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Captain Chewie, Local Shelter Dog, Loses His Eye But Not His Christmas Spirit and Wishes For A Home Of His Own

a mid sized grey dog wearing red christmas attire
a mid sized grey dog wearing red christmas attire

Captain Chewie shows off his Christmas spirit. Photo by Taylor Heery Photo.

Captain Chewie, a 4 year old large mixed breed male dog has had a tough road to travel when he recently lost his eye and has been dealing with an untreated skin condition.

Captain Chewie was found by Henderson County Animal Control in a ditch in the middle of the night. The dog was in very poor condition. He was very thin, had no hair, painful, bleeding skin and his extremely injured eye needed to removed quickly. Without immediate treatment it was doubtful if he would make it. Local veterinarian hospital, Western Carolina Regional Animal Shelter, stepped up and removed his eye and began caring for his injury and skin in house, pro bono. They could see that this poor dog was very loving despite his condition.

Chewie stayed with the staff at the hospital for over a month until they made a call to Blue Ridge Humane Society asking if they could take the pup in. Blue Ridge Humane staff went right away to meet the pup and were so impressed with how happy he was considering all he had been through.

The staff and volunteers at the shelter have quickly fallen in love with the lovable, goof of a dog. “We discovered quickly, why he was named Captain Chewie when we heard him howling exactly like Chewbacca. It was a really good impression. He also loves showing off his collection of pjs that we bought him to protect his skin. He just wiggles his body in happiness all the time,” shares Crystal Tysz, Training and Behavior Manager.

Captain Chewie’s greatest wish is a home for the holidays. Blue Ridge Humane Society is offering waved adoption fees through December 23, 2021 to help make that Christmas wish come true for Captain Chewie and other animals waiting for adoption.

If you’re interested in adopting Captain Chewie, please go to www.blueridgehumane.org to submit your adoption application. A member of the Adoption Team will be in contact immediately.

Blue Ridge Humane Society, Inc., is a 501(c)3 animal welfare organization started in 1950 dedicated to ensuring the highest quality of life for animals in Henderson County and our neighboring communities. BRHS cares for pets awaiting adoption at the Adoption Center and in its thriving foster program; offers low-cost vaccine clinics, animal education programs, pet training classes, and youth education and projects; coordinates community pet food assistance, emergency vet assistance, and the Spay Neuter Incentive Program (SNIP), which is a collaboration with Henderson County, the City of Hendersonville, and the Henderson County Animal Services Center.

If you believe in our cause, consider making a donation or learning how to volunteer by visiting the Blue Ridge Humane Society’s website at www.blueridgehumane.org or call (828) 692-2639.