June 14, 2013


Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection
Euthanisia Review: 6/13/2013
Senior blind dog
Euthansia list reason: quality of life issues

The Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection has started to notify rescue groups and volunteers 24 hours in advance of animals put on the euthanasia list. Yesterday, number 975316 was on it. Reason: quality of life issues.

Volunteers had met number #975316, and said she was a wonderful and sweet dog. One who would stay by your side, even though she was blind. One who had a great little smile, and one who would break your heart when she blindly stumbled over her bed, but did not let it phase her one bit.

Once again, they got to networking, and Angels of Assisi put a hold on her, promising to pick her up by noon. A potential adaptor was found, and while paperwork was being processed, another offered to foster her. Progress.

Meanwhile, as her photo circulated, a pet sitter saw it, and contacted her client who had been missing her dog for 3 weeks. Number 975316 arrived at Angels of Assisi this morning, and her owner arrived not too long after. She was afraid to get her hopes up that it really was her beloved Charmin, but within minutes the reunion was on.

As it turns out, Charmin had gone missing in a thunderstorm 3 weeks ago. Her owner, Mary, had looked for her everyday by walking the neighborhood, and had to come to terms that her dog was gone. She did not know about the pound, and we are finding that to be the case with many people.

Charmin is 13 years old, and Mary's husband, James, had rescued her before she went to the Franklin County Pound 12 years ago. She was his constant companion as his kidney's failed, and went on dialysis. She stayed next him when he came home from his exhausting 4 hour treatments, 3 days a week. She stayed next to him when he came home from numerous surgeries to keep his veins open so he could have his treatment. She stayed next to him when the family received the joyous news that he was getting a kidney transplant. As the new kidney failed, she stayed by his side. And after James died from complications of his kidney transplant, Charmin stayed by Mary, and she has been there ever since.

The remaining two family members go for walks on their neighborhood trail every day, and Mary has already called the neighbors to let them know Charmin will be back on the hike tomorrow. She's got a new microchip, and a follow up appointment in the Angels of Assisi wellness clinic next week to make sure all is well.

Mary gives Charmin, her blind companion, a good quality of life, and Charmin gives Mary one right back. Life is like that. Charmin almost lost hers today, and we are eternally grateful to the volunteers who refused to let it happen. Ya’ll done a good thing today, and we love you for it.


  1. And it's why this Canadian chick follows your blog. The sad, the happy, they all make me cry.I love what you do and I thank you daily, hourly for what you do. xo

  2. Julie PadgettJune 14, 2013

    It amazes me how they are so quick to want to put animals down at RCACP. I'm so lucky to have gotten my 2 before they could kill them. They have turned out to be the best dogs I've ever owned and they were up for death that week. It really makes me ill ! Glad there are no kills around to pull dogs like Charmin!!!