I've been following this one locally and thought this area could use a happy story.
BOTHELL, Wash. -- A local animal rescue group says it has never before had so much trouble finding a home for its dog. The problem isn't Daisy Mae's disposition, but her condition.
Daisy Mae has been living at the Doggy Haven Resort, but she's got to find a new home. The guest in room 26 can no longer afford her boarding bills.
The 1-year-old puppy doesn't have an owner and doesn't have use of her hind legs. But she sure tries.
"I think she's just like any other one year old dog. She wants to run and doesn't realize she's any different," said Rachel Brewer with Doggy Haven Resort.
Born with a spinal defect and abandoned as a pup, the Labrador-Whippet mix needs more assistance than most adoptive owners are willing to provide. One overwhelmed owner even gave her back.
Rescue Pup has spent thousands of dollars on MRI, spinal taps, food, and hydrotherapy for Daisy Mae. But now the non-profit, no-kill organization is out of money.
"We've had her posted in over 20 publications," said Joyce Gonzalez of Rescue Pup. "I don't know what we're going to do. We're at our wit's end."
Doggy Haven Resort has allowed Daisy Mae to stay for free for the past five months, but now needs the room to fill reservations.
When rescuers first brought the pup to the resort, she was too weak to stand. Since then she has received weekly swimming lessons that have strengthened her muscles. But the rescuers can no longer afford the weekly lessons, and they're afraid she may regress.
"We've never been this broke. We've been broke but because of the expenses with this little girl it's just drained every resource they've had," said Gonzalez.
She might lack coordination, but the pup isn't short on affection.
"I have never seen a dog that loved everything and everybody (the way she does)," Gonzalez said.
And the rescuers would love to find Daisy Mae a home.
Anyone interested in adopting Daisy Mae or helping Rescue Pup can contact the rescue organization by sending an e-mail to [email protected]
BOTHELL, Wash. -- A local animal rescue group's prayers were finally answered on Tuesday.
After a year of trying, Rescue Pup had nearly given up hope on finding home for an abandoned and disabled dog.
Born with a spinal defect and abandoned as a pup, the 1-year-old Labrador-Whippet mix needs more assistance than most adoptive owners are willing to provide. One overwhelmed owner even gave her back.
It broke the volunteers' hearts to see Daisy Mae's condition overshadow her sunny disposition.
"I have never seen a dog that loved everything and everybody (the way she does)," said Joyce Gonzalez of Rescue Pup.
It took nearly a village of volunteers to raise the disabled dog. Rescue Pup went broke after spending thousands on Daisy's spinal taps, MRIs and hydrotherapy.
But just when the non-profit organization thought Daisy Mae had run of options, one woman opened up her heart and home.
Jacquie Irwin saw Daisy Mae's story on KOMO News and knew the underdog was meant to be hers.
"I was getting ready to go to work and burst into tears," she said.
Irwin works with a Tumwater veterinarian who is installing hydrotherapy tubs and opening a physical therapy center.
"I'm getting the gift here," Irwin said. "It's meant to be, because I'm going to be able to give her the things she needs."
On Tuesday volunteers with Rescue Pup took Daisy Mae to her new home.
"It's just a happy moment and we didn't know if it was ever going to happen," said Gloria Price, Rescue Pup volunteer.
But saying goodbye was difficult for the Rescue Pup family who had grown to love Daisy Mae. There were tears, gifts and goodbyes.
"It's your happy day for you, going to go to your new home," said Rescue Pup Director Allicia Crockett to Daisy Mae, "there's your mama."
At her new home, Daisy Mae will live with a canine companion named Pretty Boy Floyd.
I watched this story on the news and she's such a trusting and loving girl. They were on the cusp of having to put her down. So glad it all worked out!