In the second installment of our series of senior pet adoption stories, we present May Lattanzio's touching account of rescuing a three-legged Boston Terrier mix she christened Granny Annie:
Off and on throughout my life, I have worked as a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator and placement volunteer for the local humane society.
I saw the nameless Boston with three legs who was supposedly five years old (approximately) online. Her owner was incarcerated, and she was given to someone else who neglected or mistreated her so much, she was confiscated.
And there she was. Much older than five. Maybe 500. She was scarred on her flanks. Her forehead looks like it was cleaved at one time. She trailed a long cyst sack that swung when she walked. It was heavy. She is missing a front leg. She hobbles; has lumps, bumps and warts all over. She is gray-faced.
Maybe someone would want a special needs dog. I took her home to foster. Granny Annie is no beauty. All dogs are beautiful physically, but poor Annie isn't. But inside that scarred interior lives a shining, golden heart and endless sweetness of character. I was planning to foster her so that she would not be euthanized. Who would want her?
It turned out that I did. To a house full of dogs and cats, she fit right in. If your heart is set on a dog, please adopt one, and don't forget the older ones who aren't pretty anymore; or the black ones who are seldom adopted because of their color. If they have special needs, they have lessons to teach you; like courage, inner strength, patience, gratitude and above all, love.