Why Not Me? Meet Kenzie!
We’ve partnered with Pawsitive Alliance for the #WhyNotMePets campaign to give difficult-to-home pets an extra paw up. These lovable pets are ready to find their forever homes.
Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier
Age/Gender/Size: 6 years / Female / Medium (~40 lbs)
Likes: Making blanket burritos and horsing around with garden hose spray
Special Considerations: No cats or small children
Medical Considerations: Underwent spinal surgery in April 2019 and a patella repair surgery last fall.
This week’s #WhynotMe pet is Kenzie, a spunky, sassy gal who is more than ready to be adopted by a Paw-some new family! Kenzie is available for adoption through Forgotten Dogs Rescue, a foster home-based nonprofit rescue organization located in Washington State. They currently have foster homes operating in the greater Seattle and Tri-Cities areas.
Kenzie was very pregnant when she first came to Forgotten Dogs Rescue in 2015 and gave birth to 11 pups. She and her little ones were adopted out but it so happened that Kenzie’s new family was not quite the right fit. She returned to the rescue in 2016 and has been in a foster home since. Her foster family reports that Kenzie is an all-time favorite among those in the rescue group and has a spirit that simply cannot be broken.
The blanket burrito – what we may imagine is a messy bed-side night snack is actually the comical display of a warm, happy dog snuggled and swaddled in tight with their blankie. Kenzie has the blanket burrito down to a science and is happy to share her snuggles with her people!
When it comes to other dog friends, Kenzie may be a little more stubborn to share. Her foster family is currently working with her on some reactivity to other dogs she encounters on walks and has noted that laid back and easygoing canine friends are the best personality match for her. Kenzie will also need a home without kitties or small children.
There are a couple of medical conditions for which Kenzie has been treated. The first entailed surgery for a luxating patella in her left hind leg, which was very successful. The second, just earlier this year in April, involved a spinal injury for which Kenzie required emergency surgery. She had a herniated disc that had caused temporary paralysis of her rear legs. Kenzie’s foster family is excited to report that she regained full function of her back end but will sometimes walk with a little bit of a swagger.
Kenzie should avoid multiple stairs and long walks or hikes and may occasionally need a little assistance on or off the couch. She is currently on a daily regime of glucosamine and carprofen, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. Kenzie hasn’t slowed down a whole lot even with her medical history and loves a leisurely walk around town or some quality time in the backyard to show-off and be goofy.
Kenzie’s foster family is hoping that she will find a home that loves her small but mighty personality as much as they do. If you are interested in finding out more information about adopting Kenzie, we urge you to visit the Forgotten Dogs Rescue website at https://www.forgottendogsrescue.com to fill out an application. Kenzie’s adoption fee is $350, and she will go home to her new family spayed, up to date on vaccinations and microchipped. Please make it a point to meet Kenzie soon
People are sometimes surprised to find out that most animal shelters have an adoption fee. They might think, “Wait a minute! You got this animal for free so why are you charging me to take it off your hands?” This way of thinking ignores both the costs of housing animals as well as their medical care.
Here are some of the things your adoption fee usually covers:
- Spay/neuter for dogs and cats of age
- Vouchers for spay/neuter for puppies and kittens too young to be altered
- Deworming and parasite medication
- Core vaccines
- Microchipping (at some shelters)
All of these services are recouped in the standard adoption fee, but at a fraction of what you would have to pay most veterinarians. In fact, adopting a pet at a shelter is a net financial gain for most responsible pet parents in terms of the cost of care.