TRACY -- Larry the puppy had a bad start on life. Found in a Tracy ditch last month, he had been abused, his right eye poked out, and was left in the dirt to die.
But the Labrador pup is resilient, and after being treated for his injuries, is now looking for a new home.
"Our foundation was contacted after an anonymous good Samaritan found the puppy and took him to the local animal shelter," said Larry Hite, founder of the Noah's Ark Foundation.
"Seeing his injury, shelter staff took him to the local vet and that's when we got the call. When I saw him I knew I couldn't walk away. I felt so sorry for the little guy that I ended up paying most of his vet bills out of my own pocket," Hite said. "His right eye could not be saved."
The pup was nicknamed Larry after Larry Hite, both of whom are blind in their right eye.
Noah's Ark, a non-profit, was formed by Hite, a Tracy resident, in January. The goal of the foundation is to rescue sick or injured animals and be able to cover their medical costs. The average surgical cost for a dog could run $600 to $800, and in one case it was upwards of $1,000," Hite said.
The foundation has helped both dogs and cats in multiple cities including Dublin, Brentwood, Tracy and Stockton. It has also been featured on the morning news show "Good Day Sacramento."
After surgery, the pup was placed in the care of Sharon Silbert, a member of Noah's Ark.
"Larry is just a love," she
This past week, Larry traveled to Dublin where he will remain in foster care with Tri-Valley Animal Rescue until a home can be found for him. Larry is current on his shots and has also been micro-chipped.
"He has so much energy and loves to play," said Chris Stein who is now fostering the injured puppy. "When you watch him play you realize that he doesn't even know he had this injury. And, on top of that, he is highly intelligent."
Stein plans to bring Larry, recently re-named Raider, to their pet adoption fair which is held Saturdays in downtown Pleasanton at the Farmer's Market. For information on adopting him, call Stein at 925-461-4347.
Reach correspondent Anne Marie Fuller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Noah's Ark Foundation, or to donate, call 209-740-7211 or visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Noahs-Ark-Foundation-of-Tracy-California/261523697233077