Photo of Jermaine and Jeffrey via Operation Ava Facebook pageBy: Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell | Pet360.com
A pair of adoptable Pit Bull-mix siblings captured the hearts of many would-be adopters, as well as the imaginations of some shady characters, when their photo went viral this week.
The two dogs were first found wandering the streets of Philadelphia. One brother, Jeffrey, is blind, and the other, Jermaine, acts as his seeing-eye dog. Ray Little, director of life saving for Operation Ava, the no kill rescue and shelter which is housing the pair, told Pet360 they are inseparable.
When a photo of the pair holding each other while sleeping went viral last week, Little says the shelter received a lot of inquiries. By Monday, the organization had approximately 10 viable applications and stopped accepting applications on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Operation Ava is being very protective of the celebrity dogs. While Little says staff will do nothing beyond normal protocol to screen potential adopters, they have to be careful, given the dogs' celebrity status, to be sure they are going to a loving forever home and that adopters want them for the right reasons.
For instance, shelter staff discovered people fraudulently raising money for transport of the dogs out of state. The staff posted on social media that the scammers were falsely claiming the brothers had already been approved for adoption. The shelter cautioned anyone wanting to make a donation to Jeffrey and Jermaine's care to do it directly to the organization and not to any individual.
One of the dog's adoption fees has been covered by a donor, and although Jeffrey's condition is thought to be a genetic one from birth and not from an injury, he is set up to meet with an eye specialist this Thursday.
Potential adopters must come in and meet the dogs, says Little. This allows shelter staff to assess if the dogs are a good fit for the adopters. Potential adopters must also provide three references, preferably at least one being a veterinarian, and either proof of ownership of their home, or a letter from their landlord approving dogs in their rental.
For more information on Jermaine and Jeffrey, Operation Ava has posted a FAQ on its website.
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