January 27th , 2014 9:19 am Leave a comment

Blind bulldog Hammond on road trip to new home

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Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter Director April Jones will be driving 4-year-old American bulldog Hammond to Wildersville, Tenn., so he can meet his new owner. His new home will be in Boulder, Colo.

He isn’t Rin Tin Tin, the Littlest Hobo or Lassie, but Hammond will soon get a small taste of their adventurous lives.
Hammond, a 4-year-old American bulldog, is going on a road trip that will change his life.

Hammond arrived at the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter on Nov. 18. Two months later, Hammond is preparing to hit the road with Shelter Director April Jones to Wildersville, Tenn., where he will meet his new owner, Masyn Moyer, who will take him to his new home – a home in Boulder, Colo.

While he appeared to be just like any other dog at the shelter when he arrived, Hammond was battling a degenerative retinal disease. He had limited vision when he arrived at the shelter, but by December he had lost most of his sight.

A trip to the vet confirmed the degenerative retinal disease. Jones believes Hammond is now completely blind or, at most, only able to perceive dark shadows.

His special condition made finding Hammond a local home far more difficult. And because he is a bully breed, Jones said the shelter has additional restrictions in place. Before he could be adopted, Hammond had to be neutered, the new home had to have a fenced-in yard and a home check was required.

“Because he is blind, the fence would also be for his own safety,” Jones said.

She said the shelter had daily inquiries from local families about adopting Hammond, but only one was serious enough to follow through with the adoption procedures. However, the home check revealed the family did not have a fenced-in yard, and Hammond could not live with that family.

Then, like a virtual Lassie, Facebook came to the rescue.

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