Top Stories of the Year 2022
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Emmi arrived at our shelter severely emaciated and weak. She couldn’t even stand on her own, relying on support from our staff to hold her up. When we offered her water, the 4-year-old dog drank so rapidly that we had to take it away for fear that she would make herself sick. At only 22 pounds, she was dangerously thin and could not have survived much longer without help. Our Veterinary Team worked hard to make her feel better, administering fluids and medication and tending to her pressure sores.
We’re happy to share that Emmi was adopted by Lee Asher, who saw her amazing story and fell in love. She is now a part of The Asher House pack!
At only 3 weeks old, a tiny kitten named Hobbes was brought to our friends at Summit Veterinary Referral Center with severe burns. Hobbes came to them with devastating injuries all over his body, but the team at Summit provided emergency care until he could be transferred to our shelter. When our veterinary team removed his bandages we started to truly understand the extent of his injuries. The burns on his toes, chest, and the top of his right ear made us wince. But it was the largest and most severe burns on his back that made our eyes fill with tears.
After much-needed surgery and receiving round-the-clock care in the foster home of one of our vet staff, Hobbes has fully healed and is enjoying his new life with his adopted family!
Hillary and CeeCee
Hillary arrived emaciated, her fur caked with feces and urine-stained from lying in her own waste. The odor coming from her was horrific. Her legs were covered in pressure sores and at only 33 lbs, Hillary weighed half of her ideal size. 56 minutes later, another emaciated dog came through our doors. Just like Hillary, CeeCee was literally skin and bones. This sweet girl, CeeCee, was dehydrated and had open wounds all over her feet. Over the next several weeks, with a monitored feeding plan and loving care from our staff and volunteers, the two girls became almost unrecognizable!
Once fully healed and at healthy weights, both pups were adopted!
Echo and Foxtrot
Tiny babies, Foxtrot and Echo, were found severely injured, both missing their left rear paws and one missing a portion of its tail. The sweet kittens weighed less than a pound and were in horrific pain. After a thorough exam and observing the kittens, our vets were concerned with how much the babies use their stumps to move around. They were further irritating their sores and causing them to open up and bleed with every step. Our vet team determined that performing amputations further up their legs was essential if the kittens are ever going to lead a normal life, free from infection and pain.
After successful surgeries and recovery in a foster home, Foxtrot and Echo were adopted by the animal control officer who had brought them in!
When she first arrived at our shelter, every part of Buttercup’s body ached and pulsed with pain. She was covered in bite wounds, deep scratches, and had several broken teeth. Her huge, swollen face was a shocking contrast to her skinny, emaciated body. Buttercup had been on the streets, fighting for her life. But our veterinary team worked quickly – carefully cleaning her wounds and giving medication to take away her pain and heal her infections.
Today, Buttercup is spoiled rotten and adored by her new family!
4 terribly sick kittens arrived at our shelter after a kind human found them at death’s door in an empty lot, and when she rushed them to us, our vet team was ready to help them immediately. The kittens were suffering from such severe upper respiratory infections that they were having trouble breathing. Their eyes were painfully swollen, encrusted with blood, and they could hardly see because of the infection in their eyes. Around-the-clock care, antibiotics, eye and nose drops, and extra feedings helped them gain strength.
After extensive care, the kittens were adopted and are now healthy and happy!
Flapjack was brought to the shelter with 12 other dogs from an ongoing animal cruelty investigation. Flapjack arrived frightened and in need of some socialization. Shelter staff and a foster helped Flapjack gain confidence – giving him the care and love that he needed. After getting to know Flapjack, his foster decided to make him officially part of their family and adopted him during the shelter’s Best Friends National Adoption Weekend!
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