When a shelter in the Cayman Islands contacted us about a dog named Blaze, who had been tied up and abandoned at their facility, we just knew we had to make him whole again. That meant transporting him 1,500 miles to our campus where we began assessing Blaze’s disability: Blaze’s leg was amputated at the wrist that still allowed him to walk on it. So by the time he arrived in New York our veterinarians noticed the bottom of his leg was badly bruised and tattered. The good news, though, is that because Blaze had been using his leg, he was a perfect candidate for a prosthetic leg. Blaze’s happy and easy-going demeanor made it simple for our veterinarians to work with him. After weeks of perfecting Blaze’s prosthetic leg it was time for him to experience life at a different pace. Even though Blaze is having great success, he will still be monitored and will undergo physical therapy to ensure his leg can properly function in the prosthetic. With the help of our Sponsor Pet Program, Blaze is able to receive all of the medical care he needs for the rest of his life. Sponsor Blaze!
Hats off to our amazing medical team. They are a group of incredibly talented, patient and intelligent veterinarians that save so many innocent lives. One story of an innocent life saved is the story of Sponsor pet Bradley.
There is nothing more adorable than a bond between a child and an animal. Especially when that animal almost didn’t survive. Ranger was born with melanoma on his paw that was discovered after he was adopted. When his dad brought him back to the League for an examination there was question of his survival and lifespan, his dad had the option to find another healthy dog. But it wasn’t until his daughter said “dad, you wouldn’t give up on me if I was sick” and at that moment he knew he had to keep Ranger and support him through his journey to recovery. And sure enough, Ranger came out of his surgeries wonderfully and feeling great. Now, Ranger loves to run and play! He loves to give kisses and receive hugs from his favorite person, his sister! SPONSOR RANGER
A lot of our Sponsor Pets have canine or feline buddies – there is nothing better than a fellow comrade! I love when our pet parents share stories about dynamic duos such as Chachi and his brother Fleetwood, Xena and her friend Max, and Rockstar with his pal Loyal. Having a companion to keep each other company is simply the best, especially for our Sponsor Pets. These animals have endured so much and having a friend is great for them to feel just like any other dog or cat!
With Halloween just around the corner, we have a sneak peek of Sponsor Dog Alfredo’s costume! He wore this costume at a local fair this summer and won an honorable mention award for his creativity of adding a sprig of basil on his Penne Alfredo costume – he had EXTRA Alfredo! Dressing up your pet for Halloween is always okay as long as they are comfortable, something simple is perfect. A dog like Alfredo who is so mellow and sweet doesn’t mind showing off his true personality. All of the kids in the neighborhood always stop his mom when going out for walks just to play with the little guy! And even after all he has endured with all his extensive ailments, he is always happy. Life is good. SPONSOR ALFREDO!!
After recently moving to Long Island City her dad found a few really nice dog parks that Sandy can run and play. She is always so popular with all of the dogs at the park. They all love to chase Sandy to the top of the rocks, her dad was able to capture the moment in a perfect photo – Sandy and friend looking out at the city buildings. Some may agree or disagree with Sandy’s love for the New York Yankees, she too is going to miss the captain, Derek Jeter. No matter what team you cheer for, you must admit she looks excellent in her bandana!
Karina is an adorable Shihtzu rescued from a puppy mill in late 2013. Karina sadly was forced to have litter after litter in terrible unhealthy conditions which resulted in her developing diabetes and becoming blind. But her life sure changed for the better when she was brought to safety. In just a few months she transformed into this loving, sweet dog. It’s truly amazing. She has a wonderful disposition and is so adorable and kind. Her foster mom, Maria, really gave her the attention she needed – and we can tell it’s working! Maria, her sponsors, and our veterinarian staff all make rescues like Karina’s possible. Click this video to see Karina (aka Daisy) in action!>>> Karina Visits North Shore with Buddy
Coco, recently renamed Chachi by his adopted family, is an adorable six-month-old terrier mix
Mutt-i-grees®. He was rescued from an overcrowded California municipal shelter in October 2013. Coco would have been euthanized if he wasn’t brought to the safety of our NO-KILL campus. This precious puppy suffers from incontinence and bowel trouble, which a neurologist determined was most likely due to an injury rather than a congenital defect. Because of this bowel trouble, he can’t fully empty his bladder, which would lead to him having occasional small accidents. Coco has to wear diapers, but on the bright side, they don’t seem to bother him at all! Simply by rubbing his stomach, his bowels are able to move. These issues will not prevent Coco from having a full, happy and healthy life, but he will require lifelong care.
We were delighted when Coco was adopted into a family. The most recent update from his human dad is that he is doing great! Coco is fun, inquisitive, mischievous, and happy. He gets along really well with his brother (4 year old dog named Fleetwood) and is a joy to be around. His human parents are super people and have the knack for changing his diaper, which is done a few times a day.
With the help of our generous monthly Sponsors, we welcome Coco with open arms and will continue to provide him with a wonderful life.