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.
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.