Happy Tails

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

Fowl Play

Every Saturday the Southside SPCA holds adoptions to try and find loving, forever homes for animals in our care.  It is a time to hopefully move animals out of the shelter….not in!  But, one November Saturday we were approached by a frantic worker of the store where adoptions were being held.  A dog had just been discovered abandoned.  Callously left chained to the sink’s pipes of the public bathroom with a crued note only stating the dog’s name and that he needed a home.  Most surprising was that no one saw a thing….how they got past us, customers and employees without being spotted is still a mystery.  The Westhighland Terrier was undernourished with every rib showing, but he was young and appeared in relatively good condition.  Local authorities were contacted, a volunteer stepped up to foster him, and arrangements were made to get him to the vet. It was immediately evident that there was something amiss.  Kevin, affectionately name by his foster, refused to eat.  The vet suspected internal parasites were the cause.  So a round of dewormer and canned food was prescribed.  But still Kevin refused his food.  The foster, not satisfied with the diagnosis, took him back to the vet asking for more tests.  X-rays revealed the cause of his discomfort and refusal to eat.  There were foreign objects lodged in his stomach and intestines.  Emergency surgery was ordered. Poor Kevin had the bones of a large bird (perhaps a turkey) AND a large seed from a fruit (which we could not identify) removed from his digestive tract.  FOURTEEN objects in all were removed.  It was obvious that poor Kevin had been scrounging for food.  We breathed a sigh of relief that he came through surgery well and that he was saved in time.  If not for Southside SPCA holding adoptions that day we might never have found Kevin.  We shudder to think what might have become of him. After weeks of recovery he was finally able to be adopted.  So began the task of finding his forever home.  After pouring over countless applications we chose his happy ever after.  A wonderful couple surprised their children by plotting and planning the adoption of this sweet boy.  An early Christmas present for the whole family!  He now has a safe and secure future full of the love and attention he so deserves.

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Adoptions