Update: Merry was adopted!
A young Cavalier King Charles spaniel mix is sitting in a county shelter in Tampa waiting for a home. Merry is sweet and very friendly, but like many small dogs, she is overwhelmed at the large, noisy shelter. Adding to her confusion and fear is the fact that she is visually impaired. She was adopted but returned because of her vision issues.
Merry needs an exam with an canine ophthalmologist. Her medical notes say “delayed pupillary light reflex-vision is very limited but some vision appears to be present-recommend a full ophthalmic exam” so she might have some vision. Maybe something can be done to help her regain some sight. But even if she only has limited vision, most dogs — especially young dogs like Merry — adjust to not seeing well. Blind dogs get used to navigating by nose, and as long as furniture isn’t moved much, they can get along fine.
She is only 11 pounds and available for adoption or rescue. What she needs is either a family or a rescue willing to provide her with the medical care she needs. She’s a wonderful dog with a fabulous personality — she just needs to get out of the scary shelter!
- ID# A28131295
- Facebook thread
- Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center, 440 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa, FL
- Phone: 813-744-5660
- Open 7 days a week, 10am – 7pm
ADOPT INFO: All dogs available for adoption are vetted and ready to go and expected to leave when you apply to adopt them. No holds will be placed on a dog. If you want to adopt then go to the shelter and meet the dog as soon as possible.
The Hillsborough County Shelter is a kill shelter because they are an open-access public shelter. They take in strays and owner-surrendered dogs, and when the kennels are filled, they must kill for space. The staff and volunteers work diligently to try to save each and every dog — but when shelters are overcrowded due to the failure of the public to spay and neuter their dogs — it’s an impossible task.
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