One of the most rewarding parts of rescue is the follow up stories of our adopted animals... we always love to hear how the animals are going in their furever homes. Some animals come into care having had a very rough start in life or have come into care in very poor health and we have had to put in the extra TLC and veterinary care to ensure their rehabilitation. When these special animals find their forever homes it is a major milestone and highlights the dedication of our foster carers.
Sammy: Came into care at 5 weeks of age with his brother Scooby, both were covered in fleas and bloated with worms. Their first bath must have felt like heaven, as Sammy looked at me and wagged his little tail to say "THANKYOU!". The pups were extremely sick and dehydrated from the worm burden they were carrying. With lots of TLC, medication and rehydration therapy the pups pulled through and found loving forever homes.
William: Rescued from a puppy farm, Will and his furkid family came to RADAR full of fleas, worms and badly matted fur. After a life penned up the Maltese dogs and pups were quite wary of people and understandably scared. After time in care William became his carers shadow and it was a trusting bond that could not be broken. So Will adopted his foster carer and remains in a life of love! Its taken 18 months to re-build Williams trust in humans to the point now that even visitors and young children can cuddle and pat our gorgeous blue eyed boy (a major achievement for a dog that used to run away at the slightest noise).
*This article contains information that may be distressing to some readers
Narla's Story: By Cheryl McCormick
I was called to a house that was being cleaned out after the occupants left. Seems their relationship had broken down and they went their separate ways, leaving her family to empty and clean the rented property. The caller said there was a dog and puppies and some dead puppies in the back yard and neither of the previous tennants wanted the dog. When I arrived I found an emaciated mastiff cross girl about 2 years old defending some barely squirming puppies in a makeshift wooden kennel in the backyard. There was evidence that they had tried to feed mumma dog with two minute noodles and uncooked fish fingers - doubtless what was left in the fridge as they cleaned it out. There was probably no dog food in the house.
The kennel had a mostly dirt floor and two filthy rags for bedding. Using a catch pole I gently coaxed out mum and led her to the vehicle. She walked okay once she got going but she was obviously very distressed. It was only when I returned to the kennel for the puppies that the full extent of the horror came over me. There were 6 squirming pups in the dirt and flies with the smell of rotting flesh very evident all around. The bedding was stained and there were obvious dead pups amongst the debris. I climbed inside and began to pull out the live pups and crate them up for the trip to the pound. They looked to be about 2 days old. Once these were removed I began to remove the smelly rotten bedding and the dead pups were amongst the dirt and rags. I counted 5 more here and there was another dead one some distance from the kennel and the people told me that the other dog had been eating some of the dead ones and that there had been 16 in all!!! Maggots were evident on the bodies of the dead pups and afterbirth and umbilicus clung to the smallest ones - hopefully these had been born dead.
Once they were loaded in the vehicle I called by my house to pick up some clean bedding for the little family and took them to our pound where I knew they would be clean and on a heated floor.
**** Finally after many weeks of intensive care for Narla and her pups Ned, Trooper, Brock, Bazza and Koda, all survived and have recovered from their ordeal. Many hours of care from Cheryl and Alex saw the little family thrive and eventually beautiful homes were found for all the pups and sweet Narla. A wonderful outcome....this is what rescue is all about! ****