Pet of the Week: Survivor Buster looking for retirement home

Buster is a mellow 10-year-old hound mix looking for his "retirement home." Nathan Budryk/Daily

WINCHESTER – Buster, an easy going 10-year-old neutered, microchipped male hound mix, is looking for a new place to call home. Buster can be found at the Rockaplenty Adoption Center on Featherbed Lane in Winchester.

Buster was abandoned by his previous owners, said Steven Rogers, shelter supervisor.

“He was brought into us actually by the police department,” Rogers said. “His former owners who had him moved and pretty much abandoned him in the home that he was in. He was at the residence for quite some time.”

Due to the state of neglect in which Buster was found, he had some medical problems when he was first brought in in August.

“When he first came in to us, his skin was in bad shape,” Rogers said. “He was infested with fleas. He was very underweight. He was very dehydrated. He was in pretty rough shape.”

Despite the odds, Buster was successfully brought back to good health by the staff.

“We were able to get him cleared,” Rogers said. “He was on a special kind of food for a while. He was getting baths twice a week. He was on a lot of medicine for a while. We weren’t sure, when we first got him, because he was in such bad shape, what we were going to be able to do for him. With some TLC and some medicine, he made a turnaround and he became adoptable.”

Buster is a gentle soul and would do well in a variety of home settings, Rogers said. Buster is not the most rambunctious pooch all the time, so a home with children who won’t pull on his tail or ride him like a horse would be best. Rogers also said he’d be a great dog for an older couple looking for a walking companion (Buster loves walks) or just somebody to be a good buddy.

Buster loves other dogs and is thrilled whenever he gets some playtime with one of his kennel friends, and despite his older age, Rogers said he thinks Buster has plenty of time left to offer somebody who will love him.

“He’s ready for his retirement home,” Rogers said. “He needs a home he can spend his golden years in. … He still has a lot of life left in him. We had bloodwork done and it came back extremely healthy.”

Rockaplenty Adoption Center serves Winchester and the counties of Frederick and Clarke. Contact the shelter at 111 Featherbed Lane in Winchester or by calling 540-662-8616.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com.