Every Wednesday we feature a different pet that needs a new forever home here in the Basin from Lonestar Sanctuary For Animals. Sometimes it's a dog, sometimes it's a cat. They haven't had any guinea pigs, hamsters, birds, or snakes---yet. But you never know!

Meet Valerie!

Valerie is a five-month-old Pit Bull puppy who has been spayed and is up to date on her vaccines!  How Valerie came to Lonestar is a sad story!  One of their staff saw what looked like a small collapsible crate blowing around the parking lot as she was returning from lunch.  When she got closer, she was shocked to find a small puppy was running around inside that crate!  Someone had just driven off and left her in the hot Texas sun with no water!  Once they had freed that puppy from her crate, we noticed that Valerie had many circular spots of missing hair covering her entire body!  The first thought was mites but later was diagnosed with Ring Worm!  Because Ring Worm is so contagious, Valerie had to spend several weeks in isolation.  Sadly this caused her to miss out on socializing with other dogs and people.

Now, the staff is working with her daily to teach basic commands and positive association with people and other dogs.  Valerie is very intelligent and learns new commands very quickly.  She is very food motivated and that has been very helpful in her training.  Valerie is a very sweet dog that loves to be pet and get attention from people.  She is very eager to please!  Valerie does not like the other dogs there at the shelter and they are recommending that she be an only pet.  They will continue to work with her on this issue but for now, it is what is best for her and any other dog a potential adopter might have.  Valerie should not go home to a family with children under 10 years of age and must go to a home with a fenced-in yard.  If you would like to meet this adorable pup, come see her during their visiting hours of 1-4:30 pm every day except Thursdays.

And if for some reason you're not looking for a pet right now--please click SHARE and post this to your social media so we can help Valerie find her forever home. Or perhaps you're looking for a different new furry friend. There are so many fur babies who would love to meet you so stop by and pay them a visit! There are plenty of dogs and cats to choose from who would love to be your next family member.

The Lonestar Sanctuary For Animals can always use supplies as well so if you can, stop by and drop off a donation to help the staff care for the shelter animals till they can find their forever homes. Needed right now:

Cleaning supplies

Puppy Pee Pads

Blankets

Unopened / New Dog and Cat Food

Cat Litter

Items can be dropped off at the office at 4200 Fairgrounds Road in Midland during business hours. Thank You!

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