When Angel first came to BDAR we used words like "unbelievable" and "horrific" to describe what had happened to her. Despite what we were seeing right before us, it was really, really difficult to imagine the events that had transpired to cause her numerous (nearly 20 broken bones) injuries.
But, as time moves on, we've come to see her in a much different light. She is sunshine and laughter and forgiveness and unity. This little dog, (who, according to her DNA test results is in fact a tiny pit bull mix), has endured terrible abuse. Yet she continues to shower anyone and everyone with endless kisses. She clomps around the adoption center in her cumbersome splint likes she owns the place. She rolls around on her back and demands belly rubs with sassy barks and snorts of contentment.
She reminds us why its important to stand up to the darkness. She proves to us every day that the work we do here, and your generous support of it, are profoundly important and meaningful.
Angel is only one of many special needs pets we are currently caring for. There's also Clyde, who came to us last week from NM. It appears Clyde was hit by a car at some point and he has a long scar from his shoulder to his pelvis and two broken ribs. He also has a neurological condition which makes him walk funny, throwing his feet and legs out to the side as though he isn't quite sure where they are or how to move him. We can only guess at what's happened to cause this, but given the area of the country he came from the most likely scenario is that he's survived the viral disease distemper. His condition is likely to be permanent, but only goes to show what a tremendous fighter the little guy is.
Then there is 5 month old Wentworth, a catahoula mix puppy who was born in an animal shelter and came to us at 10 weeks old with pneumonia. Despite months of ongoing treatment, it still hasn't cleared and he's beginning consultations with a specialist this week.
And Elwood - a senior schnauzer mix who won't walk on his back leg. We are still investigating the cause of his discomfort.
Did we mention the ringworm? Tiny two month old heeler mix Bart arrived with this unexpected fungal infection. It's not life-threatening, but it is highly contagious and will take weeks to clear.
At any given time, a great number of animals are being treated for various medical conditions at BDAR. Addressing any treatable condition is part of our fundamental philosophy when it comes to adoptions. It also means we depend heavily on our veterinary partners and on you to support those expenses. Thank you, so very, veyr much, for helping to ensure every animal who comes here gets every possible opportunity to find their way - happy and healthy- into a forevr home.