Happy Tails

What once was lost…

Imagine the surprise of Southside SPCA staff when they rounded the corner of the main shelter to find a cat in a carrier just sitting there. Not a person in sight, not a note to be found, it was like he just dropped down from the heavens….and so he was named St. Anthony, after the patron saint of lost and stolen articles. This hunk of a cat immediately stole our hearts. His sweet nature and loving disposition made him a staff favorite. When he was sent to the vet for neutering and testing, it was then that we received some bad news. St. Anthony tested positive for FIV, or Feline immunodeficiency virus. This virus is passed from the bite wound of another cat infected with the virus, and unneutered outdoor male cats are most frequently infected. While there is no cure for FIV, many cats live symptom free for years. It was only then that we reflected on his namesake. It has been said that St. Anthony lived with a steady courage to face the ups and downs of life, that he had the call to love and forgive, to be concerned for the needs of others, to deal with crisis great and small. How ironic. Our St. Anthony was appropriately named. And so begins our quest to find a safe refuge, a loving home, a happily-ever-after. We have faith that he will one day be found!

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Rescues

A special bond!

When our shelter director, Sandy Wyatt, was alerted to two dogs that were abandoned, she quickly sprang into action.  The dogs, one very pregnant, were left behind when their owners moved out of state.  Neighbors had been feeding the dogs, but fear of the mother dog giving birth had them desperate for help.  Upon arriving at the home, the mother dog eagerly approached Sandy and was quickly and easily placed in a crate.  The second dog proved much more of a challenge; the small black dog was scared and unsure.  He would not come easily!  Eventually, Sandy realized she would need to regroup and call in reinforcements.  So, she left a bowl of food and a promise to return the next day.  The mother-to-be was taken to the shelter and made comfortable.

The very next morning Sandy and two volunteers, Brenda Swanson and Marge Owens, armed with yummy canned food, headed back to save the one left behind.  Again, he eluded capture.  Luckily they are not easily discouraged, and it was decided that it might just help if the other dog were with them!  So back to the shelter they went!  The mother-to-be was loaded in the car and back they went.  That proved to do the trick!  One look of his friend and in the car jumped the little black dog!

With both dogs safe, they were returned to the shelter where they are now being well cared for.  What a special bond these two must have shared after being cruelly abandoned, and now they are safe together!

 

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Rescues

Speedway

Rescued from an euthanizing animal control, Speedway was on the fast track to no-where when we rescued him! Hunting season had ended and he and many others had been abandonded on the side of a country road. With the number 6 crudely spray painted on his side, he looked like a little racecar just off the track. Luckily the number soon faded and his beautiful coat filled in. It was obvious why he was abandoned…he was no hunting dog, rather a sweet boy just looking for a place to call home! Speedway is an active dog that would need a home that enjoys hiking, running, or exploring the great outdoors, but at the end of the day he becomes the best snuggle bug and couch potato! Not only is he extremely handsome, he also has a gentle and affectionate disposition. If you’re ready to put the pedal to the metal and rev up your home with this great Foxhound, please email southsidespcadogs@yahoo.com for more information.

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Rescues