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Buster! Special Needs Dachshund Takes Washington by Storm
May 10, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC – After being hit by a car and found on a West Virginia roadside, Buster, a dachshund/beagle mix has overcome tremendous odds and adapted so well to his special needs circumstances, he is ready to meet his new family and find a forever home. He is available for potential adopters at the Washington Animal Rescue League in northwest Washington, DC.
“We’re thrilled to have Buster as a temporary resident here at the League,” said Chief Operating Officer Mary Jarvis. “Buster is the beneficiary of tremendous kindness from a Good Samaritan, dedicated animal welfare volunteers, outstanding medical staffs at several facilities and currently, a dedicated adoptions staff here at the League that will find the perfect forever home for this wonderful little dog.”
Last fall, a Good Samaritan found Buster beside a road in West Virginia, critically injured and needing assistance. After surgeries at the Hope Center in Vienna, Va. and a seven month stay with McLean Animal Hospital, Buster has come to the Washington Animal Rescue League to be adopted.
Sporting a specially fashioned “cart” that allows him to be very mobile in spite of virtually no use of his back legs, Buster motors around the shelter, sniffing everyone and everything in search of treats, toys and other interesting objects. Even under his challenging circumstances, the 16 month-old is as happy and cheerful as any dog in the shelter. His charming personality has already made him a popular resident.
The potential adopter for Buster will need to be aware of a number of special needs that he will have throughout his life. The League’s veterinary staff fully expects Buster to live a long and healthy life with some special assistance from his forever family. Prior to adoption, the League’s medical, behavior and adoption staff will work with the adopting family to ensure they are aware and prepared for Buster’s needs.
To help the Washington Animal Rescue League continue to care for Buster and other animals with special needs, please visit our donation page at www.warl.org/supportbuster. The Washington Animal Rescue League operates entirely on donations from the public, so every dollar we receive is critical to our ability to provide care, training and adoption facilities for homeless animals.