World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
Old dog that beat the odds now needs a home

By Charlotte Ferrell Smith, Daily Mail

1386 days ago   Article ID# 1448181
Original URL


Kanawha / Charleston Humane Association

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA (Daily Mail) - Gunner needs a permanent home with folks willing to rub his floppy ears and pamper him in his golden years.

After overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds, it doesn't seem too much to ask.

Gunner, who is about 10 years old, is a black and tan coonhound rescued from the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association. He is now living with his foster family, Chelsea and Mark Staley of Clendenin.

While the Staleys were volunteering at the animal shelter, Gunner stood out with his sweet disposition, droopy ears and hopeful eyes. Chelsea contacted the American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue on his behalf, and he was scheduled to move to a foster home in Philadelphia after he was neutered

The plan became more complicated when a veterinarian discovered a tumor on his spleen.

Since he appeared to be strong and healthy, Chelsea launched a campaign to get donations for his surgery and related medical bills. Contributions began arriving, and then tests determined the tumor could be cancerous.

"I kept an email list of everyone (who contributed), and I asked if anyone wanted a refund," Chelsea said. "Everyone who responded was supportive. There was an 80 percent chance of cancer. The people who were supportive gave us the courage to go forward."

Gunner was rescued Jan. 20, and his surgery was performed Jan. 26. He did well and the tumor turned out to be benign. "A lot of people were praying."

Medical bills now total $1,606.19, and 40 donors have contributed $1,171. Go to http://gunnerblackandtan.

chipin.com/gunners-vet-expenses for more information.

"I can't believe total strangers have opened their hearts and wallets to this 10-year-old dog," said Chelsea, 27. "There is something endearing about a senior dog story."

She and Mark, 27, have fallen for Gunner. However, Chelsea added, "We are up to our ears in dogs."

Aside from fostering Gunner, they have four dogs of their own that have been rescued over the years.

They maintain busy schedules with caring for the animals and working full-time jobs.

She is director of sales and marketing at Golden Living Center in Glasgow, and he works for American Electric Power.

They also foster other dogs from time to time and help place them.

They don't feel they can take Gunner full-time but will be very particular about who gets him.

"We need to get him adopted," Chelsea said. "Gunner is inquisitive. He loves his ears rubbed. He's good with male and female dogs. He hears well and has good eyesight. He's healthy. Gunner's story is truly miraculous. This is a guy who beat the odds."

She believes Gunner's story delivers a message of hope for homeless animals, even geriatric ones.

Requirements for Gunner's adoption include: indoor home, fenced yard, vet references and a home visit.

For more information, email chel...@adoptagsp.org or call 304-549-5535.

Copyright 2015 Daily Mail   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 1386 days ago   Article ID# 1448181

Kanawha / Charleston Humane Association    Visit Website

More News

Stray dogs removed from Sissonville home, Humane Association has custody

626 days ago From WVNS-TV 

GHENT, WEST VIRGINIA - The Kanawha County Humane Association seized the stray dogs from the property. Seven dogs and one puppy in total were left at the home. Flag as irrelevant 19 dogs and a unknown number of cats in Brookfield house ...

More than 20 Animals Rescued from 'Hoarding' Situation in Charleston

718 days ago From WSAZ 

CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA - FILE - This undated file image provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a wolverine. An organization of wildlife officials for Western states is asking ...

Humane Association Trying to Save Animals from Deadly Virus

1074 days ago From WSAZ-TV 

HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA - KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSA) -- A group of veterinarians is evaluating dozens of animals exposed to a deadly virus. The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association had an emergency meeting Thursday morning at the animal shelter. Wednesday, the ...

Animal shelter not ending partnership with rescue group

1221 days ago From Daily Mail 

CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA - CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- No, the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association is not ending its animal rescue partnership with Dog Bless. Yes, the humane association will continue working with dog rescues. Yes, the humane association's board of directors .. ...

Pet Rescue Advocacy Organization Needs More Foster Homes

1270 days ago From WOWK 

CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA - The Kanawha Charleston Humane Association is usually pretty busy, but this week has been a little more crazy than usual. "we have seen an influx in the last week. We've had a lot of dogs brought in. On Monday, we had 30 some dogs brought in, ...

Go to page:   1    2  Next >> 

<< Return To Animal News

Action Center

Climate change endangers Antarctica's iconic species

Action: Climate Change

Antarctica is best described in superlatives: It is the coldest, windiest, driest and highest continent on Earth - along with ...

Save the Kentucky arrow darter

Action: Wildlife Conservation

In the mountains of eastern Kentucky, an unexpectedly beautiful fish needs you to speak up for its protection.


Destruction of Brazil's Amazon forest jumps 16 percent in 2015

Action: Stop Deforestation

The destruction of Brazil's Amazon forest, the world's largest intact rainforest, increased by 16 percent in 2015 from a year ...

Beijing residents told to stay inside as smog levels soar

Action: Stop Pollution

Beijing’s residents have been advised to stay indoors after air pollution in the Chinese capital reached hazardous levels.

Preservatives from cosmetics build up in the bodies of far-flung marine mammals

Action: Save Our Oceans

Compounds from our makeup and bathrooms are winding up in the bodies of dolphins, sea otters, and polar bears – sometimes tho ...

View All Actions >>





Follow Us


Find A Charity

Action Center




Twitter Support



Add A Site




Privacy Policy






Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.