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.
Blog articles are written by staff and volunteers of Southern Pines Animal Shelter.