In March of 2023, Jagger came in as a stray. His health was an initial concern as he struggled to have regular bowel movements. Jagger was unneutered when he came into our care. His lifetime of higher testosterone levels caused his rectal muscles to separate and herniate. He had a fecal impaction, so the very next day, the clinic removed the impact and started him on medications and a special diet.
Since Jagger had a hernia, he was unable to poop cleanly, needing more serious surgery. We were able to send him to a specialist for surgical correction. This procedure added mesh to Jagger’s remaining muscles, allowing him to heal. Thanks to the amazing veterinary team at AEC for caring for our sweet boy and his needs.
Jagger struggled more than most in the shelter due to his recovery and dog reactivity. We knew the healing process would be easier in a home environment and began looking for a foster. We never gave up on him, nor did our community of fosters who helped him. He spent time with two different fosters, and we learned more about him each time.
Here is Jagger in one of his foster homes.
After 240 days of being in our shelter, Jagger’s wonderful personality and good looks caught the eye of his new family, and he was adopted. Here is an update from Jagger’s family:
“I adopted Jagger on November 2nd. He instantly made himself at home. He loves going on walks. His favorite toy is a tennis ball. At first, he had a hard time sharing his toys, but he’s gotten much better! Jagger spends a lot of time with my sister’s dog, Ike, and my 2-year-old niece Sophia. He does get spooked easily when sleeping and can become a bit grumpy. Other than that, he’s a giant cuddle bug. He loves to be little spoon! He has slept in my bed every night since he’s come home. He’s quite the gentleman, won’t jump on the bed without an invite, and opens doors if they are cracked. He has remained by my side since surgery, and I’m happy to call him family.”
The best Christmas gift is seeing these furry friends find their forever homes. Our mission is to care for pets, find them homes, and save lives. This is possible because of our community’s support and donors’ generosity. Wishing you and your furry family a warm and cozy holiday season.