Meet Louis, a three-year-old Labrador-German Shepherd mix.
Louis did not really have the luxury of a good, well-cared-for life because his owners neglected him. When he got a severe eye infection, his eyes were removed rather than getting them treated first. Then, shortly after his operation, the blind dog was hit by a car, fracturing his leg. Because of all of these, his owners found it impossible to care for him, so they surrendered him to a shelter.
Helen Woodward Animal Center, a non-profit organization situated in San Diego County, rescued him. The institution placed him in a foster family to aid in his recovery and teach him how to cope with his blindness. Then, they shared his story on their various social media channels, where it rapidly became viral.
And as a result of his terrible story, the shelter received donations and assistance for Louis. In addition, they got numerous adoption applications for the dog.
Steve Walker, a former marine, was one of the numerous applicants. He and his family had no intention of adopting a second dog, but Louis’ story moved them, especially as Steve himself had suffered from Retinitis Pigmentosa. When Steve was 18 years old, he began to experience increasing vision loss as a result of this rare eye illness.
His daughter, Jordan, penned a thorough essay explaining why they were the ideal family to adopt Louis. She mentioned in the essay that their home had already adapted to Steve’s blindness, so Louis would not have as much difficulty living with them. In addition to Dragon, a bulldog who was rescued by the family, they also have a rabbit named Honey.
The rescue organization believed this was the ideal family for Louis. Therefore, they called them quickly and organized the adoption. Not only did Louis find a permanent home, but a good Samaritan also supplied him with one-year free veterinarian care and 10 training sessions from San Diego Pet Training.
Steve spoke during the adoption event and he thanked everyone who had helped care for Louis. Now, Louis will have the opportunity to live his best life under the care of a loving family.
Source: Helen Woodward Animal Center