LANCASTER COUNTY -- Karma, who has become the poster canine for the Lancaster County Humane Society, is ready for a home to call his own.
Karma was brought to the Lancaster County Animal Control Center just over two months ago. He had a hunting collar embedded an inch into the flesh around his neck and Humane Society members claim he was being neglected by his previous owners. Because of the extent of his injuries, animal control officers planned to have Karma euthanized.
However, Humane Society members saw past Karma's extensive injuries and did everything they could to rescue him. Karma underwent surgery to remove the embedded collar and spent nine weeks recovering and getting treatment for other injuries.
Despite Karma's obvious discomfort, he has always been a kind and gentle dog, said Humane Society member Mary Reimers. Reimers has served as Karma's foster mother until a permanent home can be found.
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"He has a scar but no permanent issues," Reimers said. "He has no emotional scars. He has been kind and gentle and sweet towards people continuously."
Reimers said Karma would thrive with a family that gives him plenty of attention. He likes to be around people, she said, and wouldn't be happy in a pen or outdoors all day.
The Humane Society of Lancaster County does not have a shelter and relies on foster families like Reimers' to house animals until they are adopted. While Karma is one of the Humane Society's most visible pets ready for adoption, there are many more in need, Reimers said. Right now, there are 17 puppies and dogs and 17 cats in foster homes around Lancaster County.
The animals need permanent homes, Reimers said, but the Humane Society also needs more foster families to help care for dogs and cats until permanent homes are found.
"We're crying for foster homes," Reimers said. "We need foster homes badly."
The Humane Society will hold an informational meeting about becoming a foster parent at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 21, at 126 S. Main Street in Lancaster.
The organization was formed in Dec. 2007. Since its creation, the group has been holding frequent fundraisers and hopes to eventually raise enough money to build a permanent shelter.
For more information about adopting Karma, becoming a foster parent, or the Humane Society, call the Humane Society hotline at( 803) 285-5900 or go to www.savelancasterpets.org.