Dino the beagle, who was hit by a snowplow at the beginning of the month, is recovering well from his injuries in foster care, while veterinarians and specialists are deciding when he can be adopted.
“The staff is working with staff, doctors, and specialists with the medical center to determine whether or not it would help for Dino to remain to fully recuperate in foster care or whether an adoption into a permanent home to finish recovery and recuperation is best,” said Brian Adams, spokesman for the MSPCA-Angell.
Dino was hit by the snowplow when he ran out from his house and onto the street while the road was being plowed. His owners decided to put him up for adoption because of the extensive amount of care that he would need during his recovery.
Staff members have been providing 24-hour foster care for the injured beagle. Depending on the care providers' decision, Dino could go up for adoption as early as next week. Or if specialists decide to wait until he is recovered, it could be several weeks from now, according to Adams.
There have already been a few dozen people interested in adopting Dino who have contacted the MSCPA-Angell, said Adams. His story was first reported on Feb. 2.
Because of the wide interest, the MSCPA-Angell will announce when they will start accepting applications for adoption. Then Dino’s adoption will follow normal procedures.
First the potential owners will have to prove that they can own a pet -- for example, if they are homeowners, or if they are renters, that their landlord allows pets. Then the MSCPA wants the applicants to make sure that they understand the commitment that they must make to be pet owners, said Adams.
Applicants are invited to spend time with the animal, walking it and getting to know it. Then it’s important to find an animal that fits with the owner’s lifestyle, said Adams.
“We make sure the owner matches with the animal,” said Adams. “If it’s a dog that has a lot of energy and needs to be walked a lot, it’s not good for owners who travel a lot and are never home.”
The goal of the process is to find the best match for a pet to its owner, so that the dog won’t have to be returned to the facility.
“This effort is so an animal goes to a lasting and permanent home,” said Adams. “The repeat action of surrendering an animal can start to break down an animal psychologically, and re-entering shelters can aid in the deterioration of an animal.”
While Dino is waiting for his permanent owners, he is recovering extremely well.
“He is starting to move around much better and his spirits are through the roof,” said Adams. “He’s very beagle-like.”
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