A 6-year-old blind border collie called Jacko needed to leave the shelter he had been living at for more than a year in the UK immediately. His living condition was stressful, and it appeared that he was running out of time to locate a family.
When Jacko had almost given up hope, the ideal application showed up.
“Jacko struggled in kennels,” Cassie Mogford, Many Tears Animal Rescue volunteer, told The Dodo. “[Because he couldn’t see,] he would get stressed by the noise. And, though he was very popular with all the staff and we would fill his days as much as possible every day, it was never as good as what a home could offer.”
Jacko maintained a cheerful disposition despite his situation. Shelter volunteers noted he’s “extremely cuddly, affectionate, intelligent and a very happy lovely boy.” But due to Jacko’s need for gentle, slow introductions, potential adoptions took time.
In order for Jacko to develop trust, “we decided that he should be rehomed in a peaceful atmosphere, with one or two individuals,” Mogford added. “Plus, [someone with] a big, safe place that he could run about safely and securely in without having to go out on the streets and public playing grounds,” the author said.
His placement in an adult-only household was also determined by the shelter, which further reduced the number of potential adopters. Sue then arrived.
“Sue saw a video on TikTok that we made of Jacko once he had been with us for one year,” Mogford said. “She came to meet Jacko after filling out her application form and fell in love. Our staff then took Jacko personally to her home to ensure that his journey was as stress-free as possible and to ensure that he was set up for a successful introduction to his new dog friends and home.”
The application went through, and Jacko immediately bonded with his new mom, Sue.
“Jacko now lives in the perfect location,” Mogford said. “Sue has worked wonders with him. She has acres of land for Jacko to run free, and she’s a dog trainer with experience [training] blind dogs. We couldn’t have asked for a better home!”
You can watch Jacko enjoying his freedom run here:
Sue told The Dodo, “I felt he was for me right from the beginning.” “At first, he struggled with his newfound total freedom and was a little institutionalized. His interactions with the other dogs have occasionally been a little awkward, but that is a work in progress. He warmed up to me quite fast.
And while Jacko isn’t into tug-of-war or ball games, he loves to play with Sue’s other dog, Zoom.
I’ve been having a hard time recently, and having Jacko [and Zoom] to focus on has made me feel better,” Sue stated. He truly deserves the opportunity to find a permanent home. I have the highest regard for the rescue team and everything they have done to help this dog get [to this point].”
Not only did Jacko find a forever home with a fun, new brother, but he also has space to run as fast and as free as he wants — and he’s loving every second of it.