A five-pound Yorkshire terrier will be spending Thanksgiving Day with two volunteer rescuers who will treat Eleanor as the treasured little dog she was always meant to be. Although Eleanor is not to be available for adoption for another week because of her microchip and the possibility of contacting her last owner, she will not be returned to the shelter. Instead she will stay with her foster family.
So what happened to Eleanor and what is her story?
On November 15, the purebred Yorkshire terrier was brought into Baldwin Park Animal Care Center in California as a stray. Estimated to be seven-years-old, no one can be sure of what happened to her, but years of neglect resulted in this little dog’s serious medical condition.
“The sight of the intake photos of this tiny helpless creature I call Eleanor is simply heart-wrenching,” Jul Dee wrote on her Facebook page hoping rescuers would notice and help. “Delivered as a stray to the Baldwin Park Shelter on November 15, poor Eleanor is terribly matted and had mucopurulent discharge (mucous/pus) from the eyes, which Google tells me is “a hallmark sign of bacterial conjunctivitis.” Shelter noted she is likely blind.”
Check out Eleanor’s video brief video:
On the eve of Thanksgiving, volunteers Sal Valdepena and Jaa Bailey were able to free Eleanor from the shelter on a foster care basis.
Check out Eleanor’s Facebook thread to find out how you can donate to help with her medical expenses.
In need: Sad old girl sits alone at animal control after ‘landlord issues’ force owner to let her go – more here.
Yesterday: Mystery donor to save rare lion from being hunted – more here.