Left Lonely in the Night..
Giles, now Apollo, was abandoned outside in the parking lot of our shelter. He was left overnight, sick and in the cold. Lethargic and alone, he sat there all night waiting for someone to find him. Luckily for Apollo, our team and partners at Washoe county found him when they arrived in the morning.
Apollo was admitted in to Washoe County Animal Services before being transferred over to us. When dogs are admitted into Washoe county or our shelter, we immediately test them for Canine Parvovirus. Unfortunately for Apollo, his test came back positive. Canine Parvovirus or “Parvo” is a contagious virus mostly affecting dogs that can be very deadly. Vaccines can prevent this infection, but mortality can reach up to 91% in untreated cases.
Apollo was vomiting and not eating, which are common symptoms of parvovirus. other symptoms are fever, diarrhea and extreme lethargy. Our vet staff put poor Apollo into medical quarantine and kept daily observations of him.
Stronger Every Day
Apollo slowly started to eat and as time went on, got stronger everyday in our care. We were so happy to see his health increase, as some dogs don’t get that lucky.
With the care and observation of our clinic and medical team, they helped Apollo fight through this disease. they monitored and treated his symptoms, making sure he was getting adequate nutrition. Time and the care he deserved allowed him to over come this deadly obstacle.
After he was completely healed, and spending ten days in medical quarantine, he was cleared to be put on the adoption floor. A few days of waiting later, and Apollo was ready to meet his forever family.
A Forever Home
Kenady and her boyfriend had talked about getting a puppy but were back in forth as they were both setting up their careers so the conversation never went far. One day Kenady was at work and she got a text from her boyfriend with Apollo’s humane society profile attached to it saying “serious answers only, can we go and get this dog” and without hesitation she said yes and they submitted an application and called.
There was one other couple that applied for him before them so they were told they would get a call back once they knew about the first applicants.
“We have never been so anxious for a call back! Luckily we got a call back saying that the couple didn’t answer or call back so we were able to make an appointment to come and meet him.”
When they came to the shelter to meet Apollo they sat in the hallway by the meeting rooms, patiently waiting to meet him.
“I hear a door open and see this spastic dog pull this poor lady all the way down the hall and he ran right up to us with the biggest smile on his face. The lady working explained to us how he was pretty excited to be able to see people since he had been so sick for the last little while. She told us that Apollo had Parvo and his previous owners dropped him off over night. She thought that either they couldn’t afford his vet bills or they thought he was just going to die and couldn’t deal with the heart-break. His story instantly melted our hearts and we fell in love with him!” –Kenady, Apollo’s adopter.
Fast forward, and his new family absolutely adores Apollo. They said that he brings so much joy into their lives. He has two new housemates, in which he gets long great with. He lives with Tiger who is a boxer, pit & lab mix (they think) and Paco who is a little Chihuahua. They all love each other!
The Good Life
Four months later, Apollo enjoys life at home with his new family immensely. He loves to play tug and fetch and meet new dogs and people. He goes on long walks with his dog sibling and loves to explore. His adopter shared that also loves to take naps and do tricks! She also said that Apollo has the most energy, attitude & personality of any dog she has ever met.
“You saved his life and we can’t thank you enough. Apollo has changed our lives and brought so much love and joy, he has seriously bettered our lives in so many ways. Thanks to you guys saving his life and allowing us to adopt him!” — Kenady, Apollo’s adopter.
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