Meet Zeus, a 9-year-old dog who has had a tough life but is still eager to explore the world with a loving human.
Zeus is a Maltese mix who is currently being fostered by Mighty Mutts, an all-volunteer no-kill animal rescue group that brings dogs to a weekly adoption drive every Saturday at the Union Square Petco.
His caregivers say Zeus "lived a life of abandon" since he was a puppy. Bought for someone who didn't want a pet, Zeus was shuffled around from owner to owner before ending up in a home where he spent two years being forced to mate with a female dog who attacked him regularly.
Zeus has damaged eyes from the attacks and has to take medicine to control seizures and help with dry eye, so he needs to live with someone who is prepared to continue his care. But he is able to see and "is a good boy about taking" his medication.
Mighty Mutts says he hasn't had any seizures since he started on the medication.
Despite his injuries and trauma, Zeus has a lot of energy and can walk long distances. After being trapped in a small space in the breeding house, he loves to explore new territory.
Zeus is "one of the sweetest dogs imaginable," but has experienced a good deal of trauma, so Mighty Mutts is trying to place him in a calm home without other dogs or children. They say he gets along with some cats.
He is up-to-date with routine shots and has been fully checked out by a vet.
How to adopt:
For information on adopting Zeus, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 212-875-7538.