Opie was found behind a grocery store
in Shiga on December 12. Around the average size of a 3 or four month
old, he's actually 7 or 8 months old, but has likely suffered
from malnutrition all of his life. Opie's tail is paralyzed, probably
from being hit by a car, and his spinal cord has suffered enough trauma
to cause incontinence but not enough to limit his walking ablility. Opie is a sweet quiet boy. Though he requires several baths a
day, he's a very good sport and really loves drying out in front of the
heater afterward. It must have
been terrible for him to always be wet
when he was living on the streets, now that the weather has turned cold! Opie has seen a specialist, by
way of help from Animal Friends
Niigata, and he is staying there while they continue to find a way
to best help him acheive a normal lifestyle. JCN is helping to
look for a sponsor or two that can cover the expenses of Opie's care. Feel free to contact
us and we will pass the word along to the folks at Animal Friends.
*Back to Rescue
1/20/11 - Everyone here loves Opie, as he's such a character! We apply
pressure to empty his bladder several times a day, which helps him stay
comfortable and allows him to spend time moving freely about the office
area. He's quite comfortable with his warm bed and regular meals!
1/3/11 - Surgery on Opie's tail went well!