Luke was seized from his owner by Animal Control due to his horrific condition. His situation was so dire, the shelter vet and staff didn’t even know IF Luke could recover.
How anyone could treat an animal in such a callous and horrific manner is beyond our comprehension? Our poor boy’s skin was dried, crusted, and thickened. He was frighteningly emaciated. It was hard to tell what breed or color he was. The veterinarian found that upon initial exam Luke was severely emaciated, suffering from a skin infection and hair loss over 90% of his body, in addition to an ear infection. Luke’s recovery plan includes a regular medicated baths, ear drops for his ear infection, antibiotics, regular blood tests, joint supplements, and nutritious food in addition to soft bedding and a regular walking schedule.
In his first weeks at the shelter, Luke was lethargic, lumbering around with his head held low. After weeks of a regular bathing schedule and extra time for play and extra attention and affection from shelter volunteers, Luke began to feel better and his real personality emerged. OC Animal Care staff report that Luke is loveable and likes to play.
Currently, Luke has gained about 18% of his initial weight and has hair covering the majority of his body. His increased activity level and playful behavior is a testament to his ability to recover with only basic care and the power of his will to survive.
Luke’s condition began with a small flea allergy that could have been easily addressed with a few dollars worth of medicine. It progressed into a raging yeast and bacterial infection that overtook his entire body–inside and out. He is fortunate that he was discovered before he died from neglect.
Luke is now safe with GSROC and will be evaluated by our vet. He was thrilled to leave the shelter and hopped into the car as if he has done it a 100 times before, settled right in and looked out the window for the entire freedom ride. He knew better things were in store for him!
UPDATE: 8/18/2013 from Luke’s foster home:
He likes other large dogs for sure, but doesn’t have nice inter-canine manners yet(too nosey for comfort)! He is not at all rickety on his legs, but requires joint meds for sure.
UPDATE 10/7/13 — Luke loves hanging with pack mates! He is in a play group with fellow orphans Allie and Nickelby, and he grins all of the time! What was once patches of fur surrounded by bare skin, is now mostly fuzz with patches of skin–progress!
If you are interested in meeting Luke, please complete an online application.
Adoption Application If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs, you may submit an application online or via fax. If you choose to send a fax, please download the Adoption Application here in PDF format; fill it out and sign it. You can fax it to us at 714-773-9430.
Home Visit Prior to any dog going home, we do require a home visit to ensure that your environment is safe and secure. Once your home has been approved, the adoption can move forward.
Adoption Donation Our adoption donation is minimum $350.00 plus $25.00 for microchip for adult dogs and $450 plus $25.00 microchip for puppies 1 year and under. This donation is tax deductible as allowed by law and helps to offset the costs that we have incurred for the dog's care and housing during his or her stay with our group. The minimum adoption donation does not entirely cover the investments that we have made in the dogs so if you are in a position to give more, we would be honored to receive your additional donation. All adoption donations go directly toward the needs of our dogs.
All dogs adopted through GSROC are spayed or neutered, current on their vaccines and de-wormed. Because the minimum Adoption Donation rarely covers the costs associated with each dog, we ask that adopters who are in a position to give additional funds do so at their discretion.