*Featuring a different newly-groomed shelter dog or cat each Monday (Tuesday, this week, due to the holiday).
Homeless animals deserve their own spa days, too. Today, in the Nebraska Humane Society’s grooming room, 16 animals got their chance.
One of the sweetest dogs on today’s itinerary was Madison. She is a three-year-old German shepherd mixed breed who weighs 54 pounds. She was found as a stray and brought to the shelter. She had fleas and ticks when she arrived, so staff in the Assessment area treated her for these external parasites.
She waited her required time in the stray kennels, but was not claimed. Then she passed her behavior evaluation.
Today, she was taken to the Animal Medical Department to get spayed. Turns out, she has a scar indicating she has already been spayed. So no surgery needed for Madison today. She did get microchipped, vaccinated, a nail trim and a negative heartworm test.
When she came into the grooming room, she was brushed thoroughly with a slicker brush. This brush helped remove any dead undercoat she was trying to shed.
She was given a bath with a flea preventative shampoo, just to be on the safe side. Her ears were cleaned while she was in the tub.
Madison’s thick double coat took quite a while to dry. When she was dry, she was brushed again from head to tail and spritzed with some feminine pet cologne. A scarf tied around her neck and she is ready to go out on the town with her new family.
Madison is a “blue dot” dog, meaning that she can be shy in new situations. Her Meet Your Match evaluation shows she is an “Orange, Wallflower.” She is a little introverted and needs patience and guidance to help her come out of her shell. Her evaluator noted that she is a “sweet dog” who “really loves people” and “appears to be kennel trained.” Madison also knows how to sit, come, down and shake.
Her new family needs to brush her once or twice a week to stay ahead of the shedding. A FURminator would be a wise investment. Her nails should be trimmed twice a month and her ears cleaned once a month. Madison can have a bath once a month or so.
If you would like to get to know Madison, come down to the shelter to make her acquaintance at 8929 Fort Street. For more information about her, you can log in at www.nehumanesociety.org.
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