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Sweet service dog needs a loving home after his owner killed in accident

Custom_sam_sheepdog_300_thumb By Martha | February 22, 2016 | Comments (1)

Kariba was a faithful service dog to Donald Norton for a decade until last week. Tragically, a few weeks ago Donald was killed after being hit by a car while trying to cross the road in his wheelchair. The German Shepherd mix was with him when it happened and he miraculously survived.

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But now Kariba needs a home. Kariba is currently with Texas Service Dogs founder Sammye Darling, who took him in after the accident. She didn't want to see him go to a shelter.

"It's been a rough couple of months for former service dog, Kariba," Sammye writes. That's because Kariba and Donald had also escaped a house fire at the beginning of February.

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It's now Texas Service Dogs goal to find Kariba a home for his retirement years. As he's 12-years-old, Texas Service Dogs is adopting him out as a pet, not a working dog.

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"He is potty trained, walks well on the leash, and loves car rides! He is great with other dogs and people but he does not like cats. He's a healthy senior but does have fragile hips and back legs as so daily pain medication is recommended," says the group.

To find out about adopting Kariba, visit the Texas Service Dogs website.



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UPDATE (3/30/16): Kariba still has not found an adopter and fosters backed out unfortunately.Texas Service Dogs is currently looking for someone to adopt him as a ***PET ONLY.*** A backyard is recommended for him as he LOVES the outdoors and car rides! We are looking into purchasing him some custom wheels to help his mobility. And he might be hard of hearing. He is fully potty trained, up to date on vaccinations and neutered, walks well on the leash, doesn't mind nail trimmings and baths.... he's simply the PERFECT companion! It is shocking he has been over looked. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Kariba's owner, Donald Norton, was killed after being hit by a car while trying to cross North Lamar (Austin, TX) in his wheelchair. There is no side walk and little to no lighting. Kariba, his RETIRED service dog, was with him when it happened. ------------------------------------------------------------------- If you can help, please email TexasServiceDogs@gmail.com
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