Happy Tails

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

Otis

Each year 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters across the United States. Unwanted litters and irresponsible breeding contribute to these astounding numbers. Sadly puppy mills and backyard breeders, whose only goal is to make a profit, still exist in Virginia. When one such breeder dumped 3 dogs at a local vet office we were quick to come to their rescue. It took just minutes for us to realize these poor dogs had suffered years of neglect. The most shocking of all was a gentle soul we named Otis. This 7 year old Pug had lived his whole life as a stud dog, no doubt siring litter after litter. But it was his condition that stopped us in our tracks….not only was he riddled with scars from a kennel fire that burned over 40% of his body, his front leg was also damaged beyond repair. Apparently he had fractured his front leg and it was never set, thus causing poor Otis to suffer. Sadly the vet deemed that the fracture was too old to repair. The decision was made to keep the leg as it did offer little, but some support. His gentle and forgiving spirit quickly won over all that met him. How could such a sweet boy have endured such a life of neglect? It didn’t take long for Otis to steal the heart of the Price family. Having previously adopted a senior Beagle, Paul Bunyan, from Southside SPCA, they were ready to open their hearts and home again. On Valentine’s Day he officially became part of the Price family. Otis still bares the scars and wounds from his past, but his days are now spent being a treasured and pampered pet. Sadly not all breeder dogs are as lucky as Otis. The Southside SPCA will continue to advocate for change through supporting tougher laws to protect animals, educating the public, and by offering spay/neuter assistance.

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Rescues

Providing Care for Carebear

Every day our shelter receives pleas for help.  With 20% of the population in our service area below the poverty line, residents depend on the shelter to help in times of need.  Sometimes owners just need a bag of dog or cat food to last them until their next paycheck, or assistance with spaying or neutering their pet, but often times it’s a much more dire need. When an email arrived that a local family that was down on their luck and needed medical assistance for their dog, we jumped in to action.  We contacted Lunenburg Animal Control and asked them to go to their home and assess the situation.  Officers found a Great Pyrenees named “Carebear” with an injury to his front leg.  He had been hit by a car and the family had no transportation or funds to provide medical care.  We asked the officers to take the dog to our vet and we would provide the necessary care.  We would never let a dog suffer. X-rays confirmed our fear.  The leg was broken and would need to be splinted.   After several days of recovery at our vet and strict instructions on how to care for the wound, we loaded the gentle giant, along with bags of dog food and other supplies in our van, and returned him back home. A few days later the family contacted us again.  They had finally come to accept the fact that they could not financially afford or provide the care needed for “Carebear”.  They asked if they could surrender him so that he could have a better quality life. Now safe at the shelter and getting the attention he needs, his recovery can begin.  He will require multiple trips to the vet for bandage changes and x-rays to confirm proper healing, a process that will be a minimum of six weeks.   Thanks to your generous donations, he will get the care he needs. Along with rescuing homeless dogs and cats in our service area, the Southside SPCA is dedicated to providing assistance to local residents and their pets….it’s just another way we are helping bring hope to animals in need!

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Adoptions