Happy Tails

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

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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