For a dog named Clefford, things have not been so easy. The sweet dog, who has a cleft palate, recently found himself living on the streets with his family after they became homeless. The family could not care for him and could not afford to get him treatment. So, they made the choice to surrender him to a local shelter so he could get the care he needs and could have a chance at a new life with a new family. While it was hard for them to let him go, they knew it was best. So, he arrived at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston and went up for adoption through MSPCA-Angell.
Because he has a clete palate, Clefford is unable to eat regular kibble and required special food to ensure he does not hurt himself. Volunteers said he was so sweet and kind while there, despite all he had gone through before arriving at the shelter. Best of all, Clefford met his new dad while at the shelter. Will Stoltenberg volunteers at the shelter and always found himself returning back to Clefford’s kennel to check on him, say hello, and give him a pat on the head. He and Clefford just formed a special bond and Will knew they were meant to be together so he brought him home. That is when it became apparant that Clefford was terrified of just about everything: cars, motorcycles, other dogs, vans, women—you name it, he was scared of it.
Will knew it would take time, so he worked with Clefford to help him get past his fears. Clefford also had four total surgeries to fix his palate so he could eat properly. While Clefford still looks “different” from other dogs, he is much healthier and less frightened now. He’s loving life and has such a different world now!