Haven Animal Rescue and Community Outreach gained a sweet and goofy soul when bully breed mix Samson arrived this past winter, but they had no idea what the pup had in store for them.
“He’s been with us eight months, and we keep learning something new about him every day,” Leigh Ann Wagner Kroening, President and Founder of the rescue told Local 5.
His new caretakers soon discovered that Samson is deaf, and started teaching him hand signs to train him like any other dog.
But Samson has other special needs, including cerebellar hypoplasia, a non-aggressive disability that have made his life even more difficult.
“We thought his deafness was going to be his biggest obstacle, and that’s not the case,” Wagner Kroening said. “He needs a lot of patience and his sensory issues require him to make sure he’s getting a lot of exercise and a lot of down time.
Samson is an adoptable pet to the right home, but finding the perfect match has proven to be a difficult task.
Until he is able to find his forever family, Samson has taken up residence at Liberty K9 Lodge in Howard.
“This environment has finally turned out to be the perfect place for him,” Wagner Kroening said. “But we have to pay to board him here.”
Those boarding fees, combined with medications that help him live a more normal life and special training have added up.
“All of that combined has really kind of hit our animal care fund,” Wagner Kroening said.
The rescue is now asking for help paying for Samson’s care through an online campaign, which has seen success over the two days it has been live.
Money raised through the fundraiser will help take care of Samson until the right home finally comes along.