Many volunteers find themselves developing an attachment to a wonderful but unfortunately homeless animal that is brought into the clinic, and they eventually find a way to bring their furry friend home with them. This was the case with Patrick, one of our volunteers from UPenn. He came to the clinic for his two weeks of volunteering and ended up falling in love with a homeless dog who had been brought to our clinic by local children that were worried about her well being. This special dog’s name was Zuca.
After his two weeks at the clinic were up, all he could think about was Zuca, and how he was going to bring her home. It took several months to get all of the paperwork and red tape sorted out to be able to bring a dog from the Galapagos Islands into the United States, but eventually Zuca was given the ok to travel. She boarded an airplane (which can be a scary experience for any animal) to the United States, where she was reunited with her loving human friend Patrick. Since then, she has adjusted very well to her new home, even becoming a therapy dog! She lives with Patrick and her “big sister” Cinder, and frequently visits the UPenn Veterinary School where she is given lots of love and belly rubs.
For more on Zuca’s story click here!!!