A kind community member contacted Lee Shore Rescue about extremely pregnant Madison. She was lost or abandoned and surviving in some woods behind this woman’s house. The lady had started to feed Madison, but was not in a position to keep her, and could not convince Madison to be touched. Madison would come and be friendly but stay just out of reach.
Our rehabilitation specialist, Paulina Putnam, spent an intense week working with Madison to get her into care. Finally Paulina was able to bring Madison in-just 3 days before she had 11 puppies! The rigors of living rough, even with the food support of our kind Samaritan, left Madison exhausted. Without medical intervention and “midwife” support, she in all likelihood would not have survived the birth of her babies.
Madison’s babies are now 6 weeks old and thriving. Madison is doing very well. She is in rehabilitation working on her trust issues. She is a kind and loving girl. She enjoys being in a home-so much! She still has a little trouble coming that last foot to someone calling her when she is outside. Based on her behavior, it seems likely that a previous owner, has gotten frustrated and been rough with her when she came when called. This has convinced her that coming at call is dangerous and she is afraid of it. With a little time, this intelligent and sweet girl can learn to trust again and will be up for adoption.
Dolly was a stray puppy who wandered out of the woods into the yard of a kind woman who did not have much extra to share. “Louise” had a modest rental home with a yard and she had a big heart. She fixed up a safe space in a shed for Dolly, fed her, kept up with her flea issues and loved her. What Louise had, she shared. And so things went for a couple of years. Dolly was a happy dog, who felt loved, and was comfortable in her world. She had a litter of pups each spring, Louise did all she able for them and found them the best homes she could.
In the Summer of 2017, Louise took mercy on “Doris,” a friend who had hit some hard times. She invited Doris to stay with her until she could get herself together. And then disaster struck: Doris accidentally started a house fire and Louise found herself homeless. Although she tried, she was not able to find a place which would allow Dolly and her current 2 puppies. Sadly she contacted us through Facebook. We arranged to take Dolly and the babies to give her time to search a bit longer for housing that would suit them. In the end, Louise had no choice but to give Dolly and the babies up.
Lee Shore took Dolly in and gave her the medical attention which was not affordable for Louise. She was spayed, immunized and started on heart worm treatment. She was already a very nice dog, but she was given some time in a foster environment to learn house life. She became leash trained, crate trained, house trained… And what did Dolly get for Christmas? A secure new home with a loving family!
Joy Shanahan is a student at Appalachian State University with a passion for community service. She can be found in the dance studios at ASU or researching helpful animal tips for Lee Shore.