Our rehab coordinator, Paulina, pulled this shell shocked-little girl from our local crowded Animal Control for a great lady who will provide “Lucy” with a wonderful home. Terrified Lucy needs some time and knowledgeable handling to feel better. Once she gets some socialization and vetting, she can go to her permanent home. This sweet girl was so frightened by the shelter environment that she was unable to move off her bed. So glad we have an adopter who stepped up to save this cutie! “Lucy” is one lucky girl!
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!
Our rehab coordinator, Paulina, came across Blossom’s story online. She was a senior cat of 12 years, both declawed and toothless, who was abandoned at the Rutherford County Animal Control shelter by her family. Understandably Blossom was terrified and “shut down.” Although Lee Shore Rescue was pretty dang full, our intake committee talked it over and voted that we could not leave her. So Blossom came home. A veterinary exam showed that she has painful arthritis as well.
Blossom is doing well in rehab. Initially she was terrified and painful. This made her reluctant to move. Once she got comfortable on some arthritis medication and got used to Paulina and her new digs, her sweet, purring personality showed through.
Blossom is very little trouble. She is an indoor only cat who eats canned food. She takes a daily arthritis medication. She is up to date on her immunizations and uses her litter box reliably. She loves to sit in a lap and would like to live in a quiet home. She is learning to walk on a harness and leash so she can safely go outside on occasion. Like all cats, she likes to hide in a box. Mostly she wants to feel safe and loved.
One thing about rescue, you are always searching for equipment and you are never “set up.” Every day is a new adventure is tearing down, moving stuff around, setting up and making do. We are always on the hunt for another kennel run, sturdy crates, and fencing. One day in 2017, our rehabilitation coordinator, Paulina and her husband CJ, answered an ad for a kennel run and were directed to an abandoned property that was boarded up.
Conferring by phone with the sellers, they did find a kennel run in the yard and were told to take the run and leave payment in an old car. Looking closer at the kennel, they realized it was inhabited by an underweight, anxious litlle mountain cur dog. This poor girl was left behind when the family moved. Another phone call and they were instructed to take the run and turn the dog out, which they could not possibly do. Paulina and CJ provided food and fresh water to Olive and continued to talk to the family. After phone conversations over two days, the family agreed to give Olive up. They were just not in a position to care for her. Mind you, we were trying to buy a run so that we could put a dog in it that we already had! And we did not want to take on any more vet bills! But what are the choices? Document the situation and turn it over to Animal Control or pitch in and help.
Olive was 2 years old and very sweet. She had severe parasite infestations and needed some time to lose her anxiety at the abandonment. Lee Shore Rescue built up her health and confidence, checked her heart worm status, spayed her , got her shots up to date and addressed any other health issues (fleas, ticks, deworming, etc.). Blessings to Paulina and CJ for going the extra mile to find out her situation and make it better for this sweet and lonely pup.
Olive was adopted by a loving young family in the Atlanta, GA area. She is living the life she deserves. What a happy girl she has become! Thanks for thinking of rescue animals!
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul…. Mathew 6:19
Our rehabilitation coordinator, Paulina, called a meeting of the intake committee and started a big, old fight. She had heard about Daphne, an 8-year- old, 8 pound, senior dog found straying. Daphne had severe dental disease and was in quite a bit of pain. She needed all of her teeth removed to the cost of more than $500. The Lee Shore Rescue intake committee had a spirited conversation about its finances and its current lack of $500. Scripture was quoted, a few names may have flown, and one woman of faith overrode the objections to throw a lifeline to a little dog adrift on a big sea. Ultimately Paulina was right. She asked a goodhearted vet to discount our usual discount, groomed, fed her up… With faith, she pulled little Daphne close, healed her hurts, Lee Shore Rescue financially scraped by for one more month and this sweet girl is adopted into a loving, secure 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.