Sweet Dora in need of a home

By Ryan Cornell

WINCHESTER — Dora isn’t going to let a bad hair day spoil her fun.

The 3-year-old German Shepherd arrived at the Winchester SPCA last month when her owner couldn’t care for her any longer.

Suffering from a severe skin condition likely caused by flea allergies, Dora sported a massive bald spot near her tail. Caretakers at the shelter have treated her condition since then, and the black and tan patches of fur growing back hint at her nearing a full recovery.

Lyndie Scott, dog kennel supervisor at the animal shelter, said Dora is fully housebroken and is friendly to strangers.

“She’s not shy,” Scott said. “She just wants you to take her places.”

The 72-pound Dora is quite the explorer.

Scott said the dog enjoys riding in cars, playing in the yard and easily takes baths.

She said Dora is mostly quiet and doesn’t bark often, but will whine if she wants to be let outside.

“She’s just a very sweet girl,” Scott said.

She said the shelter has been in contact with a German Shepherd rescue group, but would rather adopt the dog out to a home with a responsible owner who could keep her up-to-date on her flea medication.

Dora has not been spayed.

The Winchester SPCA, which has reached full capacity, is currently offering a special. People can bring in any type of donation in lieu of paying an adoption fee. The cost for adopting Dora would normally be $75.

The animal shelter is located at 115 Featherbed Lane in Winchester.

For more information, visit http://www.winchesterspca.org or call 540-662-8616.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com