by Malia Sexton
Malia Sexton is an Outreach Associate at Valley Animal Center in Fresno, California. VAC shares their animal rescue adventures with us every month. Check out KRL’s interview with VAC to learn more about what they do.
When Valley Animal Center first rescued Bowser from a local animal control facility, the ten-month-old Pomeranian mix had a severe eye infection, and an ulcer that had Valley Animal Center’s staff worried. While we are not aware of how the infection and ulcer formed, as it was prior to his arrival, we suspect that it was due to an infected cut on the cornea that worsened as he scratched at it. After determining that the damage done to Bowser’s eye could not be repaired, our veterinarian deemed it best for him to undergo surgery to have it safely removed. The surgery was about 45 minutes long, and involved shaving and swabbing the area around the eye prior to surgery. The procedure was considered a success, and since then Bowser has been adjusting nicely to life as the cutest one-eyed pirate Pom!
Bowser’s adorable personality shines bright across the seven seas, making him an excellent example of how animals can overcome traumatic pasts. Not only is Bowser friendly and good with kids, he is also very affectionate (both in receiving and giving). Some of Bowser’s favorite things include: belly rubs, cuddles, and making new friends wherever he goes. Because Bowser is a Pomeranian mix, he easily adjusts from being an active dog to being an easy-going one, making him a great candidate for any lifestyle.
The weekend of the Clovis Rodeo, Bowser was a participant in the Rodeo parade and was the most popular pup in attendance. Bowser easily completed the three-mile-long parade route, and won over the hearts of the crowd with his pirate eye and Pomeranian fluffiness. Since the Rodeo, Bowser has enjoyed basking in his pirate pup popularity.Bowser has not let having only one eye affect his wonderful personality, which is what contributed to him finding his “furever” home after being on the adoption floor for less than a week! Bowser has been adopted by a fabulous family full of animal lovers—including three kitty siblings—and is enjoying his life at his new home in the Fresno suburbs. Bowser’s new pet parents happily report that Bowser is adjusting well to his new home, and is getting along beautifully with his feline siblings. He has gotten comfortable and has taken over his humans’ beds—not that they’re complaining!
Even though our charming little one-eyed friend has been adopted, Valley Animal Center has many of his furry friends still waiting for a home. Our adoption centers are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Since we are a no-kill shelter, our animals will stay with us and be cared for until they find their forever homes.
The Valley Animal Center is a non-profit, no-kill shelter, and receives no public funding to care for animals like Bowser. Your contributions help support the dogs and cats cared for at our facility until they find their forever homes. As always, the Valley Animal Center is grateful and appreciative of any and all donations. For more information, please visit www.valleyanimal.org.
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