TRINITY — A rescued dog, Chance the Boxer, barely survived his ordeal this spring but now he is exploring a new life as a therapy dog.
Chance was a big hit with students and staff of Longleaf Elementary School during a recent visit, officials with Pasco County Animal Services report.
Animal Services volunteer Christopher Blaine accompanied Chance for the outing.
“Chance was given a second chance at life through the Pasco County Animal Services Foster Program,” Blaine said in a press release. “Now the kids that he visits are given a chance to escape some hardships of life through his love. I hope that we can continue to spread Chance’s good spirit with other children in the county.”
In May, Chance arrived at PCAS after he was removed from his home in an animal hoarding case. He was malnourished, severely underweight and had medical complications. Animal Services personnel nursed him back to health.
Now 8 months old, Chance has become like any other energetic pup.
As a therapy dog, Chance is visiting schools around the county.
“The visit from PCAS was a great experience for our special needs students,” Adriana Galva, a Longleaf Elementary instructor for prekindergarten children with autism spectrum disorder, said.
“Most of our students have never been exposed to animals and this was a perfect opportunity to teach them how to be gentle and kind,” Galva said.
Pasco Animal Services started its animal foster program in February. In the eight months since, more than 150 dogs and cats have been placed in loving homes.
The foster program provides opportunities for animals to be placed in temporary homes while waiting to move into the adoption program. Fostering is also a way to try out an animal and see how it fits in with the family before deciding to adopt.
For more information about fostering or adopting an animal, go online to the Pasco County website or call (727) 834-3400.