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!!
Sponsor dog, Sasha, passed away peacefully on August 26th. We take a look back now, 2 months later, and honor the amazing dog she was. Her dad, Ronald, had her for almost 5 years and even though he mourns the loss of his girl, he reminisces with his wife on the wonderful times they shared together. Sasha earns the label of a strong survivor, she was born without a left kidney and had multiple urinary abnormalities. But because of her determination, she came out of surgery ready to live a joyful life – and she sure did! Ronald would take her on hikes in the mountains and let her run free on acres of beautiful land. We thank our sponsors for helping with providing her the best life possible. She was a fantastic, affectionate dog that we will forever keep in our hearts.
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
About a month ago we lost a very sweet Sponsor dog. He was the oldest dog that has been in the Sponsor Program the longest. Sixpence passed away peacefully in his home. His mom, Barbara, was saddened when she found her beloved “6P” at rest. Even though she mourns the loss of her delicate little buddy, she is so grateful to have had him for fourteen wonderful years. Here are some beautiful photos that Barbara shared with us.
Through a special diet and two daily insulin injections, her diabetes is manageable. With her horrific puppy mill past behind her, Karina is now being tenderly cared for by her Foster Mother Maria until the right adopter takes her home to be forever cherished. With the help of our generous Sponsors, Karina will live out the rest of her days as healthy and happy as possible. SPONSOR ME!
Xena does enjoy being active, however, she loves to cuddle up! The natural sunlight is a nice way to feel the warmth in the winter months. She can’t wait until the warm weather comes so she can play outside.