken to Greenville, and to Sam VanSant for getting her safely down there. This awesome little dog has touched a lot of hearts and I’m sure we haven’t heard the last from her. 

Autumn found herself at the Henderson County animal shelter after having been abandoned at a local business. She has feeling in her back legs, but limited use of them. This appears to not have been a recent injury. Her sweet disposition and zest for life have made her a favorite at the shelter but she desperately needs to get into a home or rescue as soon as possible. Her stray hold is up and the shelter is overcrowded. Besides that, the pebbled floors, designed to keep humans and dogs from slipping on wet floors, are abrading her back legs and feet badly.

Autumn does not seem to realize she’s disabled and has never met a stranger. She deserves a chance and would make a great therapy dog. The nature of her disability is currently unknown (she needs to be examined by a vet and X-rayed) but even if it is not fixable, she would adapt well to a wheelchair. Several people have offered to help fund her medical care but she needs to get out of the shelter before any of this can happen.

She is about 25 pounds and maybe a couple of years old. She needs to be spayed,  appears to at least one litter of puppies, and obviously has not had the best care — though this hasn’t affected her outlook on life!

Please contact Henderson County Animal Shelter at (828) 697-4723 as soon as possible if you can help Autumn.

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