It’s with a heavy heart that I write this post.
An elderly veteran in hospice care near San Diego, California wants to ensure his beloved dog Gizmo has a new home. The gentleman has about a month to live and make arrangements for Gizmo, his only remaining family.
I was contacted by the veteran’s hospice social worker to help find that special individual or family who will honor this hero’s wishes and give Gizmo a wonderful life. Gizmo is a seven year-old male Shih Tzu with an incredibly sweet and gentle temperament. While he now lives harmoniously with a cat, it’s unknown if he likes all cats. He’s not fond of large dogs and has no known history with children.
For these reasons, Gizmo will probably do best as an only pet in a family with no small children, or possibly as a second pet in a small-dog family. He’s neutered, healthy and up-to-date on his vaccinations.
The veteran and Gizmo will remain together until this hero’s passing, but the gentleman would like to meet potential adopters during his remaining time. All viable, potential adopters should contact Beth Zimmerman immediately: info at petsforpatriots dot org.
P.S. Pictures as soon as we get them…
UPDATE JUNE 13:
We’ve requested pictures and more information about Gizmo, as well as the veteran – including his name and address for people who’d like to send their good wishes. Believe me folks, we’re doing everything we can to get as much information as possible as quickly as we can, so that this hero can have peace of mind that his beloved Gizmo is going to a good family. In the meantime, we’re speaking with potential adopters and sharing information with the veteran’s hospice care team… stay tuned!
UPDATE JUNE 14:
The veteran’s hospice care team will ask for permission to have cards and letters sent to him. If we get the green light, prepare for a major “We love you” card writing campaign! In the meantime, here are a couple of pictures of little Gizmo!
UPDATE JUNE 21:
The situation is even more urgent now that a potential adopter turns out not to be a match for Gizmo. For complete details, including new contact information for potential adopters and a more detailed profile of Gizmo, please see our post on Military.com… and share this story until Gizmo finds a home!
Gizmo lounging in style…
Gizmo protecting his fuzzy toy bone