Age: 2 years old
Breed: Australian Shepherd mix
Hey friends let me introduce you to Ozzie! This 2 year old Aussie mix boy came to CHAR with hip dysplasia in BOTH hips. He was in a LOT of pain and had such difficulty moving around that the shelter initially thought he was much older.
Fast forward almost 6 months and we have Ozzie 2.0!! He has had FHO surgery on both hips and is making strides each and every day. He will never be a champion dock diver or agility star but he gets a gold medal in couch snuggling and people pleasing! This handsome boy is crate trained, housebroken, walks great on a leash, is learning basic commands, and is relatively low energy! Ozzie gets along well with his foster sister and has done well with most other dogs he has met. He really wants to play (loves to chase and play “bitey” face) and would do great with a smaller or very respectful sibling that won’t jump on him. He does seem to be a typical herder in that he has a fairly high prey drive. If it moves he will chase it. So only canine savvy cats please.
Because this kid was in pain for much of his puppyhood his development was a little delayed. At 2 he is still a bit mouthy and sometimes doesn’t realize how hard he nibbles. Ozzie adores everyone he has ever met and charms his way into your heart and your bed (trust me on that!). If you are looking for a constant companion that will love you unconditionally and make sure you NEVER leave the room unaccompanied-Ozzie is the guy for you. Ozzie will need a family that understands his limitations but is invested in taking him for walks and making sure that he gets the physical exercise he needs to continue to heal.
ADDENDUM: His family will need to allow his foster parents visitation and agree to provide ongoing updates on his progress for the remainder of his life!
Ozzie is UTD on vaccines, neutered, and microchipped. He is currently fostered in Charlotte, NC and his adoption fee is $300.
If you are an approved applicant and are interested in Ozzie please contact the adoption committee. If you are interested but have not yet applied, please visit our website for adoption procedures and application.