Stevie is a basset hound – terrier mix who was rescued from his abusive home in South Carolina.
8-year-old Stevie was found chained up alongside another furry pal. Unfortunately, the dogs were likely chained for a majority, if not all, of their lives. The Lancaster SPCA took the pup in and cared for him until his transfer to Diamonds in the Ruff in New York.
The Diamonds in the Ruff Animal Rescue is a fully-volunteer and foster-based rescue facility catering mainly to Niagara and Eerie counties. The organization was founded in 2011 with the sole goal of helping to save as many animals as possible from euthanasia.
3.2 million animals are adopted each year from shelters across the United States, thanks to the ongoing efforts of organizations like Diamonds in the Ruff.
Upon arrival at the Diamonds in the Ruff facility, it became apparent that the poor pup had a plethora of problems. Stevie needed full attention and constant care.
The team quickly discovered that he had several life-threatening conditions.
In addition to fleas, bald patches, and heartworms, Stevie was also fully blind.
Upon further examination, the team also discovered that the young dog was experiencing intestinal complications. Medical action wasn’t only necessary, but also urgent.
A corn cob was trapped in Stevie’s intestines, calling for immediate surgery.
Due to these complications, Stevie’s foster family had to provide him with unwavering patience and support as he adjusted to his new life.
As the dog began to heal and get used to his new surroundings, his inner personality was finally able to shine!
As the dog began to come out of his shell, Stevie’s foster family enjoyed witnessing several of his “firsts” that he missed out on during his childhood.
Stevie finally got his very first bed, full of plush and lots of foamy goodness!
The pup loves his new bed. He can often be found jumping up and down and rubbing his paws on it. Every single time he goes to his bed, he leaps with excitement! Stevie is ecstatic to have such a cozy spot to snooze on.
Erin Boyd is Stevie’s foster mom. In a recent interview with the dodo, she reported on just how impressed she was with Stevie’s quick transition. We know it can’t be easy for a dog to suddenly find comfort after years of neglect, but Stevie seems to be well on his way to happiness.
Although he is blind, Stevie makes up for his lack of vision with his adept senses of smell and hearing.
Currently, Stevie is up for adoption as he waits for his furever home.
Stevie is looking for a home where he can receive lots of attention from his human family. He would prefer to be the only pet in the house, but he wouldn’t mind a low-energy companion if necessary.
Since he missed out on lots of love during his childhood, Stevie requires a family who can give him constant snuggles and attention.
Stevie does have heartworms, so having someone who can take him to his appointments is vital. If you are located in or near the Lockport, New York, area and are interested in adopting this adorable doggo, you can fill out an application on the Diamonds in the Ruff webpage.
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