Earlier this year, I started volunteering for City Dogs Rescue as Communications Director. CDR Director Darren emailed me about a need for help with Facebook for 5-8 hours a week. I was eager to get involved and agreed to help out with this fantastic organization. I have enjoyed this rewarding experience that has taught me so much about the sad state of animal shelters in our nation. By my own volition, I have helped out as many hours a week as I'm able from anything from volunteer organization to the website and more recently to rescuing my first dog.
Recently, Laura, a volunteer and donor, reached out to me in regards to some dogs scheduled to be euthanized in Logan County, West Virginia. She offered to foster the dogs until adoption despite already having two of her own. At this time, we had three adoptions and had some space to take on more dogs (a rarity for any rescue in the summer). After talking to Savannah a volunteer in Logan County, we learned the urgent dogs had found rescue. However, Savannah was worried about several other dogs that were at risk of death just hours after we spoke. After seeing a picture of three redtick coonhound puppies that were dropped at the shelter and scheduled to be put down, I was devastated.
Savannah worked with Rita, a local foster, to get the puppies out of the shelter as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, we were too late in many respects. After speaking to Savannah (who lives an hour away from the Logan County Dog Pound and fosters approximately a dozen kittens at a time), I learned that two of the pups did not make it. We initially believed they had succomb the tragic parvo virus.
Upon arrival to DC, Andy was all smiles when he met me and my best friend Elyse. It was clear that he really was a fighter and that he had a heart of pure gold. He immediately showered us with kisses and cuddles.
After the vet, I took Andy to City Dogs Daycare to get feedback from our directors Dave and Darren. Since his white blood cell count was very low and he was very thin, we decided he needed additional treatment. With the help of Alissa, we took him to South Paws in Fairfax where we spent the rest of our night. The dewormer from CityPaws had already begun to take affect and the vets were amazed by his energy. They gave him additional medications but we were grateful to hear that a blood transfusion wouldn’t be necessary.
I knew Andy would find a good home in no time because he has a way of stealing your heart instantly. Susan and Rob were a great family to foster him during his recovery because they have three other dogs and an excellent track record of fostering. The minute Susan met Andy, he leapt into her arms and pretty much stayed there. He did, however, enjoy his foster sister Lola quite a bit!