After Hurricane Isaac, Victor the dog looks forward to Halloween

Victor with his new friend, a porcelain pumpkin. I just received an update on Victor, one of the dogs rescued during Hurricane Isaac.  Victor was one of 26 dogs that we transported from Hancock County Animal Shelter (HCAS) in Kiln, MS in an effort to help them prepare by making space for the influx of dogs expected once residents returned to their homes after evacuating for Hurricane Isaac. 

We used our Petfinder.com Foundation-sponsored rescue rig to comfortably move the dogs from Mississippi to rescue groups in Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, and Maine.  Thanks to this effort, HCAS had open kennels for the nearly 50 new dogs that came in due to the storm. 

Victor was a young adult male shepherd mix that won staff over with his goofy personality and large expressive ears.  Unfortunately, Victor tested positive for heartworm, which reduced his likelihood of being a candidate for our transport to rescue groups.  We also knew that if he was not transferred, he may never get the medical treatment he needed. 

Luckily, the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) in Washington, DC stepped up to the plate and said they would take Victor (and 3 other heartworm positive dogs) and provide medical treatment.  Victor arrived at the WARL on September 6.

We knew he was in good hands since they have a full medical center.  Staff began the heartworm treatment procedure and felt confident that Victor was responding positively to the treatment, so they made him available for adoption.  

A couple from Maryland who recently lost their lab to old age stopped by WARL to look for a new companion.  Just like with us, Victor’s enormous ‘satellite ears’ caught their attention that then they fell for his sweet charming character.  They knew Victor was the one despite the fact that he has a long journey until his is cleared of heartworms.  He was adopted on September 21. 

While they have a large country environment for Victor to enjoy, they had to postpone those plans because of his condition.  To accommodate his necessary cage rest required for heartworm treatment, they converted one of their bedrooms to a special doggy den for Victor to help him relax.  He has a new bed and plenty of toys to keep him company while he recovers.  His new family is happy to see Victor through his treatment and they are looking forward to spring when they can fully enjoy the outdoors with him. They reported back that they considered changing his name, but after trying a few new names, he only came running when they called Victor, so Victor it is!

Victor is just one of the many success stories that came from the efforts of multiple animal rescue groups working together during Hurricane Isaac.

--JG

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