While we have adjusted our operations at the Humane Society in response to COVID-19, we continue to serve animals in need of critical medical care. Because of you, we can care for those who need us the most – animals in need of lifesaving medical attention and nowhere else to turn. Thank you for making this possible during this challenging time.
These new friends – Gordon Lightfoot, Footsie, Baloo and Chardonnay – have all come to us during the pandemic and have been too hurt or sick to be placed into foster families. However, they are in the excellent and loving hands of our Humane Society staff veterinarian, Dr. Mary Manspeaker, and our dedicated vet clinic team.
Meet Gordon Lightfoot:
One-year-old Gordon Footlight arrived at the Humane Society several weeks ago. He was underweight with skin lacerations and was unable to move his tail or comfortably stand up. X-rays confirmed pelvic, tail and femur fractures, likely due to being hit by a car. We were able to ease his pain with medication and provide nutritious food, a warm place to sleep and lots of love and cuddles. While he will have to have surgery for his broken leg, his wounds are healing, he is gaining weight and is in great spirits!
Footsie is the sweetest little terrier mix, but was on her own for some time prior to arriving at the Humane Society. Her hair was severely matted and her claws were so overgrown that they had created deep puncture wounds in her paws. Not only was it difficult for her to walk, but the wounds were infected and painful. Humane Society staff trimmed her matted coat, cut her nails and cleaned her wounded paws. She was given antibiotics to fight infection and a nutritious meal plan to address her obesity. A week later, her wounds are healing and her healthy diet is giving her new energy and zest for life. We love seeing her progress as she receives the care and love she needs!
If you are a regular reader, you have already met sweet Baloo. We wrote about him when he first arrived and thank you BIG to all of you who donated. He came to us several weeks ago in severe pain due to extreme rectal prolapse, which could have been caused by parasites, dysentery or other unknown factors. Thankfully, Dr. Manspeaker was able to surgically reduce his soft tissue swelling. While he has experienced several small setbacks, he is in great hands and continues to improve each day with a good prognosis!
Chardonnay arrived at the Humane Society almost three weeks ago stumbling and dizzy, with infections in her eyes and ears. Her uncoordinated movement could have been caused by trauma, infection, exposure to a toxin or extreme dehydration. She is receiving treatment for her eye and ear infections and after a few days of regular hydration and nutrition, her coordination continues to improve. We expect her to make a full recovery in the coming weeks. She enjoys spending time on the counter in the vet clinic!
These are just a few examples of the animals in our care as we operate as an essential service to our community. While our city and the surrounding areas shelter in place, animals in need have fewer places to turn. For this reason, we are more committed to our mission than ever before.
As our work continues, we need your help. We are experiencing declining revenue as a result of scaled-back services and canceled or postponed fundraising events. We have suspended our robust volunteer program in the interest of health and safety.
If you are able, please consider giving any amount that you can. Your gifts will help us to continue to help Gordon Footlight, Footsie, Baloo, Chardonnay and other animals like them – as they come to us in their most vulnerable moments.
Click here to make a contribution and help save lives today. We also invite you to join Friends of the Humane Society, our new monthly giving club that helps provide a predictable funding source for our work. For more information, click here. Our animals, staff and volunteers thank you!