Adoptable Pets of the Week
Banjo the Dog
He may only have three legs but that's not going to stop him from trying. Banjo has so many wonderful qualities, but he just doesn't seem to believe in himself. He has a shy, quiet, "please-take-care-of-me" kind of personality. And in fact, he does rely on the comfort of other dogs to help him feel safe and secure. Thank goodness being a "tri-paw" doesn't seem to bother him.
When he arrived at Best Friends, he was malnourished, sick and starving for attention. His situation was desperate. Caregivers thought he seemed quite depressed. But with loving care, medical treatment and a healthy diet, he is starting to come out of his shell. What he really needs is a patient person to love him unconditionally. Right now, caregivers are hand-feeding him, to help him gain trust. The perfect forever family would continue these kinds of activities, to further coax him out.
And the rewards are touching. He's started doing "fly-bys" with his caregivers, sneaking a little kiss on their hands, just to say `thank you.' And he'll walk so politely next to you on walks.
With just a little bit of love and time, Banjo could be one of the most rewarding pets you've everhad. He's just hoping someone out there invites him home.
BANJO THE CAT
Listen to Banjo purr for a little while and you'll start to understand his name. It doesn't take long for him to start a song. He loves attention and being petted and he lets you know it. He seeks love from anywhere it might be found - new faces, old friends, other felines or even palling around with the pooches. Banjo is brimming with love for everyone!
Banjo lived with a rescue group in Texas. But adoptions had slowed down, intake was up and resources were stretched. And poor Banjo's odds of being adopted there were slim because he has feline immunodeficiency virus, FIV.
You certainly wouldn't guess that by looking at him, or listening to him. He has no visible signs of the condition, plus FIV+ cats can live long healthy lives (for more information see this article "FIV: Catching a Bad Case of Rumors" by Best Friends Animal Society adoption manager Kristi Littrell).
And Banjo is still quite young, born in 2009. So if you like lap cats, Banjo will gladly take that spot for years to come.