Photo: Blind Dog Named Stevie Wonder Reunited with Family Days Before Plans to Euthanize
With just a few days before an animal shelter was going to euthanize him, a lost, blind dog named Stevie Oedipus Wonder, with help from a new friend, was able to find his way back to his family.
It is believed Stevie, a one-year-old cairn terrier mix was born without eyes, leading him to keep them permanently closed.
A San Antonio animal shelter took Stevie in after finding him after he ran off from owner Belinda Gutierrez in San Antonio, TX. They tried to contact Stevie’s family, but the tags he was wearing no longer had accurate information. He was likely unable to find his own way back to them after wandering to far from his home after getting out.
After failing to find his family, the shelter had scheduled Stevie to be euthanized. San Antonio Animal Care Services have a policy of euthanization after five days, and Stevie’s time was up.
However, after high school teacher Brooke Orr saw him while working with her school’s Voice for Animals club, she stepped in and began the speedy search for Stevie’s family.
Orr took to Craigslist to see if she could find a “lost dog” notice on the site. Ms. Gutierrez’s daughter had indeed posted in the site’s ‘Lost and Found’ section, and seeing the title of ‘blind dog’, Orr knew she had found his owners.
Orr contacted the Gutierrez family and within hours, she was at the shelter.
Worried he may not respond to her voice or scent, Gutierrez says she began calling his name anyway.
Without skipping a beat, Stevie began barking, and shelter workers were able to send Stevie home with his family in time for a merry Christmas.