During Thanksgiving weekend last month, the Arizona Humane Society in Phoenix decided to waive their adoption fees as a Black Friday promotion to encourage more people to adopt. They had an amazing turnout, which brought their total adoptions for the year up to 313.
Almost every single animal in the shelter was adopted; all but one. Five-year-old Bryan, a partially blind German Shepherd, remained in his lonely kennel without a forever home.
Bryan didn’t have an easy life. He was brought to the shelter after being left to starve in a backyard. Although he is much healthier now, shelter staff knew that him being partially blind would make it harder for him to find a home. They were heartbroken to see him in the shelter all alone with no home for the holidays.
But soon after, things changed for the better. A woman named Patti Mooers, and her husband, saw Bryan featured on Good Morning Arizona, and fell in love with him at first sight. They previously owned a German Shepherd who also had a disability and walked with a wheelchair after his hind legs became paralyzed. Since they love German Shepherds and know how to care for dogs with disabilities, they were the perfect fit!
Bryan is now enjoying his new home and is adjusting wonderfully. “He’s smelling everything,” Patti told KPHO. “He bumps into a few things but he seems real content.”
The Mooers hope Bryan’s story will encourage others to adopt dogs with disabilities. Bryan may be partially blind, but he’s just as friendly and playful as any other dog!