Dog adoption usually goes something like this: A family walks into a shelter, humane society, or breeder’s home with an idea of exactly what they are looking for: young, active, groomed, attractive family dog with a great personality and wits enough to train. But what happens to the dogs that fall short of that tall order?
For Tivoli, a 7-year-old sharpie/pit bull mix, the realities of being adopted have become discouraging. Tivoli’s story begins with a good Samaritan, and hopefully it will end with one, too.
On June 7, 2008, Tivoli was brought in to the Humane Society of the Ochocos by a person who found him at the reservoir near Prineville, Oregon. Over 90 percent of his body was burned; he was drenched in gasoline, muzzled, and thrown from a truck, left to die. The abuse left him with multiple cuts, a broken hip, and very sore paws. He spent a week in intensive care and a month in the hospital, but remarkably has recovered enough not to require any special veterinary care—though he has no hair, and badly battered feet which require him to be covered and “booted up” before going outside.
Despite his imperfections, Tivoli is much loved by the staff at the Humane Society, who has asked Ruff Wear for help finding Tivoli a home. After two years at the Humane Society of the Ochocos—a no-kill shelter—Tivoli remains without a home. Due to his injuries, his skin is sensitive and he needs to remain mostly indoors with no other cats or dogs. The pin in his hip also prevents him from going up and down stairs.
If you are interested in adopting Tivoli, please contact the Humane Society of the Ochocos, located at 1280 S. Tom McCall Road in Prineville, Oregon, or call 541-447-7178 for more information.
Tivoli also has his own website at: http://adopttivi.webs.com/