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Joe came into ESRA's care because his family no longer had time for him. We found out that Joe had spent his entire life – nine long years -- alone in a run on a concrete slab. At the time of his rescue, Joe was heartworm positive and had low thyroid hormone levels that resulted in some thinning of his hair coat. He was also a whopping 64 pounds. Joe was immediately started on thyroid replacement hormone and a diet. We are happy to report he is already down to a normal weight for his size and his hair coat has regrown.
As a result of living so many years in solitary confinement, this boy developed separation anxiety after finally being allowed into the house and experiencing life with devoted human companionship. He is currently doing well on medication to lower his anxiety, but he does not want to be far from his human. Joe is thankful that ESRA has promised him he will NEVER have to live a solitary life again.
Joe, affectionately dubbed the "gentle giant" by his foster mom, would deeply love to be someone's companion. While he is great with other dogs, he really does not interact with them as much as he does with his human. Joe is generally good with cats, but he does spend a lot of time deeply focused on the resident cat, so he would be best in a home with no cats.
Joe delighted all of the visitors to the ESRA Booth at the Southeastern Wildlife Expo recently as he greeted EVERY visitor by going up to them and essentially saying to them. "Hi, I'm Joe, You want to pet me, right?” He is fantastic with other dogs, but would do equally well in a home as an only dog.
If you are interested in providing a loving home to a gentle 10 years young boy who craves human attention, Joe is waiting to meet YOU!
Please submit an Online Adoption Application. It is always the first step in our adoption process.