It only took one look at Zelda to know that her story would be a hard one to tell.
She was found emaciated, dehydrated, and wandering alone through the streets. Her white feet were stained yellow, and we could make out the bones along her back and ribs. Her feet were painfully swollen from infection, and we were heartbroken to see that her front paw pads were completely gone. Where the paw pads had once been, it was now a gaping mess of raw flesh filled with gravel and other debris.
We don’t know know how long she’d been wandering the streets in this condition, but the damage to her feet was extensive and the pain she’d constantly been enduring must have been excruciating. Despite this, Zelda was nothing but sweet, friendly and hopeful as we hurried to care for her broken body. She seemed to know that she’d finally landed in a safe place and that finally she was going to get the help she needed.
We’re not sure what circumstances led to Zelda’s current condition; like many of our dogs her past remains a mystery. However, what we do know is her future is now bright. We know that now instead of uncertainty, pain, and loneliness, she now knows hope, relief, and love. And we know that with YOUR help we can truly make a difference for Zelda, helping to provide her the opportunity to regain her health and to find her forever home.
Zelda’s immediate needs are being cared for. She’s receiving food, water, and medicine to help her gain a healthy weight and fight off the infection that is attacking her body. We are helping to manage her pain, and her feet have been carefully cleaned and bandaged. Our veterinarian thinks Zelda’s feet have been in a deteriorating state for a long while now, but we desperately need your help to find out what may have caused these wounds and how to help Zelda heal. In order to get Zelda the additional testing and medical care that she needs, we need to raise $500.
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Thank you for being the difference for Zelda and for helping her get the second chance she deserves.
Winnie was brought into our shelter last week by a kind member of our community who found him, hurting, injured, and in great need of help. It was immediately clear that this poor dog was in a lot of pain due to a disturbingly large wound on his head that appears like it may have been inflicted by a gunshot. We are treating his wound with the resources that we have, we’re making sure he’s comfortable, and we’ve placed Winnie under close medical observation. Despite the severity of his wound, Winnie has shown a positive, upbeat attitude through it all; he’s definitely showing signs of being the energetic, one-year-old that he is! However, due to some concerns with his behavior and a head tilt, we’re concerned that whatever caused his wound might’ve also caused some neurological damage. To best determine a beneficial course of treatment for Winnie, we need to begin with X-rays to see if in fact it is a bullet wound, and where it may be lodged, or if it’s something else altogether. Whatever the cause of his injury, Winnie will have a long road to recovery until his wound is fully healed.
Southern Pines Animal Shelter saved a total of 5,997 animals in 2016 and achieved no-kill status for the second year in a row with a 97.9% Placement Rate. This is a milestone in the 65 year history of the organization, making Southern Pines the largest open admission animal shelter to reach no-kill status in the state of Mississippi.
“We are so excited to be able to share this great news with our community,” said Ginny Sims, Director for Southern Pines Animal Shelter. “This accomplishment comes as a result of the ongoing support and dedication of a caring and compassionate community of donors, volunteers, partners, and supporters. It is only through their support that we will continue our mission and grow to accomplish more.”
Southern Pines is an open-admission shelter, meaning that the doors are always open for animals entering the program regardless of their age, health, or perceived adoptability. Since 2015, more than 12,000 dogs and cats have received the shelter and medical care they needed to find homes and families of their own.
This accomplishment comes through progressive shelter programs and services as well as the dedicated work of volunteers, fosters, community supporters, staff, and board of directors. Adoption programs designed to welcome adopters, create opportunities for support, and provide resources for pet care have helped the shelter to maintain high adoption rates. Innovative programs such as the Barn Cat and Healing Heart programs have also helped at-risk animals find homes through adoption.
