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Featured Adoptable Dog: Buddy

Searching for a Heart of Gold

Buddy, who became homeless when his owner became ill, is ready for an adopter who will give him a lifetime of love

Buddy, a 10-year-old Shih Tzu mix, had a warm and happy home until several months ago, when his owner became ill and could no longer care for him.

Such a loss is hard on a dog of any age, but for a senior pet like Buddy, it can be especially devastating. Older dogs are more set in their ways, and Buddy is understandably missing his owner and wary of his new surroundings.

To help Buddy overcome his nervousness, he has been working every day with Kim, one of our behavioral specialists, and he is making a lot of progress.

Kim reports: “Although he exhibits some signs of anxiety with new people, Buddy is really a great dog. Once he gets to know you, he’s so happy to see you – it just takes some time and trust before that connection is made.”

Sylvia Ottaka, our Senior Director of Operations, has developed a close bond with Buddy, since he spends most of his time in our shelter offices. She calls him “one of her favorite dogs ever—he’s so affectionate! As soon as he knew he could trust me, he felt totally comfortable, and now he loves to jump in my lap and snuggle.”

Buddy, who is about 20 pounds, deserves to live his Golden Years in a home with someone who has a heart of gold. But it will take a patient and caring dog lover to become Buddy’s lifetime foster parent, as he does suffer from heart disease and requires daily medication.

Although we cannot predict how many years Buddy has left, we do know one thing for certain: North Shore Animal League America is determined to give this senior pet a happy retirement. Thus, we are seeking a lifetime foster parent for Buddy, and we will provide that person or family with all of Buddy’s food, supplies and veterinary treatment at our Medical Center at absolutely no cost.

We recommend that Buddy live in a household without young children who might play roughly with him or handle him in ways that might make him uncomfortable.

Are you the big-hearted animal lover who wants to take care of this sweet senior dog? To arrange a meeting with Buddy, please contact Alex Bab, our foster care coordinator, at, (516) 883-7900, ext. 352.