UPDATE June 2, 2016: BIG NEWS! Friday, June 3, is going to be a big day for our Genie. Her custom wheels are in and she is going to be ADOPTED! Genie’s new Mom is what we like to call a “Foster Failure”- after fostering Genie since the middle of May she has fallen and love and is making her an official part of the family! Genie’s wheel fitting and adoption will take place at 9:00am on Friday, June 3, at the shelter (3607 N. Armenia Avenue. Media is invited to attend. Media contact: 813-785-6922. On site media contact for June 3: Pam Backer

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UPDATE May 16, 2016: Great News! We’ve found a wonderful foster home for Genie while she waits for her new wheels to come in. We are very happy that she’ll be able to get out of the shelter and into a quieter environment where she’ll get even more focused attention. Her foster family will follow strict protocol concerning her medications and use of the temporary wheels. When her new ones come in, she’ll come back for her fitting then be ready to go home.


UPDATE May 15, 2016: Due to the wonderful media coverage and support form the community, We have received some very promising adoption applications for Genie. We will be choosing the best match for her early next week (May 16-20) and will post updates when she goes to her forever home.


UPDATE May 11, 2016: Genie got to try a temporary set of wheels today. We’ve ordered her a custom pair and they will be here in a couple of weeks. Until then, she’ll get to zoom around in these and enjoy life like a normal pup again! She took to them very well and enjoyed all the attention she got from friends and well-wishers.


UPDATE May 10, 2016: On Monday, May 9, Genie was taken to a board-certified veterinary surgeon for an evaluation and testing to determine the next step in her care. The in-depth evaluation confirmed our own conclusion that Genie has a herniated disc in her lumbar spine that is causing her paralysis. There is evidence that this injury is several weeks old. With injuries such as this, it is imperative to seek medical and/or surgical treatment within 24-48 hours. Since weeks have already passed and bone calcification has set in, the prognosis for a successful surgery to try and repair the herniated disk, and the prognosis for a full recovery with regained use of her legs are both extremely poor. Currently, she is very happy, not in pain, and has adapted to her paralysis. Because of this, it is the surgeon’s recommendation that we continue with her current plan of treatment and find her a home with someone who is willing to adopt a special needs dog.

Therefore, after carefully considering the recommendations of this specialist along with our own medical expertise and observation, we have decided not to proceed with surgery and put Genie through any more pain. We will continue with her medical management and have ordered a set of customized wheels to help her get around and lead a quality life. We firmly believe that there is a special family out there who will embrace Genie and give her the wonderful life she deserves. Until that family is found, she will remain safe in our care.

If you are interested in adopting Genie, please contact our Adoption Manager at 813-876-7138. We expect her to be ready to go to a loving home within 7 to 10 days from now.

UPDATE May 9, 2016:Today Genie will be seen by a specialist where she will receive a mylegram (similar to an MRI). We hope that will tell us what kind of spinal injury (if any) she has suffered. This evaluation, in addition to other tests over the coming week, will help us determine if and when she needs surgery. The very generous donations we have received on Genie’s behalf are being used to cover the cost of her specialized care including food, shelter, X-rays, medications, physical therapy, mylegram, and appointment with a specialist. Surgery, and any other treatments deemed necessary, will also be covered by these donations. Please stay tuned for updates on her progress and possible date for surgery. Many, many thanks for all the support and good will that has been shown to Genie.

Currently, we do not know the identity of Genie’s owners as she was left at our facility after hours. Should they come forward we will happily work with them to do whatever is best for Genie.

Genie update 5/7/16UPDATE May 7, 2016: After being on medication for nearly a week there has not been any noticeable improvement in Genie’s condition. She has an appointment with a specialist on Monday, May 9, and will receive a mylegram (similar to an MRI) that will give us more insight into a possible spinal injury. We will update everyone on the findings as well as the resulting course of treatment and thank you all for your continued support for Genie. She is a very brave girl.

13124485_10153581479951728_6851493326724552131_nWhen a staff member arrived at the shelter early yesterday morning he found a dog who had been left on our doorstep, in a crate, with nothing but a note that broke his heart.

“Please help my Genie. Genie (her name) is paralyzed from I believe her hips to her hind legs. I tried to manage her pain with medication from her vet but they only ease her pain and she needs surgery. I cannot afford so I ask that the Animal Health Center heal her and find her a loving forever home. Thank you.”

We will care for Genie. We will do our best to heal her body and mend her grieving heart. We will give her a second chance and find her a loving home. Will you help us?

Give today, in honor of Genie, and for the thousands of homeless, broken, and abandoned pets who will follow after her. #GiveDayTampaBay #GiveLocal