Samantha (Special Needs)
Age: 5-6 years
Adoption Fee: Donation (includes spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations)
Samantha was picked up by Hayward animal control. What kind of monster would dump a special needs dog on the streets is beyond belief. She was wobbly and somewhat disoriented. She started out pretty sociable, but she became less so time went on. She was scheduled for euthanasia. Nobody's Perfekt Dogs pulled her hoping we could find a family to give her a good home as long as her quality of life warranted it.
It was hoped that maybe an ear infection caused her wobbliness (vertigo). She was treated with antibiotics and steroids, but no improvement with her movement. She was examined by a veterinary neurologist who thinks she has either cerebellar ataxia or cerebellar hypoplasia. Ataxia is degenerative, and eventually fatal, while hypoplasia is something she has probably had since being a puppy and will live a normal life span. Because we don't know her history or how long she has been this way, it was difficult to tell what her prognosis would be. We are pleased that she has been with us for over 6 months with no deterioration and maybe some improvement, which is a strong indicator that she doesn't have the fatal version.
Otherwise she is healthy, seeks affection from her foster family, and enjoys the company of the other dogs. She has mastered stairs, for now, but doesn't walk on a leash (but would enjoy a ride in a stroller, while walking other dogs). When taken outside, she pees and poops, and she uses a doggy door. But she also is known to have the occasional accident in the house.
We hope to find her a home with other friendly dogs, and humans that are patient and caring. She would probably be fine with cats.
For more information about Samantha you can contact Nobody's Perfekt Dogs directly at
510-459-0396 (cell / text)
Samantha at the Adoption Center