Jonah, a Shih Tzu/Bichon mix, came to Red Lake Rosie's Rescue as a surrender in early April. A nice lady named Patsy rescued him and brought him to us. He was a very matted and dirty little boy!
Jonah was so matted it was hard to look at him. Mats don't just look bad, they negatively affect an animal's health and happiness. As mats get tighter and tighter, they continually and painfully pull at the skin underneath eventually causing sores and infection. They also harbor parasites and in the back become soiled with urine and feces.
We tucked him in for the night with food and water and straw in his kennel. We were so happy to find a place for him at TriCounty Humane Society in St. Cloud and that he could be transported the very next day. We hoped this poor boy would get a shave and a bath first thing.
Early the next morning as we prepared for the transport, Jenny and I went to Jonah’s kennel to get him loaded in a crate. To our dismay, Jonah darted out the door! It was still dark and almost impossible to see him. We were so discouraged to think we may have lost Jonah and in his miserable condition!
Finally, after an hour using headlights and flashlights, Jenny was able to run after Jonah and catch him.
We were rejoicing again when we found out that when Jonah arrived at Tricounty later that day, there was a groomer waiting for him and he was treated with a shave and a bath immediately!
We received this update from Tricounty:
"Jonah looks amazing and is super sweet! He was neutered today and already has a deposit for adoption, so hopefully will start his new life tomorrow!"
Thank you to everyone who played a part in the rescue and relief of little Jonah who is now up for adoption. It is also a message to guardians of the long-haired and curly-haired dogs on the importance of regular grooming and bathing. Do not let your animal friends end up sick and miserable due to lack of grooming.
There will be grooming available at the upcoming clinic May 4, 5, and 6th in Redby. We are asking for a $10 donation per animal for grooming and wellness checkups.