December 21, 2016

Osmo’s Christmas Wish Has Come True!

Posted in Haven Blog tagged , , , , , , at 3:25 pm by havenoftheheart

A Forever Home at last!!!

Osmo came from Northern Ontario and made his way south back in May, since then his life has been in limbo until now. Osmo was first placed in a local shelter but staff soon realized that a shelter was not the right environment for him. This boy was full of anxiety, terrified outdoors and unfortunately had issues that needed to be addressed. After six weeks of searching, a wonderful rescue group in Milton stepped up, took him into their care and placed him in foster. Unfortunately, this little guy is an extreme flight risk and that is exactly what he did, he bolted from his foster home and was on the run for nearly 2 months.

We never gave up hope. There was a lot of support from the community where he went missing with search and rescue efforts. There were Denise Gillis, Laura McKibbon Caron and wonderful people from AID 4 Paws, France Lajeunesse and Helena Brown, just to name a few, whose tireless efforts in locating and securing Osmo were phenomenal. The effort finally paid off and Osmo was rescued off the street. Another hurdle overcome.

Next hurdle: At this point, the rescue group had no more available fosters but they graciously surrendered Osmo into our care at Haven of the Heart, where our volunteer Erika Longman fostered Osmo and helped him along with his fear issues, prepping him for a chance of a forever home.

To make a long story even longer, we want to thank the people who have had a “paw” in helping Osmo get to his safe haven and ultimately his new loving home. So, thank you to the staff at Caledon Animal Shelter for looking after Osmo for six weeks while they searched for a rescue group to take him in. Thank you to the Milton rescue who pulled him from the shelter, vetted him and fostered him for 7+ weeks. Thank you, Erika for fostering and training him, Denise for tirelessly doing home checks no matter how far they were from her home. Last but not least, thank you to Pam and Matt for taking on a special-need dog, welcoming him into their lives and loving him for who he is.

It’s been a long tough journey for Osmo the dog, but love finally conquered all. Osmo is home!

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