Update on Jonah!

by Hilary Bentley • Posted in: Special Needs Pets, Where are they now


Jonah, now named Oliver, is doing fabulous! His adopter reports that he is spunky and lively, adorable, and a little tasmanian devil (but a cute one!), loves belly rubs and loves to give kisses.

We wanted to share a little bit about how Jonah and his adopter came to be together.

Lynda had a brain aneurism in august and recently underwent surgery. She felt lucky it was not any worse but she did have to change her whole lifestyle, and is still not allowed back to work. Despite the trying times she felt blessed to have survived, but started to get lonely being home and alone. Lynda had been divorced for a year, and had two poodles that both recently passed from old age. Being a part of a family of dog lovers, especially of rescue dogs, Lynda didn’t really think of any other route to go.

Lynda wanted to start looking for a new companion but didn’t plan on getting a puppy given her situation. Her daughter found APA! and they decided we were the organization they wanted to adopt from. The minute she saw Jonah on the website she fell in love. She read about how Jonah was taken off the euthanasia list and all the surgeries he had to undergo at such a young age and decided she just had to meet him. She felt a connection: he needed a lot of care and love and so did she. It seemed like a perfect match, they’ll recover together!


When she met him he just ran to her. She’s not supposed to bend over but she had to land on her knees and let him jump on her and kiss her, Lynda was hooked.

Jonah has brought so much joy to her life already. She’s normally a very active woman and Jonah has given her a purpose again. He sleeps with her, and goes everywhere with her. We couldn’t have hoped for a better match.


Our special needs pets attract those looking to give some extra TLC, and are hoping for some in return of course. In addition to adopters for these special pets, we also need fosters who want to offer that extra care and help them find their forever homes.

If you’re interested in fostering dogs or cats that just need a little extra attention email: email hidden; JavaScript is required


5 Responses to "Update on Jonah!"

  1. bradsays: October 26, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    What a wonderful story for both Oliver and Lynda!!!!!

  2. allisonsays: October 28, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I LOVE stories like this ! so glad Lynda and Oliver found each other. :)

  3. Bailey Barbersays: October 28, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I’m so glad he found a good home! He was such a sweet boy when I fostered him! I’m glad he’s feeling better and that Lynda and Oliver are enjoying a good life together :) Congrats!

  4. Sarahsays: October 28, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Precious!! What a touching story!!

  5. Susan Asays: October 31, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I was Jonah’s foster mom and am so happy to see the happy ending to his story shared here. Thanks to Lynda for sharing her amazing survival story as well. I knew from the first email I received from her that she and Oliver were meant to be together. We had fought very hard to help him survive and only the very best home would do and he certainly found it. APA needs lots more foster homes to be able to save more lives. Not every foster requires around the clock care, some are very easy and just need a place to stay for a day or two. But in every case, as a foster, you get to be a part of a happy ending for a dog in need. If you are thinking of fostering please contact APA right now. They provide great assistance and guidance throughout the process and you cannot believe the feeling of helping save a little fuzzy life and bringing together a family like Lynda and Oliver until you experience it.