Man with ALS hopes to find special new owner for his senior dog

A man with rapidly progressing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS, is hoping that he can help find a new, special person to care for his beloved senior dog, Pawpaw, before he is no longer able to provide his canine friend with care.

John adopted Pawpaw two years ago from California’s Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, and since that time, the pair have been inseparable. According to the rescue agency, it was “love at first sight” for John and and the senior beagle mix. John knew that he had the neurological disease when he adopted Pawpaw, but he and his caregiver were assured that if Pawpaw ever needed to find a new home, the rescue group would do its utmost to make it happen.

Pawpaw has been John’s constant companion for two years, but his disease is progressing rapidly; his declining health means that Pawpaw will soon need someone new to care for him. The rescue group wrote:

He contacted Sherri last month with the news that he would like to start the process of finding PawPaw’s new home, a special family that understands that PawPaw will stay with John till he passes – a family that can love him as much as John does.

According to Muttville, Pawpaw has a “puppy-like zest for life and love” even though he is 13 years of age.  John is hopeful that he can meet Pawpaw’s new owner – a special person who will love his dear 4-legged friend as much as he has.

Interested adopters are asked to email the rescue group at

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