Each of our animals come to us with their own story. Many of them have never had the opportunity to be in a safe environment much less feel affection in their lifetime through no fault of their own. What they find once with us is that they are unconditionally loved, that kind hands exist, and that trusting is possible. Here are just a few of our success stories.
Hewey came to us when he needed help most. This bait dog, who was found on the streets of Philadelphia, was close to death. Nearly starving, with cuts, puncture wounds and cigarette burns all over his body, he was utterly shattered inside and out. Terrified of people, enclosed spaces and any sort of movement, he would tremble at all times. We knew he needed more than physical attention, he needed mental rehabilitation. It was all hands-on deck, and is most often the case, everyone in the building as well as our volunteers had a hand in his rehabilitation. Poor Hewey didn’t understand that a leash was not a weapon to be used against him and that hands could be gentle and loving. It was a long and arduous process, but we saw slow but steady progress and that encouraged everyone. Slowly but surely, we saw little glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel. There are no words to describe how we felt, after months of rehab, to watch Hewey go for his first car ride and visit a local park with a staff member. We still cry looking back on the day that he left us for good to start a new, healthy, loving life with a family who adores him. Patience pays dividends and that was surely the case with Hewey.
Jack came to us at days old after being found along the side of the road. It was a desperate situation due to her age, malnourished state and illness but there was something more. Jack’s eyes were swollen shut and had terrible ulcers due to scratches and external damage. Clearly immediate medical intervention was necessary in order to save her eyesight. Accepting this little one as a challenge, staff members stepped up to bottle feed, medicate, clean and socialize. Today, Jack is a sweet, healthy girl and able to see. Residual scarring prevents her from 20/20 vision, but she doesn’t let it slow her down. She’s a lady who fought for survival and ended up with a special place in our hearts.