Happy Tails

Jumping for Joy

Today was a big day. A day that has been 2 years and 5 months in the making. In May of 2013 the Southside SPCA responded to a call for help. Little did we know it would be a landmark rescue for our shelter. 82 dogs from a single hoarder home would be removed by our shelter staff in just two days! Gradually we were able to place the bulk of these dogs in adoptive homes or with other reputable rescues...but in the end we were left with the harder to place, the "unadoptables". It took some time and rehabilitation, but eventually those found loving, patient homes too. And then there was one..."Joy". Joy was a female, Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix that had neurological issues from having been run over by a car. Her gate was exaggerated and her balance slightly off, but otherwise a normal dog. But, the stress of living with so many other dogs and having only limited human interaction had taken its toll. She was afraid of most people and would use her teeth if need be. But, as we are a non-euthanizing animal shelter, she would have as much time as she needed to come around. I'm happy to report, that time has come. Today Joy has begun her final chapter. She will finally be a loved and treasured family member with her new adoptive parents. So we close the books on this rescue. Number 82 has left the building, and we're all Jumping for Joy!!!

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Adoptions

New Hope for Pocket Beagles

We recently rescued these two tiny Pocket Beagles from a local animal control.  The two puppies were in desperate need of medical care!  Their little bodies were ravaged with sarcoptic mange that left their skin raw and hairless, and the effects of a vitamin deficiency were immediately evident.  The poor puppies had Rickets which causes their legs to curl inward.  Luckily both ailments are treatable, and under our care they should fully recover and grow to be healthy and happy dogs.  Due to the large number of animals we rescue and the vast amount of miles we cover, finding animals in need like these two is all too common.  It is only through the kind donations of our supporters that we are able to care for these sweet pups.  We are sure they will one day find themselves in their forever home!

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Rescues

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