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New England Border Collie Rescue - Helping Border Collies in Need

Gemma ~ Adoption Pending

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This dog is available through our Seniors for Seniors program

Gemma was pulled from a high-kill shelter in Massachusetts. She'd originally been dumped at age 10--in skeletal condition and with untreated skin and ear infections--by the people who had had her since she was seven weeks old. She was adopted from the shelter by a kind soul who put weight back on her and tried to deal with her health issues. Sadly, after about four months, he lost his job and was forced to surrender her back to the same shelter.

NEBCR stepped in at this point, and the volunteer who did her evaluation was stunned at what a sweet and lovely dog she was and promptly brought her home. Gemma's ear and skin conditions cleared up and all seemed well until the supposedly-spayed Gemma went into season(!). The poor gal had a complicated spay (incredibly cystic ovaries, leading the vet to state she must have been in horrible pain for years) and was determined to have breast cancer. The good news is that given her age (10 or 11) and the type of cancer she has, it shouldn't really affect her expected lifespan.

Gemma is a great favorite with the 2 volunteers who are sharing fostering duties. She's a smart, friendly, sassy, happy little gal who wants nothing more than to be with her person and shadow them throughout the day. She's good for a cuddle on the couch, excellent with other dogs (as she's a little hard-of-hearing she can be a bit oblivious to subtler signals from other dogs, though, so interactions need to be monitored) and will be your constant companion. She has had some indications of separation anxiety, so a home that is sensitive to that and willing to take some precautions, especially at first, is a must. Gemma's initial reaction to being crated was not good, although since then she has spent time crated while traveling with one of her foster moms.

A home where someone is around most of the time would be ideal, and another low key dog would be nice, too. Gemma has not had much experience around kids and cats while in rescue, but the few interactions she has had have been ok.

This dear little soul has had a rough life and deserves to spend her golden years warm, safe, and loved. Do *you* have space in your heart and on your couch for Gemma?

Gemma is being co-fostered in CT and VT.

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