Santa Monica, CA – Thor’s service to help his fellow canines in need of blood began six years ago when he was abandoned by his guardians at a veterinary hospital. At that time, his guardians were in the midst of a divorce and boarded him at the vet hospital with assurances they would return for him once they were settled. That day never came.
The veterinary hospital broke the general protocol of most vets in this situation when it chose not to notify the local animal shelter to have Thor picked up. Rather, the vet hospital provided him with attention, food and vet care, but would, on occasion, have him donate his blood only when absolutely necessary to save other animals suffering from life-threatening emergencies. Although not ideal, his life was spared, and the vet hospital made sure he was content.
At nine years old, the vet knew it was time – time for this life-saving senior to experience the life he should have had six years ago. To help achieve that end, the vet contacted The Fuzzy Pet Foundation (“TFPF”) for help in finding him a wonderful forever home.
TFPF – a 501(c)(3) rescue organization that takes in many special needs animals – did not hesitate stepping up to the plate, as it has, time and time, again.
In the hopes of adopting Thor out to a nice family, TFPF took him to WorldFest 2013. It was at this event where The Gentle Barn (a charity supported by Ellen Degeneres) first met him. His story touched their hearts and both nonprofit rescues set out to find this old-timer – described by those who know him as a “gentleman” – a home where he can live out his golden years.
After Thor’s story was disseminated earlier this week, it, too, captivated the public’s heart, along with his extremely sweet nature, which just jumps right off his photo. To date, TFPF has received more than 450 emails and 50 applications, according to Sheila Choi, Founder and CEO of TFPF. The applications are primarily from out-of-state and volunteers are diligently sifting through all of them, as well as responding to emails.
Choi notes that since Thor is currently in Santa Monica, California, ideally, he can be placed in a home on the west coast. However, she also made clear that they are accepting applications from anywhere in the U.S. Potential applicants must be prepared to provide personal references, veterinary records, and be open to a thorough home check. The goal is to place Thor with the perfect family for him. It is, after all, his time.
If you believe you can provide Thor with a good home, email your application to info@TFPF.org. Applications from those who are not selected to be Thor’s adoptive guardian will be kept on file to allow TFPF to make matches in the future. This will provide room for the rescue to save the lives of other homeless pets.
TFPF needs donations to help fund Thor’s transport, as well as for their representative to conduct a home check. Moreover, donations are always needed by small rescues – especially ones that often take on animals with special needs. If you can help with that, please click here.
To the lucky family who will give Thor a wonderful life, Choi quotes Sydney Jean Seward: “Blessed is the person who [will have] earned the love of an old dog.”
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