Karma arrived at the Frederick County Division of Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center on June 22. She was surrendered by her owners who could no longer care for her.

Karma, like many surrendered pets, was overwhelmed by the shelter environment. For about four days, she laid flat on the floor of her kennel visibly shaking and clearly frightened by the unfamiliar surroundings and caretakers. Adding to the challenge of earning her trust was the limited vision she arrived with as a result of glaucoma. Her left eye was enlarged and painful. Despite the compounded issues, we recognized the potential beneath them and chose to place her on a pathway of adoption.

The first step in transforming Karma from a scared, shaking dog was to remedy the glaucoma and make her comfortable. The only option was to perform surgery to remove her left eye completely — a procedure called enucleation. We know that pain affects the behavior of all animals, but we are never certain how they will respond to surgery, treatment, and any associated care. Karma was a perfect patient and healed remarkably well and remarkably fast; mainly because she left the surgery site alone with little need to restrict her access to it.

Many of us who work with animals often witness an animal that “gets it.” Those animals seem to understand we are doing things for their benefit and, in their own way, work with us to accomplish our goal. For Karma, removing her eye also removed the pressure and pain it had been causing her.

Karma is now healed from her surgery and available on our adoption floor. We have restrictions on her adoption for her benefit, but also for her adoptive family. Her lack of vision on the left side means she would do best in a home without small children. Even adult family members will have to learn not to sneak up on that side as she is still acclimating to having only one eye and can be startled easily.

Ongoing support helps us help them. We are grateful to have a compassionate community and supporters like our auxiliary group, the Frederick Friends of our County Animal Shelter (FFOCAS) that provide resources to help animals like Karma. Karma is a good dog and in the right environment, will be a great companion.

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