This little Siamese, living as a stray, was attacked by a dog and chewed up pretty good. We were able to suture her back up and she was adopted within days by a family that was in the waiting room when she first came in.
Neighborhood friendly Tom-Cat was attacked by another animal and brought to the AWL by a concerned citizen. Lesions and broken leg were cared for by our staff and this little man found himself an older couple to live out his life with... in luxury.
Imagine our surprise when we opened this box left in our lobby. Twenty-two (22) starving snakes shoved into a cardboard box. Immediate call to herpetological rescue and these slithering souls found their way into appropriate habitats that same night.
Landlord found this young pup in a vacant apartment after days of abandonment. With lots of vitamins, fluids, food and tender kisses, he found himself soon in the arms of young couple that enjoys taking him to their campground where he loves to hang out on the beach. BTW... he's a good 70#s last we heard...
Fleas and Worms
White kitten brought to us loaded with fleas and worms! A few warm baths later, medication and nutritional foods, we were able to find her a new home through our fabulous offsite adoption program. She currently resides with an older gentleman and now has two sisters to play with.
The date, April 23, 2011.. the number of kittens brought to us that day...38. Thirty eight hungry kittens in need of food, shelter and some, medical care. And that's just one Spring day. "Kitten Seaon" runs from late March through early July. Kittens are found under decks, in garages and abandoned houses. If we weren't here, where would they have all gone?
Over bred and never loved. This momma dog was bred over and over again and then left abandoned on the street when she was of no use to her owners. Her breasts ruptured, she was hemorrhaging and required multiple surgeries. Her demeanor could not have been sweeter even after all she had been through. We put her in a home where she is the queen of the castle... her own bed, bowls and exquisite collection of toys.
Puppies in a Box
You've heard about hoarding and we've seen it way too often. Here is a load of puppies from just one home where they did not believe in spaying and neutering. Soon, a concerned neighbor contacted us and with the help of the police, we were able to get these pups out of that home. Proper shelter, food, water, vaccinations and alot of flea medication was needed to get these poor babies ready for adoption.
Hit and Run Chihuahua
Hit by car found laying on the side of the road in the middle of the night. Road rash covered her body but this ol' gal soon recovered and now resides with a family that has two other Chihuahuas.
"Stitches" was brought to AWL as a stray laying out on the steets. His front left paw was "degloved". We were able to treat him with pain meds, antibiotics and we "stiched" him back up. Happy to report he is living the high life in a new home... far from the streets!
Meet our "little" Sheeba. Relinquished to the AWL for illness. Severely underweight and vitamin deficient, we came to find that Sheeba had multiple kidney stones. We removed a kidney and started to fatten her up. Sheeba is currently with a rescue group that is continuing with her medical care and hope to find her a new home soon.
Josh came to the shelter wondering the steets and dragging along his back leg. Nerve damage from some sort of accident was what our vets could determine. Staff decided amputation was the best bet. Josh is now happy, healthy and has no problem scaling the laps of his new adopted mom!
Meet our little Sugar Pie. Despite severe abuse which included strangulation, she wagged her tail at everyone as she walked in the door... as if she knew she was saved! Xrays showed nothing broken; just lots of bruising and slight head trauma. After a few weeks of TLC, medical care and cage rest, Sugar Pie found herself a new home where the only kind of holding “too tight” will be from the hugs of her adopters.
Carly was quite the curious cat and played with everything in her sight. Found herself in a tight situation with a ball of yarn. While her owners were out of town, yarn had become so severely tied to her front paw that it eventually needed to be amputated. Our vets were unable to save it.
This photo says it all! This dog was found running loose on the streets dragging her uterus behind her. Yes, her uterus. Still think spaying your pets isn’t necessary?! Our surgeon went to work and after intense surgery and care, she was saved from her painful ailment. She currently is living pain-free with a family and has two other dogs to keep her active!
Cat Attacked by Dog
Showing up at the wrong place at the wrong time. Our young kitty here found herself face to face with a dog that wasn't too keen on stray cats in his yard. She was rushed here to the shelter where we were able to stablize her, clean and treat her wounds, and eventually she found a new home. No need to wonder the streets in search of food.
Casper, our friendly Boxer, made his way to the shelter suffering sever mange and an abysessed tooth. He has been in care of our vets and technicians and is almost ready for a new home!
Coco has seen the worst of care and now he has the the best of care in a new home. Severely matted with a ruptured eardrum, Coco found his way to the Animal Welfare League where we immediately went into action to shave him down and care for his wounded ear. We didn’t even know Coco was a male until he was shaved down.
Hit by Car Chihuahua
"Petey" is our little sweetey! Came to us from a citizen who found him on the side of the road hit by a car. His breathing was shallow and his head not quite in the right place. Our surgical staff went into action and we were able to save his life. He still has a slight tilt to his head but it just makes you wonder what he’s up to. He is doing great in his new home and has learned to stay in the house and away from the street.
Sweet, Sweet Peggy Sue! When she arrived at the AWL, we didn't know if she was a boy or girl or if she could even see. The matting even covered her eyes. Under sedation, Peggy was shaved down slowly and carefully. Unfortunately, Peggy did lose her leg... it actually fell right off during the shave down. No circulation in her leg caused it become unattached. Our staff even found a tooth in the matting. After hours of tediuous work, a sweet, 1 1/2 year old Shihtzu was found under all that fur. When she came to, a new light and sparkle came to her eyes as if she was born again. And, she was… the day she made it to the AWL! Of course, she is now a spoiled living the life of a true beauty queen.
"Misty" was a young pup that walked through our doors and we immediately thought she had been severely beaten. After being sedated by medical staff, Misty was found to have a cancerous tumor in her face that had been left untreated. Misty was one that we weren't able to save but at least her last hours were spent in the hands of those that cared and that took away the pain. RIP
Donovan was found out on the streets with a large leather collar embedded into his neck. This young Rottweiler mix was taken into surgery to remove the collar and treated with pain meds and antibiotics. We are happy to report that he is currently living with a new family where he has found himself “paying it forward” with love and tenderness to a family member that uses a wheelchair.
Our gentle "Ben" came to us skin and bones. Unfortunately, he is one of dozens that come to us on a monthly basis. This gentle American Staffordshire Terrier took some time to fatten up... special snack was an occasional sliced up hot dog! Ben has learned the art of a cute head tilt to get just what he wants from his new family and his favorite thing is to rollover for belly rubs.
Lacey arrived at the AWL with severe third degree burns covering her underbelly. Strangely, it was reported that she had jumped into a hot tub of water. Even stranger... her feet were burnt. If they could only tell us their story themselves. Lacey was treated with the utmost care and attention for her burns. This young terrier mix was quite shy with our staff. We started taking her offsite for adoption events and her personality really shined thru... bright enough to capture the heart of a young family!
Hit By Car
Not able to dodge traffic too well, this Chihuahua found herself hit and dragged by a moving vehicle. The driver stopped and rushed her here! Suffering from shock, our little girl didn’t make a peep, but she was suffering from road rash, open fractures and bruising. Repaired by our skilled surgeons, she found herself recouperating in the home of one of our fosters... who eventually adopted her!