What I'd like for Christmas is for O'Malley to find a home. It's been over six months now since I first met the Chocolate Lab and who knows how long he was at the pound in Ohio before he was brought to Toronto Animal Services South. Six months is like three and a half years in dog time. That's like an undergrad degree minus the partying.
If anyone out there knows someone who might be looking for a dog who's survived heartworm, being shot at and living in a shelter for at least six months, kindly pass O'Malley's info along. I'm getting worried about this guy.
O'Malley is a wonderful Chocolate Lab. He's super friendly and loves to be around people and other friendly dogs. He can get quite exuberant when he plays and of course he can be taught better manners but at present he may not be suitable for a family with young children.
O'Malley was rescued from Ohio after being shot with a shotgun. We didn't realize he'd been shot until he had some x-rays done. He's still got some pellets lodged inside him but they aren't giving him any trouble so they will be left alone as removing them would be more trauma he doesn't need. To add to his recent woes, O'Malley has also just gone through two months of heartworm treatment though he's doing fine now. Presently, he's got a bony lesion in his front right leg, a possible result of being shot, which sometimes causes the leg to ache after too much exercise. This lesion will have to be monitored so this is something you should discuss with your vet before adopting.
Due to the extended time O'Malley was at the Ohio pound plus the heartworm treatment period and then the time it took to determine the problem with his leg, O'Malley has been living in shelters for much too long, months now actually, and he's such a big teddy bear that we'd hate to see him spend any more time without a family for him to love. With all he's been through, O'Malley really deserves a good home.
The best way to check on the adoption status of this dog (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services or call 416 338 3338 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter.