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Jay's Story



Jay spent the first 3 years of his life in a hoarding situation, as part of a pack of 25+ dogs, who didn’t receive the care or attention they deserved.  He was shy and afraid and had never experienced a human’s touch.  If approached, he would cower in the corner of his run and growl out of fear, but the shelter staff saw something in Jay and knew they had to give him a chance.


During a vet examination, it was discovered that Jay was suffering from chronic supprative granulamatous otits, in which both of his middle ears had become calcified.  No wonder he didn’t want to interact with anyone--he was in a lot of pain and needed medical attention!


Tails of Hope had previously visited the Essex County shelter, where Jay was a resident, to drop off food and supplies.  Remembering that visit, one of the shelter staff members reached out to us to see if we might be able to help with the cost of the surgery.  We agreed to cover 50% of the cost of the almost $1500 surgery. 


Jay was transported to a vet in Richmond, VA, where he had a lateral ear canal resection on both ears.  Under the loving care of the shelter staff, Jay made a full recovery.  We recently learned that he was adopted by a wonderful family, where he’ll get to live out the rest of his life on a 10-acre horse farm, with two doggie siblings!

To help defray Jay's $730 donation cost, please click here:

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