Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue
It was an all-terrain vehicle that ran over the foot of Nakota, a two-year-old German Shepherd. He was brought to the vet and casted. But because Nakota wanted to chew at the healing foot, the owner made a new “cast” for the dog by removing the cast and wrapping his entire leg with layers of duct tape -- a cruel solution that within weeks produced a vile smell and infection. The vet was called in again, and immediately insisted the owner relinquish ownership. The traumatized leg was open to the bone from the middle of Nakota’s hip down. All the toes on that leg had to be amputated, and three of the pads on his foot were beyond saving. For some dogs, it would have been easier just to remove the infected foot, but taking Nakota’s leg would’ve put more pressure and stress on the other side, which ultimately would’ve given out due to an earlier injury. The dog was turned over to Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue, where volunteers worked for months to help the dog heal, and American Humane was able to offset the cost of this long and extensive treatment. Today, Nakota is back on his feet and awaiting adoption into a new, loving home.
Homeward Bound Humane Society
Marshville, North Carolina
At just 5 months old, a helpless puppy was taken from his backyard to an abandoned home, where he was brutally beaten. Allegedly, the perpetrators, whose trial is pending, used the handle from a sledge hammer, a rock and a beer bottle to cause skull fractures, numerous cuts, a broken leg and a terrible eye injury. The puppy was surrendered to Homeward Bound and renamed Justice. He immediately received medical treatment, which American Humane helped pay for through our Second Chance Fund. The veterinarian was unable to save Justice’s eye, but the courageous little dog otherwise made a full recovery. Amazingly, even right after the attack, Justice continued to show his affection for people. He now shares his sweet nature with a new, loving family that adopted him from Homeward Bound.
WAG Animal Rescue
Authorities believe that Precious Angel, a 5-month-old tabby, was intentionally shot in the eye with an arrow and left to wander the streets with the shaft protruding from her head for several days. The wounded kitten was picked up by animal control and taken to a local shelter, where volunteers from WAG Animal Rescue were impressed by her sweet, friendly disposition, despite her distressing condition. They took her to a veterinarian who successfully removed the arrow, although the kitten lost her left eye. Nevertheless, the aptly named Precious Angel remains extremely loving and should have no problem finding a home once she has recovered from her ordeal. American Humane presented WAG Animal Rescue with a grant from the Second Chance Fund to help offset the cost of Precious Angel’s surgery and medical care.
Coalition for Animal Rescue and Education (C.A.R.E.)
Ritchie, a 4-month-old Labrador mix, did not have an easy entry into the world. Her owner threw Ritchie and her six siblings out of a speeding pickup truck on a highway near Neosho, Mo., when she was just 7 weeks old. A kind bystander brought the poor pup to a nearby veterinary clinic, where she received medical care for her injuries. (Ritchie’s littermates were not so lucky; all six perished on the highway.)
Because the person who found Ritchie was not in a position to keep her or pay her medical bills, American Humane awarded a Second Chance Grant to the Coalition for Animal Rescue and Education (C.A.R.E.) in Hillsboro, Mo., which is taking care of Ritchie. Despite her worsening bladder problems, Ritchie has a terrific personality, loves attention and enjoys playing with other dogs. “She’s a tough girl,” reports Carole Pitzer of C.A.R.E.
Texarkana Animal League
When Hope, a 2-year-old redbone coonhound, was dumped by her owner, she was little more than a neglected, 31-pound bag of bones and fur. Not only was Hope severely emaciated, but she also suffered from acute anemia, elevated platelets, extreme liver problems and a heavy parasite load. On top of these medical issues, buckshot remnants in Hope’s right rear leg and hip caused her to walk with a limp. Fortunately, the Texarkana Animal League rescued Hope and placed her in their new foster-care program, where she was put on a special diet and daily medications (paid for in part by a Second Chance Grant). Today, Hope weighs 50 pounds, has a glossy red coat and is still growing. Best of all, despite how she was previously treated by humans, Hope retains a sweet disposition, loves people and brings a smile to the face of everyone she meets.
Update: After many months of extensive veterinary care, Hope lost her fight for life in early June 2009. Although this Second Chance story has a sad ending, Hope was lavished with love and tenderness by all those who cared for her throughout her courageous battle.