Archive for the ‘Past Sponsor Dogs’ Category
Friday, November 1st, 2013
Happy Ellie, what a beautiful smile!
North Shore Animal League America sadly reports the passing of Sponsor dog Ellie on October 9, 2013.
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, couldn’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. “I may have given Ellie a home, but she gave me so much more. I was so lucky to have her in my life.” 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.
Ellie and Brother Shrink-A-Dee cuddling up!
Ellie with Brother Shrink-A-Dee and Sister Sophie ready to bound down the stairs!
Sweet Dreams Ellie & Brother Shrink-A-Dee
Ellie enjoying some fresh air in the backyard
Happy Ellie, what a beautiful smile!
Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
North Shore Animal League America regrets to inform you of the passing of our sweet and spotted canine friend, Lucky.
Lucky joined the Animal League’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 League’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 Lucky’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 “lucky” to have known him.
The Sponsor Team
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
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 League’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 “King.” 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 Fritz’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
Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
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 wasn’t always pleased about this since she loves lounging outside on her doggie bed. Ellie’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 isn’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 hasn’t shown any symptoms of the brain tumor in a long time. Ellie’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 it’s not too hot. She gets plenty of exercise chasing around the other sibling Mitsy – her best friend –they will play tug of war with some toys! Ellie usually puts up a good fight because she loves her toys and really doesn’t want to share, but then after all is done Ellie will curl up with Mitsy for a nap together.
Thursday, March 25th, 2010
These photos of Lucky were taken on March 24th at North Shore Animal League America’s Tour For Life 2010 kick-off event!
January 2010 Update
: Lucky’s foster mother Vivian reports that he is doing great. He never ceases to amaze her. When she was putting up the Christmas tree, Lucky managed to jump up on the couch and cuddle with her niece. He did this knowing quite well that he’s not allowed on the furniture. The moment Vivian gave him “that look” he quickly jumped off. Lucky often acts just like a kid and it fills us with great joy to know that he can benefit from a good quality of life thanks to your commitment to the Animal League’s vital Sponsor Program for animals with special needs.
February 2010 Update: Lucky is doing well. He has trained his foster mother’s fiancé to let him out every half hour when they are home. However, when he’s home alone, he can sleep for eight or ten hours straight without the need to be let outside. Obviously, this is one smart deaf dog! He also has figured out how to spit out his pill which they sometimes find elsewhere throughout the day.
March 2010 Update: No news is always good news for the Animal League’s special-needs pets. Lucky has been doing well and there is nothing eventful to report. Health wise, he’s doing fine. However, he must have a feeling that his foster mother will be going on vacation soon, because he is acting out and showing signs of not eating a lot and not wanting to go outside as much. And we know how much Lucky loves to play and run the course of the backyard any chance he can get.
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
Ellie & Friends
We are happy to report that Ellie is doing well. She still has the energy of a puppy and gets very excited when she knows she is going out for a walk. However, her foster mom recently had a surgical procedure and wasn’t feeling too well and Ellie nuzzled up with her for a little rest and relaxation to make her feel better. But, Ellie loves her time out in the yard and needed to sneak away for some lounging on her dog bed while the weather still permitted. Soon the snow will be falling and little Ellie will be stuck inside gazing out through the window.
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
Dear Friend and Sponsor,
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching,we are reminded to be grateful for all that we are so fortunate to have: our health,our loved ones, and of course, our pets. Life is so fragile and fleeting that we must remember to be thankful everyday for those who are dear.
It saddens us to inform you that we must say goodbye to a dear sponsor pet, Nina. Nina joined the Animal League’s Sponsor Program at only 6 months old. She had very weak ligaments in her legs, pneumonia and diabetes melitus. Sadly, Nina’s diabetes led to blindness, and eventually, she developed an ulcer in her eye which led to the loss of that eye. But through all the inconvenience, all the doctor visits and all her health troubles, Nina never failed to take into account what was important to her – her family and her life. Always a faithful friend and loyal companion, Nina was a wonderful dog and cherished pet. She loved her life, and we loved her in our lives.
The Animal League would like to send our deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Nina. We share in your grief. We are thankful to have known Nina – even for such a short spell – and to have had the opportunity to care for her for almost her entire life.
For all the wonderful animals, and the love they so selflessly give, weare truly thankful.
The Sponsor Team
Thursday, September 17th, 2009
Ellie and Peanut getting ready for a nap!
Thursday, September 17th, 2009
Ellie, hanging out in her favorite bed!
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
Dear Sponsor Pet Parent,
Over the years, North Shore Animal League America has been fortunate enough to rescue and care for many wonderful animals. Our Sponsor Program pets with special-needs are no exception. Because we care for them their entire lives, we build special bonds. We share in their joys and in their sorrows. And when one of them passes on, it affects us all.
It is with a broken heart that we write to you today to inform you that on June 24, 2009, our treasured Hurricane Charlie passed away. As his name suggests, Charlie came to us as part of the Hurricane Katrina rescue. Charlie had heartworms and an upper respiratory infection; but even worse, Charlie was in the late stages of kidney disease which required daily medication and special food. He also had some behavioral hurdles to overcome. Charlie seemed fearful of men and possessive of his food. The Animal League suspected possible physical abuse in Charlie’s past, as fear and worry are often common indicators. Charlie had a difficult beginning. Charlie was in the Animal League’s care for more than a year before a family inquired about him. They fell in love with his poignant story, and they fell in love with him. Hurricane Charlie started a new journey – rescued from Louisiana, nurtured in New York and then off to California with his adoptive family.
Lovingly known as Charlie Bear, he spent his days strolling on the beach and in the orchards, playing in the sand or searching for golf balls and being adored by his new family. Thanks to the patience and loving determination of his family, Charlie Bear was a changed dog. From love, his behavioral issues subsided and he learned to trust again.
Though Charlie’s early years were trying, his latter years were filled with love and adoration. Hurricane Charlie’s illness took him from our lives, but he forever lives in our hearts and his story will always grace the pages of North Shore Animal League America. We were blessed to have known him.
The Animal League would like to extend our deepest sympathy to his adoptive family, his Sponsors and to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.
The Sponsor Team