The search continues for a “perfect” home for a Labrador retriever who suffered horrific injuries after a child intentionally set him on fire in April 2021. Buddy managed to survive the abuse, but the Tunica Humane Society has not secured his ideal new home.
On Sunday, the shelter updated Facebook followers about the beloved survivor, writing:
“My last update on Buddy was just before Christmas. We had hoped to have him settled in a loving home by the Holidays but things haven’t worked out that way. Our search still continues to find Buddy a family.”
Explaining that their quest for the “perfect home” continues because they want to find a family who will love Buddy for “all the right reasons.” The shelter wants to find someone that lives near Mississippi State University, so Buddy can continue receiving care and treatment from Dr. Swanson. The shelter knows that Buddy’s ideal home is out there somewhere; they said:
“All good things come to those who wait patiently. I know Buddy’s future is written in the stars. That special family will come along when the timing is right.”
Buddy still wears an e-collar much of the time because there is a small area between his eyes that has not yet healed and he tries to rub his face on things, which could tear open his fragile skin.
Tunica Humane describes Buddy’s demeanor and ideal home:
“Buddy loves to take walks. He loves to play fetch. He loves all the attention he can get from everyone he meets. He should do great with older children in a home. He needs an active family because he is an active dog. We still feel strongly that he needs to be the only dog in the home. He needs to be loved for all the right reasons, not just because he is famous.”
In the meantime, Buddy is being spoiled by his friends at Mississippi State, who adore him. The shelter writes:
“They have spent countless hours investing in his future. Teaching him manners and all kinds of commands. He is a happy, energetic, robust, typical lab except for the horrific injuries that he suffered at the hands of his abuser. Those scars will never leave him. They will always serve as his badge of courage and his undeniable will to live.”
If you think that you might be able to give Buddy the life that he deserves, please reach out to the Tunica Humane Society. You can find them on Facebook here. Find the website for the shelter at this link.
Note: The 12-year-old who set Buddy on fire admitted to the crime, but he could not be prosecuted under Mississippi law due to his age.