It’s scary to think about: How did Butler survive outside as a stray?
It’s hard enough for your average pet who suddenly finds themselves on the streets. But Butler had an extra challenge: He was deaf.
The tiny 8-pound Chihuahua couldn’t hear fast cars zooming by. He couldn’t hear wild animals who saw him as a meal. He couldn’t hear any dangers of outside life, but somehow made it long enough for a municipal animal control officer to find him.
The ACO wondered where Butler belonged. As did Butler. But no one came for the 3-year-old pup at the municipal shelter. So he arrived at the Connecticut Humane Society. Butler received medical care and good food. And a temporary collar. A simple item, sure. But to a dog who’s lost everything, it’s hope for the future. The first step in the journey to home and belonging.
It can be harder for a deaf dog to adjust to new surroundings. But support from friends like you becomes unique care for pets with special needs, like Butler.
He had to get used to new pets and people, and felt startled if he didn’t see someone coming. Staff members needed to use different ways to communicate with him (even blinking a flashlight on and off to let him know someone was nearby!). No one knew Butler’s story before his rescue. Affection and loving attention may have been all new to him. But everyone worked to make sure the rest of his story was full of happiness.
Soon, Butler was having a blast running around outside with human pals and on playdates with doggie friends, once he realized he was safe. When he was ready, a new mom—and dog sibling—came into his life. He got a permanent collar of his very own. And his new mom couldn’t wait to find her own way to show Butler how much he’s loved…and that he belongs right there with them.