SCHODACK, NY (NEWS10) – An elderly German Shepherd has found the perfect home after police found him abandoned in Schodack.
Loyal, gentle and over 13 years old, there is no doubt that Zeus is a good companion. However, on January 6, Schodack police officers found Zeus wandering alone near Miller Road. Officers called Schodack’s dog control officer, Maggie Banker, for assistance.
After several days, it was clear that no one was going to claim the former German Shepherd. So, like many other abandoned animals, Banker took him in. She said she feared Zeus would spend his last days stuck in a shelter or worse.
After posting photos of Zeus online, Banker received a surprising offer from a man in Hoosick Falls. He offered to give Zeus a forever home. Banker said the man had just lost his beloved dog on Christmas Eve, so the match was supposed to go ahead.
“He’s an older man, still at home. And he said he would like to adopt Zeus; he’s looking for another best friend,” Banker said. “I explained to him that there is no long-term life expectancy with this dog. He said he didn’t care, and that dogs like this have nowhere to go. go.
On Thursday, Zeus met his new best friend, and Banker said he was already settling into his new home and enjoying a warm dog bed in Hoosick Falls.
Banker added that Animal Control is taking in more abandoned dogs than normal right now, and the funds to care for them often come from its own pockets. She refuses to have the dogs in her care put to sleep in a shelter, but sometimes that means caring for six dogs at a time. If you want to help animals like Zeus, Banker said you can call Chatham Small Animal Hospital and donate to the Pay it Forward account.