In May 2009, when the three-year-old Pug mix formerly known as Joe Jackson arrived at Animal Care and Control in New York City, the poor little guy was suffering from severe neglect. He had an excruciatingly tender, dangling paw, and veterinarians at the shelter determined that he’d been in pain for two to three weeks. Joe was transferred to the ASPCA, where his right leg was removed.
It wasn’t an easy road for Joe—but by all accounts, he made great strides during his weeks of recovery at the ASPCA. In early July, he was made available for adoption and feeling well enough to participate in Broadway Barks, our annual adopt-a-thon in Manhattan. But before the big event, on Friday, July 10, certified trainer Cheryl Loiacono of Albertson, NY, received an email from us about the pup and was instantly smitten.
“I just knew!” Cheryl says. So she immediately called our Adoption Center and arranged to visit the shelter the next morning, before Joe made his way to Times Square for the adopt-a-thon. The rest is history, as they say—the pup still went to the big event, but he was already spoken for.
Nearly a month later, the pooch has a new home, a new name—George!—and a new life with four fabulous ladies—one pet mom and three four-legged sisters.
“He’s terrific!” says Cheryl. “George has a great disposition and gets along well with my three other girls, all rescue dogs.”
Not to worry, though, this little Puggy hasn’t grown soft surrounded by all this maternal affection. “Sometimes the girls get a little annoyed because they’re older and want to relax, while George just wants to play,” Cheryl laughs. “But he’s doing great and making friends.”
“It’s nice to have a man around again,” she adds. “He's as sweet as can be and I adore him—I really do.”