It’s been a long, tough road for Frosty, but he has finally found a loving home. Frosty, a German shepherd, was found Jan. 1 with what appeared to be burns on his face, ears and body.
It’s been a long, tough road for Frosty, but he has finally found a loving home.
Frosty, a German shepherd, was found on a road Jan. 1 with what appeared to be burns on his face, ears and body. He spent the last two months recovering from his wounds at the Hornell Area Animal Shelter.
“He’s doing wonderfully,” said Wendy Dresser-Recktenwald, chief executive officer of the Hornell Humane Society. “He has continued to heal. We felt comfortable that it was time to place him into a home with a family.”
Volunteers and staff gathered at the shelter for an emotional goodbye Sunday when Frosty went to be with his new family, Joseph and Melissa McKay of Dansville.
“It was not sad,” said Dresser-Recktenwald. “It was happy, but emotional because we all put so much work into him. From the volunteers that would come and would walk him to the staff that would take care of him every day to the board members that made sure we had enough money for his care. It’s not just Frosty, they put their hearts and souls into every animal."
Dresser-Recktenwald described the McKays as the perfect adoption applicants. Joseph McKay is a chiropractor and Melissa McKay is a nursing student. She said the McKays would understand his care because of their medical backgrounds.
“I think it is definitely a good match,” said Dresser-Recktenwald. “He progressed really well in the shelter. His wounds were close to being healed.”
Dresser-Recktenwald said the McKays have been in touch with her, including sending her pictures of Frosty, since they brought the dog home.
“He is doing great,” said Melissa McKay. “He loves his new home.”
McKay said that the dog was a bit hesitant about the stairs at first, but he is now comfortable walking up and down them and sleeps in the couple’s bedroom on his bed at night.
McKay said that Frosty is an inside dog, but that he gets plenty of exercise on daily walks.
“We want to keep him inside to bond,” said McKay. “We play with him. We are trying to get him acclimated to our house right now.”
McKay agreed that picking Frosty up from the animal shelter was an emotional experience.
“They were all crying,” said McKay. “Joe and I are just happy he has finally found a good home. He is going to have a good life with us. He’s a sweetheart, I couldn’t have asked for better dog.”
Dresser-Recktenwald said working with Frosty has been a learning experience for members of the Hornell Area Humane Society. One thing coming from that learning experience is the “Frosty Fund.” The fund was established to pay for veterinary care of stray animals that need more medical support.
The Evening Tribune