Anyone who thinks a dog can't appreciate a change in fortunes should meet Linus.

Anyone who thinks a dog can't appreciate a change in fortunes should meet Linus.

Kerrie Zazon, who fosters the mountain cur mix with support from the Powell Animal Welfare Society, said she found Linus' picture on an animal shelter's Facebook page and fell in love immediately. The feeling apparently was mutual, as Zazon discovered after she took him into her Clintonville home in February.

"The first time I fed him, he stopped in the middle of his meal and gave me a kiss," she said. "He was just so thankful."

Linus had faced the possibility of euthanasia at the shelter and was unlikely to find a new, permanent owner because of his medical condition. He has medial patellar luxation, which means his kneecaps are out of place.

A dog can be born with the condition, but it also can be caused by abuse or improper confinement.

Zazon, who has fostered 28 dogs through PAWS, said she agreed to foster Linus if the organization helped pay for his medical care.

Linus, named after a photo that shows him holding a blanket as if it's a toy, completed his first surgery about a month ago.

A fundraising goal of about $3,000 has been set to pay for the remainder of Linus' medical care. About $2,000 had been raised by Monday, March 21.

Zazon said a fundraiser held last weekend at Cycle614 south of Ohio State University's campus brought in about $500.

Zazon said Linus is the "happiest-go-lucky" dog she's cared for and "very wiggly."

"He's broken a lot of glasses because of his tail, but that's OK," she said.

After Linus has recovered, he'll be up for adoption for a fee of $200. Zazon said PAWS will seek someone with a financially stable home for Linus because he might suffer from complications related to his condition in the future.

Stacy Dunbar, president of PAWS, said the organization was founded in Powell in the late 2000s with the goal of saving dogs considered unfit for adoption by shelters.

"We usually rescue from the shelter ... dogs that they won't put on the floor," Dunbar said. "Most of the dogs we get have some kind of issue."

Dunbar said an "issue" can mean anything from slight behavioral problems to medical complications.

She said Linus is "just the perfect dog" except for his medical problems.

PAWS, which does not have a shelter or headquarters, pays for food, medicine and toys for dogs fostered by its volunteers.

Dunbar said the rescue organization has had as many as 70 active volunteers, but the number "ebbs and flows."

"The more fosters that we have, the more dogs we can save," she said.

Dunbar said the group is constantly in search of new donors and volunteers.

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