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Hammer, a 3-year-old Plott Hound Mix, was surrendered to ARL in early November after his owner passed away.
Upon initial intake and examination by ARL’s Shelter Veterinary Medicine team, it was determined that this special dog had a couple of major hurdles between him and finding a home:
Hammer has cataracts, which left him visually impaired since he was just a young pup. While the condition is benign, it does make leash walking and navigating staircases difficult.
Additionally, he gets extremely nervous around vehicles, due to his past experiences in cars. His first car ride was right after his owner had passed away. He second car ride was on the way to ARL for surrender. Vehicles reminded Hammer of complex and confusing times in his life and has caused him to panic.
Despite the obstacles facing him, we are confident that sweet and loving Hammer is a still a great candidate for adoption. ARL’s volunteers and staff have been working around-the-clock to help him become adoption-ready at his own pace.
We make sure that Hammer has a balanced daily routine of eating, exercise, socialization, and quiet time. Utilizing his strong sense of hearing, staff also guides him up and down the stairs with music playing from a cell phone.
To help him overcome his fear of cars, volunteers plan nighttime rides with him. Because he can’t see the actual vehicle, Hammer doesn’t have anxiety and will jump right in!
Hammer is a reminder of the group effort necessary when caring for shelter pets, as well as the holiday spirit that fuels us all. He represents the best of what ARL does every day to help animals in need – all thanks to your support!
Hammer is still looking for a home for the holidays. Interested in adopting him? Check out his profile, and visit him at our Boston Adoption Center or call (617) 426-9170. Please note that Hammer will require cataract surgery after adoption to help improve his eyesight. **Update 1/30/16: Hammer has found his perfect family!
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