Faith is a Lab/Terrier mix who is about 9 years old. She has been at the Bloomfield Animal Shelter for almost two years.
Faith came to the shelter after being left in a burned-out house for several months. Her owners came by to feed her, but having lost their home, were unable to find accommodations that would accept a dog. Eventually they agreed to surrender Faith to the shelter to give her another chance at happiness.
Once at the shelter, it was clear Faith had a long road ahead. Her lungs were irritated from the smoke and ashes she had inhaled, and she was traumatized by her experience in the burned-out home. She also had never been spayed — but because of her lung problems, the vet didn’t dare risk putting her under anesthesia.
With love and care, she gradually recovered from her ordeal, but was left with a damaged trachea. Despite that, she was adopted once; however, sadly, she was returned to the shelter, through no fault of her own.
Then this summer, Faith had another setback – she developed mammary tumors and a mast cell tumor on her knee. Thanks to donations, Faith was able to have the surgery she needed and finally be spayed, despite the difficulties posed by her damaged trachea. Unfortunately, she is at high risk of recurrence of the mammary cancer, or of new cancers forming, due to having been spayed so late in life.
Faith enjoys her toys and loves going for walks and rides in the car. She even picks up her empty dish to let you know she is hungry!
Faith is very loyal to whoever she is with and will be a devoted companion. However, because of her medical history, there is no guarantee she has many years ahead. All she needs is a generous person who will open their home to her and give her the opportunity to live out her life in comfort and receive the love and care she deserves.
Anyone interested in adopting or fostering Faith can come meet her at the shelter any afternoon between noon and 5 p.m. (until 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays). For more information, email the shelter at AdoptatBAS@yahoo.com or call 973-748-0194.