A blind dog found scavenging for roadkill in the middle of a busy street near Milwaukee in December will make his adoption debut at the Oshkosh Area Humane Society Saturday.
Devito's rescuer could tell he was sight-impaired and was able to lead the dog out of heavy traffic to safety.
He spent his stray-hold period in Milwaukee, but then his rescuer asked if he could move to the Oshkosh Area Humane Society so he could get the care he needed.
When Devito came romping through the doors of OAHS, he immediately captured the hearts of staff and volunteers, according to an OAHS press release. Despite his loss of vision, he had no problem trying to fit on a welcoming lap while snorting and grunting with joy at the touch of a friendly hand.
An eye specialist evaluated Devito, and it was determined he was completely blind from a condition called progressive retinal atrophy in one eye, with the other eye severely damaged and ulcerated. His specialist recommended removing both eyes for his comfort.
After being neutered and recovering from the procedure in his foster home, Devito had surgery to remove his eyes. He was again able to rest and heal before last week when he had dental extractions of severely decayed teeth.
Now, thanks to the support of the community, he's ready for a fresh start with a forever family.
Devito will be at OAHS from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to make his adoption debut. Staff and volunteers are looking forward to seeing him feeling his best.
"Devito is just one example of our lifesaving mission and why we say we're 'different on purpose,'" said OAHS Executive Director Joni Geiger. "With our ethical standards as our guide and with the support of the community, we can help many animals who need extra TLC, be it medical or behavioral. Every animal deserves the opportunity to find their happily-ever-after. "
Devito is six years old and is currently living with other dogs in his foster home.
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