Kiva disabled dog
Kiva, a dog with a mysterious illness, is now at the Lake County Animal Shelter and needs a loving foster home.

TAVARES – Do you have a warm, comfortable spot in your home – that a very sweet dog would enjoy relaxing on?
If so, contact the Lake County Animal Shelter. They’re looking for a foster home for a dog named Kiva.
The dog is suffering from an ailment that the veterinary team can’t figure out, but as they continue to look for a cause to why this dog is not able to stand up or walk, they’re hoping a family can give Kiva a happy place to stay in the meantime.
The Animal Shelter is promising that taking in Kiva will be a rewarding experience because of the dog’s pleasant disposition, despite her condition.
“Just by looking at Kiva’s innocent smile and wagging tail, you would never guess that this little girl is battling a mystery illness,” the Animal Shelter noted in a new release.
“Kiva, also known as Jasmine, is unable to stand or walk, and a team of vets have yet to determine why,” the release noted. “But her ailment isn’t keeping her spirits down. This sweet border collie/lab mix loves affection (and cookies) and has a positive attitude in light of her current disability.”
The Animal Shelter is looking for a foster home that Kiva will be comfortable in.
“Our special Kiva quickly needs to go to rescue or find a quiet loving foster home with a soft bed where she can rest and recover while we continue to pursue a diagnosis and treatment options,” the shelter noted, adding “Please help us ‘save them all’ one dog a time by opening your heart and home to Kiva.”
To learn more about taking in the specially-abled Kiva, or inquiring about other pets, contact the Lake County Animal Shelter at 352-343-9688.
The Lake County Animal Shelter put out the release on Wednesday, which was National Specially-Abled Pets Day. Originally called National Disabled Pets Day, it was founded in 2006 and is observed every May 3rd as a day to celebrate these special pets, to help find homes for “specially-abled” pets, and to help educate the public about pets that have special needs.
To find out more about the Lake County Animal Shelter, to adopt or volunteer, visit Lake County Government or stop by the shelter at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares.

Michael Freeman is an Orlando journalist, playwright and author of the book “Koby’s New Home”. Contact him at

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