the Ophelia project
Ophelia, an 8-year-old boxer, was a happy, family-friendly dog, and there were many tears when her family moved, leaving Ophelia once again at Heartland Pet Connection to find her forever home. Ophelia had a number of health issues requiring surgery and continued monitoring. With the help of the HPC, our veterinarians and a special education program, Ophelia found her new life with a wonderful woman who agreed to assume the responsibility of Ophelia’s special care for the rest of her life.
The mission of the Heartland Pet Connection is to “serve as a voice for the human treatment of animals and work toward enhancing the connection of people, pets and education.” With the adoption of the Ophelia Project, the HPC continues its mission of compassion for the animals in its care.
The Ophelia Project is a hospice-type program developed in the fall of 2013 to honor Ophelia and all of the people that loved her. It ensures that all of the requirements of the special-need animal are met both before and after adoption. These include individual care for the elderly, unique medical care, provisions for special diet, medications and more.
The goal of the HPC is to create a connection between the Ophelia Project animal, the veterinarian and the new owner.
The current ophelia project Pet
Meet Hercules!! I am the newest member of the Ophelia project here at the shelter. I previously had a broken leg that already has healed on it's own. I have a funny little gaite because of it but I am not currently in any pain. As I get older I may need arthritis medication. I am just one of two litters of pups available for adoption at the shelter. We all arrived together from the same situation. We were very shy and unsure of our new surroundings. Having individual attention and a good deep massage makes several of us just melt into puddles. Cuddling quietly in laps, seems to be a favorite place to hang out. Miniature Australian Shepherds are very intelligent and learn very quickly. Beagles are all about their noses. This combination makes us easy to work with. Our intelligence and noses make treat training a breeze. We are 6-8 months in age. We weigh anywhere from 25-38 pounds, with all different coat colors, and temperaments. Apartment living would not be an ideal home for us. Beagles can be chatty. Mini Aussies like to have regular exercise. A fenced yard would keep us safe and allow exercise and exploration. You might find that one of us is the perfect match for your home. ***We have all been micro-chipped, altered and vaccinated. We are ready to go.