DEPEW, N.Y. (WIVB) — An elderly dog who has been residing at the Niagara SPCA for the past few weeks is being celebrated across Western New York.
Lloyd has not been claimed, as the SPCA suspects his owner(s) didn’t know to go to the SPCA or couldn’t afford veterinary care. He has since inspired the Make a Dog’s Day program at the shelter, to allow other homeless dogs to go on fun adventures and get adopted.
According to the Niagara SPCA, Lloyd came in as a stray and wasn’t claimed. He is currently in end-stage kidney failure and has a large tumor on his back leg. The Western New York community has been coming together to help Lloyd celebrate his final days.
“We can’t bear the thought of euthanizing Lloyd until we know he’s ready,” the group said. “Right now, he’s happy and loves life. Worse yet, we can’t bear the thought of Lloyd spending his final days in a kennel. No dog deserves that, but especially a good, loyal boy like Lloyd.”
At noon on Wednesday, Shannon Connors Fitness will be hosting a ‘Meet-N-Greet PAW-ty’ for Lloyd. The center asks that those attending bring a small donation for the Niagara SPCA and Lloyd’s friends who reside there. The full list of donations being accepted can be seen below.
“We’d love for Lloyd’s final days to be photographically chronicled,” Shannon Connors’ Facebook post said. “We plan to work on a little project to help more dogs like Lloyd in the future. Lloyd loves people and doesn’t mind dogs. We don’t know how much time Lloyd has left — he could be with us for 3 weeks or 3 months.”
Lloyd has been described as the sweetest and gentlest soul the SPCA has ever met. He has captured the hearts of many across the region, and the party is part of a bucket list Lloyd is completing during his final days. He has already visited the Sunflowers of Sanborn, PetCo and has been recognized by Niagara County. He also visited the Niagara Fashion Outlets on Wednesday morning.