Southern Pines has also established a transport program which helps pets move out of overcrowded shelters and into adoptive homes in other states. The program has been successful in drastically reducing euthanasia of at-risk animals, and Southern Pines now partners with 15 shelters and rescues across the state of Mississippi to help them place dogs and cats through the Southern Pines Transport Program. During 2016, more than 3,200 dogs and cats benefited from this program.
“Together, we have worked so hard over the last several years to really save more lives than we ever have before. We are proud to be a resource for communities around the state of Mississippi, and we have so many ideas and hopes for how to save more lives in the future,” said Sims.
Achieving no-kill status does not mean that animals are never humanely euthanized, but that euthanasia decisions are reserved for animals suffering from illness, injury, or extreme aggression which severely hinders their quality of life and the safety of the public. A 90% or higher placement rate is the nationally accepted no-kill standard, and Southern Pines has exceeded this qualification since December of 2014.
Other Key Accomplishments for the Southern Pines Organization:
The Southern Pines Spay & Neuter Clinic, which opened in 2009, has completed more than 40,000 spay and neuter surgeries to date. The clinic has saved more than 1.2 million lives by reducing the number of unwanted litters being born into Mississippi communities. Last year, the clinic launched a wellness program to provide low-cost healthy pet services to pets in need.
The Southern Pines Second Chance Thrift Shop, which opened in 2011, has raised more than $147,000 to save the lives of homeless, neglected and abused pets at Southern Pines. In addition, the Second Chance Thrift Shop is a vital part of the community and has also donated thousands of dollars in clothing and items to organizations assisting homeless populations and local at-risk youth.
Why is transport so important to Southern Pines?
You may remember little Chloe, the determined, opinionated, affectionate little dog, who'd lost the use of her back legs due to a spinal injury? When she arrived at our shelter, her situation seemed pretty hopeless. But with help from the community, lots of love and dedication from her foster family, and an effective rehab regimen, over the course of a few months Chloe slowly got back up on her feet and walking again. However, even with her marked improvement and exposure to potential adopters, Chloe still hadn’t found the home she was looking for. Hoping to find a perfect family for little Chloe, Southern Pines extended the search for her home by contacting our transport partners in Maine, and they agreed to host her while she looked for a home up there. Within just a week, Chloe was successfully matched with her
This is why our transport program is something that we at Southern Pines are so passionate about: it gives the animals in our care a greater chance at finding the forever home they all deserve. So far this year alone, we’ve been able to send 3,000 animals to adoption partners up north, to states like Maine, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
'Saving more lives than ever before!' is not just catchy phrase. It is the mission that our entire team is dedicated to.
It is an exciting program… and a necessary one. “Saving more lives than ever before!” is not just catchy phrase. It is the mission that our entire team is dedicated to, but it’s not without it’s cost. Providing our animals with this fantastic opportunity is an expensive one for our shelter: completely vetting the animals, the cost of drivers, vehicle maintenance, fuel expenses, etc. This #GivingTuesday, we’d ask you to consider donating toward our transport program, so that with your help we can give even more homeless animals, like Chloe, the chance at a happy new beginning.
I was told about a scared, unsure dog who needed to be taken to our Spay and Neuter Clinic, so I made my way through the kennels in search of the one who had been named Little Edie. When I approached her kennel, she stood up on her trembling legs and looked up at me with a fear in her eyes that made my heart hurt. I slowly leashed her and took her to the clinic not knowing what an impact I had made on this little dog simply by showing her a gentle touch and being patient. After she returned from the clinic, I felt connected to this little dog so I began working with her on a regular basis.
With some patience and treats, I believe that she would open up to someone else the way she has with me, but she hasn’t found that special someone yet.
After being here for quite a while, it became clear that Little Edie was not great at making friends with strangers, which unfortunately, isn’t a good problem to have when every potential adopter is going to be a stranger. With some patience and treats, I believe that she would open up to someone else the way she has with me, but she hasn’t found that special someone yet. Little Edie is also suffering from ringworm, a fungus that is contagious to people and other pets, but easily treatable.
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