Oklahoma City Animal Shelter officials hope some publicity will help a cross-eyed, partially blind, deaf, albino border collie mix reunite with its owner.
The gentle and otherwise apparently healthy dog was brought to the shelter Friday morning, only hours after its owner came searching for it Thursday afternoon.
The shelter provides cards for people looking for lost animals to provide their contact information in case the pet shows up later, but the owner didn't fill his out before he left Thursday, said Catherine English, the shelter's manager.
“He's a very sweet dog,” English said. “We're hoping the owner will come back to look for him.”
The dog would normally only have five days for the owner to return before it is euthanized or put up for adoption, but English said this dog is getting 10 days because of the special circumstances.
A number of people already have expressed interest in the dog, so it will eventually get out of the shelter and into a home even if the owner doesn't come back, English said. But the preferred option is to reunite the dog with its owner.
The dog was kept Monday in cage No. 457 at the shelter, along with another found dog.
It eagerly sought affection from people at the shelter who noticed it and managed to catch its attention, which sometimes proves difficult because of its disabilities.
The shelter, SE 29 and Bryant Avenue, is open for adoption and reclaiming pets from noon to 5:45 p.m. daily except holidays.
For more information, call 297-3100 or go to www.okc.gov/animalwelfare.