Locust Trace AgriScience Farm in Lexington is interested in adopting Nubbin, the once injured Jack Russell terrier left homeless by his owner's death earlier this week.
Many details would have to be worked out before the adoption could happen. But Nubbin essentially could become the school's official mascot, Locust Trace Principal Anne Clark said Thursday.
Nubbin received the first operation on his broken hind leg at Locust Trace's veterinary clinic in December 2012.
"I just thought, wouldn't it be great if we could bring him home here, back where it all started," Clark said Thursday. "We don't know yet whether it will work out. But we have offered to bring him here."
Betty Hoopes, who is working to find a new home for Nubbin, said she thinks the idea has merit, although nothing has been decided yet.
"It could be the best place for him, because he would get a lot of attention and he needs that," Hoopes said.
She also noted that Nubbin would have access to the Locust Trace veterinary clinic if his injured leg ever needed more veterinary care.
Locust Trace, which is both a working 80-acre farm and a school, offers training in veterinary science and various agricultural fields. Located off Leestown Road, it is operated by the Fayette County Public Schools.
Nubbin and his owner, Jessie Brothers, became Lexington celebrities in late 2012, after the dog broke his leg while chasing a groundhog. Brothers, a retired farm laborer, faced the possibility of losing his beloved dog because he couldn't afford the costly surgery.
But two Lexington firefighters put up the money for the operation, which was performed at Locust Trace. Nubbin ultimately recovered after three operations.
Brothers died Sept. 1 and a search for a new home for Nubbin began.
A number of individuals already have inquired about adopting him, officials said Thursday.
Sarah Tracy, community liaison for Locust Trace, said that if the school adopted Nubbin, he would have to adjust from living with a single master to residing in a school with large numbers of high-school age students.
"You don't just take a dog like him and put him in a school full of kids," Tracy said. "So, at first he would live in the veterinary clinic, because we have trained professionals there who know how to deal with him.
"Then, he would gradually start spending time with our special education liaison, who visits classrooms during the day. He'd be able to be in her office, run around with her during the day. She'd be his first bonding point, and then we would slowly introduce other people at the school."
The school's live-in farm manager would be with the dog on nights and weekends. Some Locust Trace staffers have said they could take him to their homes on weekends, Tracy said.
"The idea is that he would learn that he's in this new place, but everyone he meets is really nice and has a treat for him," she said. Tracy said they have not delved into "the question of what would happen in the summers."
Hoopes said nothing can happen until Jessie Brothers' three children agree to put Nubbin up for adoption. "We're not going to let this dog just be passed around, I assure you of that," she said.