Thursday, December 15, 2005
Lily-Beignet Finds A Home
One of our hurricane dogs, Beignet (Lily to her foster) found a home yesterday. She was adopted by her foster family, and considering everything this dog and this foster family have been through, they both have a special place in the hearts of EBSPCA staff. There were tears from staff and lots of photos taken when we processed the adoption last night!
We treated Beignet for heartworms, a condition that can be fatal and is more common in the South than other regions of the country. She made it through her treatment and was in her foster home for nearly three months. Her foster family took wonderful care of her. With her heartworm condition, she needed to stay on restricted activity -- which wasn't easy, since she's an energetic Boxer mix! Her foster family had fostered one other hurricane dog before Beignet, a small dog named Madame who was reunited with her owner (see October's blog). Madame's owner was verified and the dog was flown home right about the time that the family decided that they wanted to adopt her. To help them recover from that disappointment, and knowing that they'd take great care of Beignet, they were fortunately up for another foster dog.
When the family decided they wanted to adopt their second hurricane foster dog, they didn't tell their children yet, but plotted with me to have her outfitted in her new leash, collar, harness and tag when they arrived to pick her up. They'd told the children it was to foster her some more, and then once they were reunited with their foster dog, they revealed that they were adopting her and she would be theirs forever! When Lily-Beignet arrived home, the first thing she did was fall fast asleep, content to have a home of her own at last. Her new owner described her happy homecoming, "I think if she could, she would pinch herself to make sure it was all real!!"
Welcome home, Lily-Beignet!