Many of you may remember following little Thurgood's story on Facebook and many of you donated to this little fella's care. On Jan. 23 this little terrier mix was found outside the shelter on the side of the road, clearly severely injured and wearing a home-made splint on one leg.
After an initial exam, we asked for help raising money to have Thurgood's leg x-rayed. You all came through for little Thurgood, and off he went to the vet's office. Unfortunately the splinted hind leg was damaged beyond repair, the other hind leg had a fracture, and his pelvis was fractured in two places. He had likely been run over by a vehicle.
Thurgood's right hind leg could not be saved, and he underwent an amputation. The veterinarian felt that given good care and lots of rest, his other bones would heal. We did our best to keep Thurgood comfortable, but we knew this little guy really needed a relaxed environment where he could recover.
Thankfully a family came forward and offered to foster Thurgood until he had recovered well enough to be adopted. The two other small dogs in their home must have known Thurgood was hurt and so they were on their best behavior, being very friendly and very gentle with him. He settled right in and within a few weeks his amputation wound had healed and his other bones were healing too.
You probably know the end of this story! Thurgood was just such a great fit for this family of stay-at-home parents, with no human kids, and two little dogs -- that he got adopted last week! So this little guy is in his forever home getting all of the love and care that he deserves.
We want to extend a big thank-you to everyone who donated to Thurgood's care -- our shelter budget can't handle veterinary and medical expenses above and beyond routine care of the cats and dogs in our care -- so donors like you allow us to do right by the animals that grace our doors. If you would like to make a donation to help us continue our lifesaving work, you can donate here: http://www.southernpinesanimalshelter.org/donate.
In January, Southern Pines Animal Shelter collaborated with the Humane Society of the United States, our wonderful HSUS State Director, and the Pearl River County Sheriff's Department in seizing almost 60 animals from deplorable conditions. These 40 small breed dogs, 11 gerbils, 1 rabbit, 2 chickens, 1 horse, and 2 turtles are now safe and receiving medical assessments and care, grooming, and lots of love and attention.
These animals will now have a second chance, free from the horrors they once knew. Many of the animals suffered from overgrown nails, matted fur, missing teeth, and other medical issues. They will now receive the care they need and the time to regain their confidence. These efforts and the ongoing care of these animals come at a price, and we are in need of donations from our wonderful community of supporters. If you can donate to help with the care of these animals, please do so by visiting http://www.southernpinesanimalshelter.org/donate.
We are saddened by the loss of those lives we did not make it in time to save; we are so hopeful for the bright new lives that those who were saved will have; and we are determined to continue working with law enforcement officials, animal advocates, and our community of supporters to put an end to animal neglect and suffering in our state. Together, we are making a difference for animals in need.
Blog articles are written by staff and volunteers of Southern Pines Animal Shelter.