Every day, the Humane Society of the Nature Coast (HSNC) receives 20 to 30 phone calls from people who want to surrender their pet and every day we make it our mission to find these frightened dogs and cats a new home where they will find the only thing that ever really matters to anyone… a home where someone loves them. We’re pretty good at it. The average time between intake and adoption for dogs at the HSNC is 14 days. But sometimes pup comes through our doors that’s a little… well.. different. Maybe they don’t have the standard number of legs. A little pup named Violet is like that. We all know it takes a special provider to adopt a pet with special needs. The question is: Could you be her miracle?

Violet is a medium-sized, mixed breed pup aged precisely six years three months and 19 days as of Dec. 28. She’s up to date on her age-appropriate vaccinations. She has been spayed and has received a microchip. She’s a pretty girl. She’s smart, potty trained, gets along with other dogs… and cats… and she absolutely loves to jump around. You’d hardly notice she only has three legs!

She’s also been here since November 24. That’s over double the amount of time it normally takes for a dog to find a new home.

“Three legged dogs normally go like that,” HSNC Director of Development Susanna Arneson said snapping her fingers. “I don’t understand why she’s still here.” In fact, the HSNC has found home for around ten tri-pod fur babies in the past year… and all were in record time.

As you may have already guessed, Violet’s life hasn’t been easy. In fact, the effort just to stay alive has been a horrific challenge for her. She was found on the side of the road in Pasco County. She had been hit by a car. Someone found her and took her to Pasco Animal Services where the staff immediately rushed her to an emergency veterinary center where it was determined her leg had to be amputated. Being overwhelmed with pets themselves, Pasco reached out to the HSNC for help. The next day, Susanna made the drive to get her and bring her into the care of one of our loving fur foster parents.

“It was so sad,” recalled Arneson, who has seen more than her share of heartbreaking emergency cases since taking charge of the shelter.

It’s uncertain how long Violet had been on her own before she was found on the side of the road. She was emaciated and covered with fleas.

“She was in a lot of pain,” Arneson said, “and we wound up having to take her to Three Oaks Veterinary Service for additional pain medication.” Recuperation took a couple of weeks. But Violet is a determined trooper.

“She bonds very quickly,” Arneson shared. In fact, Violet is so desperate to be loved she becomes very protective of anyone who gives her affection. So, whoever adopts Violet must understand she needs to be a real member of the family.

She needs to be with someone who wants to spend time with her. She needs someone who will socialize her, someone who will take her out into the world and take her to places where she can meet other people and other dogs and learn that this interaction can be fun.

Imagine having come through Violet’s past. Aside from of getting hit by a car and having your leg amputated, imagine the feeling of being so alone, of feeling so unloved. Then someone holds you… a hero.

Yes, it takes a special provider to adopt a pet with special needs. Could you be Violet’s hero?

Could you be her miracle?

To find out more about Violet and to schedule an appointment to meet this lovable little girl, call 352-796-2711.


Guess who found her forever home on NEW YEAR’S EVE!!!