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.
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.
We are so saddened to report the passing of Sponsor dog, Charley. This precious dog passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family. Charley was comfortable and laid to rest without any suffering.
We warmly welcomed one-and-a-half year old Charley into the Sponsor Program in 2005. He suffered from paralysis in his hind legs from a severe spinal cord virus that could have taken his life. With the proper vaccinations and medical treatment, Charley was given the life he deserved. Despite his lack of mobility, Charley would always have his tail wagging and was such a sweetheart. His family and especially his human sister, Christina, would shower him with hugs and kisses. He brought so much happiness to the family that misses him deeply.
Although they are heartbroken at their loss, Charley’s family told us they are very grateful to have had so many memorable years with this special dog. They are so thankful to all of you who sponsored him. For those who sponsored Charley, we will select a new sponsor pet for you to love like your own. Remember, Charley had a wonderful life because of you – thank you.
Ellie joined the sponsor program in 2003. Dear Ellie came into our care as a puppy suffering from a devastating neurological disease and was not expected to live very long. When little Ellie walked she often stumbled and lost her footing. Her petite body shook with uncontrollable tremors.
Joan Mancuso, a medical center employee, couldnâ€™t wait to take the youngster home to give her the best life possible, for as long as possible. Joan is so grateful to have had ten wonderful years with Ellie, who was such a sweet, energetic and obedient gal. Ellie loved life – and every person and dog she ever met! Joan will always remember Ellie curled up on her bed, her favorite spot in the house. â€œI may have given Ellie a home, but she gave me so much more. I was so lucky to have her in my life.â€ Joan said.
All of us here at Animal League America extend our heartfelt condolences to Joan, her family and all of you, her sponsors, whose generosity enables us to give animals with special needs the lifelong care they deserve and need. Thank you for all you do and will continue to do.
Christina, Charleyâ€™s adopted mother, is happy to report that Charleyâ€™s acupuncture treatments seem to be helping him; she sees an improvement in his personality. He goes once a week for a half hour treatment, then its home for his physical therapy. Letâ€™s hope all this hard work with Charley will make him pain free and able to move around easier. The veterinarian that is treating him found a sore on the inside of his leg. Christina puts a special salve on his wound daily then he has to wear a cone when she leaves for work so he wonâ€™t lick it off. Good news, Charley just turned 7 and Christina threw him a birthday party! Five of his best doggy friends were all present. She had a special doggy cake made for him. Christina said â€œI love him so muchâ€. With all the time she needs to care for him, we know she loves him very much. Thank you for your support of Charley. Thank you Christina for your love of Charley.
North Shore Animal League America regrets to inform you of the passing of our sweet and spotted canine friend, Lucky.
Lucky joined the Animal Leagueâ€™s Sponsor Program in 2006. He was suffering from urinary tract stones, liver inflammation and lower intestinal issues, which required lifelong care. He was also hearing impaired.
Though Lucky faced many health challenges, he always maintained a pleasant and happy attitude. His tail was always wagging and he never passed up love and affection. His inherently joyful nature made every day a beautiful day.
Only a short time ago, Lucky started developing large stage IV tumors, which required to be surgically removed. He had several surgeries, but had difficulty healing. He spent much of his time in and out of the Animal Leagueâ€™s Medical Center, but treated them more like social visits than doctor appointments, as he had many friends who were always happy to see him. Even in his final days, his tail never stopped happily wagging.
On February 19, 2011, Lucky passed away at home peacefully in his sleep.
The Animal League is forever grateful for Luckyâ€™s family, friends and sponsors. Their love and support gave Lucky a very happy and full life. I know we all agree that having Lucky in our lives was a blessing. And though we will miss him deeply, we feel so very â€œluckyâ€ to have known him.
The Sponsor Team
August 2010: During the summer months Charley finds it difficult not to get overexcited and playful. So to keep him cool his adopted mother, Christina, took him to the pool for the first time. She held him tight since this was a new experience for Charley. She was surprise how calm he was considering he was never in a pool before. Sometimes he over exerts himself, and his family makes sure to provide him with some pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort he may have with his legs. Then at the end of the day he will curl up with Oreo to rest and perhaps take a nap together.
September 2010: We are happy to report that Charley is in very good health. He was at the Animal League recently for a photo shoot and was as handsome as ever. His adopted mother, Christina, was happy to bring him in and show him off. It is a stressful time when he has to leave the security of his home, but all in all we could see he liked being the center of attention. The camera crew was so patient with him. We are happy that Charley is in a loving home.
October 2010: Charley is a very handsome black Labrador mutt-i-gree (mixed breed dog) and we are happy to report that he in good health. Now with the cooler weather here, he spends more time in the backyard under the shade of his favorite tree. He adores his adopted mother Christina. When she comes home from work, heâ€™ll yelp until she comes over to pet and hug him. Charley is eating well and enjoying all that life has to offer.
Dear Valued Friend,
North Shore Animal League America regrets to inform you of the passing of our beloved and royal canine companion, King Fritz.
Fritz became a member of the Animal Leagueâ€™s Sponsor Program in 2006 when his owners passed away and he was left alone. Frightened and confused, the Animal League rescued Fritz from his unfortunate situation.
We found that Fritz had numerous health problems including, dental disease, severe arthritis, a dry eye condition and bladder stones. But it only took one look into his huge, sweet eyes to know that we would care for him forever. Not only was Fritz given all the medical care he needed, he was also given a new family to call his own.
As one of the most senior dogs in the Sponsor Program, Fritz was awarded the title of â€œKing.â€ King Fritz was a very distinguished gentleman. His small frame showcased a handsome apricot-colored Pekinese coat, which was only rivaled by his particular brand of charm.
It comforts us to know that King Fritz led a full and happy life. He won the love of many people and enjoyed what each day had to offer. King Fritz was a little dog with a huge heart, and everyone who knew him will miss him dearly.
The Animal League would like to thank Fritzâ€™s family, friends and Sponsors for caring for him so lovingly. We will remember our fuzzy friend forever, and we know that all of you will, too.
The Sponsor Team
7/30/10 – Animal League Photo Shoot – Sponsor Dog Ellie!
We had a photo and video shoot here at the Animal League, and Ellie was one of the shining stars of the shoot. The camera crew made a big fuss over her. Ellie is so sweet. She has been enjoying the summer with some restrictions her adopted mother has imposed; keeping Ellie inside, against her will, to make sure she was kept cool on the hottest summer days. Ellie wasnâ€™t always pleased about this since she loves lounging outside on her doggie bed. Ellieâ€™s mother, Joan, makes a point to take her for short walks and never hesitates to let Ellie lay outside under the shade of a tree when the weather isnâ€™t too hot.
We are happy to report that Ellie is doing well. She still has plenty of energy and gets very excited when she knows she is going out for a walk. The good news is she hasnâ€™t shown any symptoms of the brain tumor in a long time. Ellieâ€™s adopted mother, Joan, tells us she just loves her time out in the yard and every now and then sneaks away for some lounging on her new weather proof dog bed, as long as itâ€™s not too hot. She gets plenty of exercise chasing around the other sibling Mitsy â€“ her best friend â€“they will play tug of war with some toys! Ellie usually puts up a good fight because she loves her toys and really doesnâ€™t want to share, but then after all is done Ellie will curl up with Mitsy for a nap together.