President Alison Shanahan with a Lee Shore resident
Founders Alison and Paulina review each Lee Shore resident's needs individually with regular assessments. Through a combination of personal attention from the experts and the care of well-trained volunteers, Lee Shore has been successful in rehabilitating and finding homes for dogs who would have been euthanized in other shelters.
Indigo, born at LSR's Maternity House
Indigo's mother, Blue, came to Lee Shore from a high-kill shelter in North Carolina. Many organizations in the south and across the country are unable to care for pregnant dogs, who are sadly euthanized. Thankfully, little Indigo and all seven brothers and sisters were born healthy and survived to be adopted into loving homes.
Longterm Lee Shore rehab resident, Harriet
Harriet came to Lee Shore pregnant with eight beautiful puppies. Sadly, Harriet was already desperately ill with parvovirus. It was a bad year, and shelters across the region lost dogs, Lee Shore being no exception. Harriet's puppies were weaned early for their health and hers, but all but two puppies passed away. After losing her puppies, semiferal Harriet retreated into anxiety and depression, not allowing any human contact.
Over the ensuing through years, LSR president Alison Shanahan has patiently nurtured Harriet's emotional needs. Her philosophy states that by meeting physical needs reliably and offering kindness as it is accepted will eventually work for almost every dog. Harriet has proved this theory, slowly progressing from hiding from human eyes and stealing food, to living indoors and accepting bowls prepared for her, to eventually allowing the occasional pat and even barking to let Alison know when she needs to go out.
The loss of her puppies did not extinguish Harriet's maternal instincts, and during her rehabilitation she has provided foster mother care for several premature and sick infants. In some cases, this has meant only giving love and warmth to help a little one pass on. In some cases, Harriet's nurturing has led to seemingly miraculous recoveries, including a pair of puppies who were cured of blindness and deafness, respectively, under Harriet's ministrations.
Lee Shore is one of very few organizations where the kind of extreme emotional rehabilitation Harriet needed is possible or even attempted. The fact that she has survived long enough to heal, and even to save other lives, is a miracle of modern animal welfare practices, and the reason Lee Shore was founded.