For 7 months before Gerald and Herald were transferred to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society from another shelter through our FOCAS (Friends of County Animal Shelters) program, they lived together in a small wire crate.
They’re about 13 years old. They both weigh about 10 pounds. They’re male Chihuahua / Dachshund mix.
And they’re both blind.
Kathy Zerkle is V.P. of Adoption Services at RCHS. She says, “When we saw them at the other shelter, we had to take them. Their lives were not going to get any better. They would only get worse. That’s not the way it works at RCHS.”
Kathy sees the story of Gerald and Herald as a four step process.
#1: Their previous family abandoned them.
#2: The dogs were picked up and taken to one of our rescue partner shelters.
#3: We asked to have these two, blind dogs transferred to RCHS.
“Now we’re working on step four. That’s finding them a new home. We knew it wouldn’t be an easy adoption. But, before, they had no chance. Now they have a future.”
Gerald is “top dog” of the two. He’s not shy about rolling on his back so you can rub his tummy. He’s had one of his eyes removed and the vision in the other is pretty much non-existent. Herald is the follower. He’s blind in both eyes. He follows Gerald’s lead.
Kathy says, “After 7 months living in a crate, they forgot what ‘normal’ is. They had forgotten how to play with toys. They had forgotten what it’s like to be loved. Now they’re getting lots of love and attention. It’s great to see the joy come back to them.”
As a bonded pair, Gerald and Herald need to be adopted together. They will do best in an adult home where their new family will give them encouragement and time to settle in at their own pace.
If you’ve ever had a blind dog, or you’re willing to learn, please come meet Gerald and Herald. The adoption fee is $75 for both of them.
If it’s not a good time to adopt you can make a donation or “sponsor” pets until they are adopted. https://rchumanesociety.org/give/sponsor-a-pet/
Visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, of log on to www.sdpets.org. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society, where Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow. ®