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Alfredo Hound & Labrador Retriever Mix New York, NY

  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium
  • Bicolor

About

Characteristics
loving, caring, handicapped, makes you laugh, wants to belong, mellow, sweet, inspiring role model for anyone, loyal, love bug, despite of his wheel chair very active
Coat length
Short
House-trained
Yes
Health
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered, special needs. handicapped, in a wheel chair.
Good in a home with
Other dogs, cats, children, other animals. rabbits.

Meet Alfredo

URGENT FOSTER OR HOME in NY, PA, CT, NJ
I am Alfredo, a loving and affectionate paralyzed hound mix.

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INTRO: All I want is a warm bed, lots of cuddles and belly rubs and lay at your feet. I am mellow, good with other dogs, cats and children and very thankful and easy going. I can easily live in a home with other dogs and cats, although I wouldn't mind living in a single-dog household. Simply because sometimes I am a little insecure because of my disability. In my current foster, I live with a young female dog and get along well. But when she steels my toy, I cannot easily defend myself. I get along with other dogs and even cats.
My rescuers believe that I could potentially make an emotional support buddy because of my loving and caring nature. BUT it must be guranteed that the family takes care of my needs to change my diapers every couple of hours and express my bladder 2-3 times per day, which can be learned easily. All I want is to belong! I have been pushed around from foster to foster way too much!! I am neutered, vaccinated, blood tested and have been waiting for over 4 years for a home!

HERE IS MY STORY:
My owner abandoned me in a rubbish damp in a small village outside of Athens, Greece. Sadly, the fate of hundred thousand of dogs in Greece. Nobody knows how long I had survived in that dump on my own but any dog living on the street is in danger. So was I. I became a victim of a hit-and-run car accident. The driver who hit me never stopped to bring me to the vet but left me injured on the street. My rescuers believe that I must have lived in that state and in agonizing pain for many weeks and it is a miracle that I had even survived. Because of the car accident, I have a broken spine. My feet were completely wound from dragging them behind, I was full of ticks that drank my blood and I had become skin and bones. I am also missing half of an ear and nobody knows exactly what happened to me. But in July 2015 I was finally rescued and taken off that dirty garbage dump.

Then I was fostered in Greece in various foster homes, but nobody wanted to adopt me. With a broken spine I am in a wheel chair and I will never be able to walk again. But that doesn’t slow me down. My rescuers advertised me locally in Greece and even had me run with them a marathon which got a lot of press. Maybe you know Penny Marathon? I became famous overnight. But still, despite of all the publicity, I never managed to find a home for over 4 years because very few people in Greece adopt a handicapped dog.

I ran out of possibilities. Then, I had an adoption request in New York, so ZSP helped to fly me over from Greece to New York in September. I was supposed to be fostered in Atlantic City for a few weeks until ZSP could drive me upstate to the new home. But sadly the family changed their mind after I arrived. But I see it as a wonderful chance for a new beginning to finally find my home.

Despite of a rough start in life, it never broke my spirit and loving nature. I am a very kind dog who LOVES everyone! I love people, especially children, I love other dogs, I love even cats. I have a huge personality and will always make you laugh. Inside I am calm. Outside I am a big talker. I will talk to you and tell you about my day, and I love when you listen to me! I easily trust people and boy, then I become a huge snuggler. I roll over for belly rubs, I love to give kisses and lick your hands. I love when you pet me behind my ears. I am a HUGE love bug and could stay with you at your feet (or preferably in your bed ? ) all day and just have you hug me. I am an easy-going dog. Mellow and kind.

In my fosters in Greece, they did not have a lot of time for me, because there are so many injured and sick dogs to take care of, but I always adapted to any situation. Character wise I am a gem of a dog. You probably will not find a better dog than me who is more loving, loyal, mellow and easy going. I really would make an amazing emotional support dog, if you have the time to take care of my needs as well.

I am in a wheelchair and need to get my diapers changed every couple of hours and my bladder extracted at least two to three times a day. But I am really used to it now and hold still. It is easy to learn and ZSP will help if you don’t have any experiences, as long as you are 100% committed. ZSP has helped to adopt other handicapped dogs and even taught the new owners how to change a diaper and express the bladder. You will learn fast, IF YOU ARE COMMITTED!

I was estimated to be born in February 2013 and I am 38 pounds light. So I am not too heavy to lift me out of the wheel chair and change my diapers. In Greece I was looked after by a woman who was able to handle me easily all by herself for years. In addition to a wheelchair, I will also require ongoing medication. But ZSP will tell you all about what medication I need. I have been living on medication for many years and am otherwise completely healthy.

The only thing I ask is to get hugs and kisses constantly. I really want to be part of a family where I get all the love that I have been deprived off for so many years.

Will you help me to finally find happiness?

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ADOPTION PROCESS: Our adoption and foster process consists of an initial application via email on info@zerostraypawject.org (tell us about you and where and how you live), we then schedule a Skype or FaceTime call to get to know each other, plan an in-home visit, ask for a reference from your vet (if you had pets before), we work with a foster and adoption contract. For fostering, we pay for food and medical bills. If you decide to adopt, we take an adoption fee. We are there for onboarding and stay in contact with every family that has adopted from us. For more about our successful adoptions, visit: http://www.zerostraypawject.org/success-stories-1

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