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The senior pup was given up to an animal shelter after nearly 13 years

By Amy Jamieson
Updated January 28, 2016 10:19 PM
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Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We’d like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Joe, a senior Parson Russell terrier whose world was turned upside-down several months ago.

In April, Joe, who has visual and auditory impairments, was surrendered by his family to a New York City animal shelter after almost 13 years with them.

“He was very sick when he first came to me,” says Jessica Specter, founder and president of the Big Hair Animal Rescue, Inc., based in Southbridge, Massachusetts, “and by the time he got better he seemed so happy to regain his health there was really no period of time where he sulked or felt sorry for himself.”

Despite having every reason to be sad, Joe, who is now recovered from a double ear infection and severe kennel cough, is quite jolly.

“Honestly all of my new fosters bond with him the most, and the fastest,” she adds. “I have dogs come in and out of my house all the time, and Joe sees every new dog as a new friend. He is full of energy despite his age – a true terrier.”

Joe is always smiling, loves running around the fenced in yard, enjoys long naps and doling out kisses. He is friendly with large dogs and has lived with children all of his life. This older gent also has an adorable physical quirk that sets him apart from the rest: He has a permanent head tilt likely due to a severe seizure.

If you think Joe is the pup for you, contact the Big Hair Animal Rescue, Inc., at 617-981-5680. Or if you want to help Joe find a permanent place to call home, share his photo album on Facebook.

Click here to meet last week’s adoptable pet, Carmelite.

Adopting a pet is an amazing experience – and a big decision! Before bringing a pet into your home, it’s important to consider your family circumstances and do your research.