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    A lil' miracle at the animal shelter

    I work at a no-kill animal shelter, we currently have over 300 furbabies and alot of them came to us through horrible means (thrown over our fence, dropped off at the door in the middle of the night, chained to the mailbox) you name it, it has probably happened. Well last night as we were leaving, someone noticed a box under some shrubbery a good piece away from the door..and they noticed the box was moving (it was all nicely sealed up with a few holes punched in it ) anyway..when the box was opened a little peek-a-poo poked her head up, we took her inside and took her out of the box....we gave her food and water, but she could not use her back legs, she was dragging them behind her....they were lifeless! However her tail has not stopped wagging. This morning we got there and she was still moving the same way, a volunteer bathed her and found 2 ticks on her and removed them. At 5:00 this evening she started trying to walk, at 6:00 she was walking. She had tick paralysis (I had never heard of that). We see some pretty bad things very regularly...this little dog is like a beacon of hope to people that do what we do. Most likely she was "gotten rid of" because of her condition, and it turned out to be so easily solved. Please, keep in mind that is is summertime...check your furbabies often for ticks.

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    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww I hope she find a great home...along with every other animal there...They so deserve it!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda7NJ View Post
    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww I hope she find a great home...along with every other animal there...They so deserve it!
    She will, the small ones always get adopted very quickly.

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    I grew up on a farm and we always had a pack of dogs-the one I "adopted" as my own as a child had this happen once. All of a sudden he could not stand up and was dragging his hind legs around....the vet who came out to care for our cows told us it was some sort of an illness animals get from eating roadkill or something that's been dead for a while-maybe some sort of a bacteria or something that forms in the carcass? I was just a kid then and heartbroken over my dog, so I kept him on the porch in a box and nursed him back to health-gradually he began to be able to use his hind legs again and soon was up and running with the other dogs. He was the best dog I ever had as a kid....

    That was probably one of those childhood things that influenced me to become a nurse when I was an adult-I will have to do some research to see if I can find out what exactly causes it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaylorJ4 View Post
    I grew up on a farm and we always had a pack of dogs-the one I "adopted" as my own as a child had this happen once. All of a sudden he could not stand up and was dragging his hind legs around....the vet who came out to care for our cows told us it was some sort of an illness animals get from eating roadkill or something that's been dead for a while-maybe some sort of a bacteria or something that forms in the carcass? I was just a kid then and heartbroken over my dog, so I kept him on the porch in a box and nursed him back to health-gradually he began to be able to use his hind legs again and soon was up and running with the other dogs. He was the best dog I ever had as a kid....

    That was probably one of those childhood things that influenced me to become a nurse when I was an adult-I will have to do some research to see if I can find out what exactly causes it.
    Awesome story Taylor! As for the tick paralysis, I have since learned that the saliva of the tick contains a neurotoxin...which adversly affects the nervous system when bitten... sometimes. It can also happen to humans. Would be interesting to find out what is was that happened to your dog.

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    Glad she's better!

    My sister had a chocolate lab (named Hershey) that got tick paralysis all the time. My sister would remove the tick and a few hours later she would be up and running. Very strange!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MsPooh View Post
    I work at a no-kill animal shelter, we currently have over 300 furbabies and alot of them came to us through horrible means (thrown over our fence, dropped off at the door in the middle of the night, chained to the mailbox) you name it, it has probably happened. Well last night as we were leaving, someone noticed a box under some shrubbery a good piece away from the door..and they noticed the box was moving (it was all nicely sealed up with a few holes punched in it ) anyway..when the box was opened a little peek-a-poo poked her head up, we took her inside and took her out of the box....we gave her food and water, but she could not use her back legs, she was dragging them behind her....they were lifeless! However her tail has not stopped wagging. This morning we got there and she was still moving the same way, a volunteer bathed her and found 2 ticks on her and removed them. At 5:00 this evening she started trying to walk, at 6:00 she was walking. She had tick paralysis (I had never heard of that). We see some pretty bad things very regularly...this little dog is like a beacon of hope to people that do what we do. Most likely she was "gotten rid of" because of her condition, and it turned out to be so easily solved. Please, keep in mind that is is summertime...check your furbabies often for ticks.
    Oh what a blessing - bravo to you!

    If I could I'd take in all the little lost dogs and kitties - I am such an animal lover.

    I just adore stories like this -- thank you!

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    Great story and kudos to you for working at a no-kill shelter. I hope that all of your animals find homes. I have a stray who I found a home for but he's back. I don't dare call animal control because I know what will happen to him as he bites (not hard) at times. Last night, he was trying to make his absolute best impression on me . . . he was rolling on the picnic table, where I was sitting and putting his paw on me like I was his best friend. I feel so bad but he doesn't get along with my other (four) cats and honestly, I cannot afford another cat. I tried all the shelters around here but they are full. He deserves a home and I can't give him that.

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    When we are at capacity (which we seem to stay at), we refer anyone with cats (or dogs) to someone that can take them in...usually it is an individual. Call your local no-kill shelter and they may be able to help you in that way. Not all of them have the resources though, but it is worth a shot. And really, don't feel bad about it..you have given him alot of your time and love, which he may not have gotten elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgardner View Post
    Oh what a blessing - bravo to you!

    If I could I'd take in all the little lost dogs and kitties - I am such an animal lover.

    I just adore stories like this -- thank you!

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    Me too! My heart just breaks for all the animals out in the world that are hungry, lost, hurt or abused. If only I could save them all.

    A great story!


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    Well I can without the shadow of a doubt say that I absolutely LOVE going to work each and every day! Truth of the matter is alot of our dogs & cats (we have 300 plus) will be with us for life. I so wish that they could all find forever homes, but that isn't the case. Sooooo, we make sure that each and everyday they all feel special..individually....I work with 30 of them myself exclusively. Each zone has from 20-40 dogs that have their "human" everyday. We work off donations alone, no government funding whatsoever. By the grace of God..day by day things work out. We have run out of food completely..put the word out and have so much food we have to find places to store it. But it goes quickly. We are in an old rundown building that needs improvements sooo badly, the furbabies really could care less what their big doghouse looks like. But we would love for it to be more comfortable for them, in time maybe it will happen..but for now to them..it's all good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgardner View Post
    Oh what a blessing - bravo to you!

    If I could I'd take in all the little lost dogs and kitties - I am such an animal lover.

    I just adore stories like this -- thank you!

    Mel
    I'll second that it's nice to see something with a happy ending! At least whoever it was dropped the little baby off at a no-kill shelter where she'll be taken care of, instead of several other much less humane options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MsPooh View Post
    Well I can without the shadow of a doubt say that I absolutely LOVE going to work each and every day! Truth of the matter is alot of our dogs & cats (we have 300 plus) will be with us for life. I so wish that they could all find forever homes, but that isn't the case. Sooooo, we make sure that each and everyday they all feel special..individually....I work with 30 of them myself exclusively. Each zone has from 20-40 dogs that have their "human" everyday. We work off donations alone, no government funding whatsoever. By the grace of God..day by day things work out. We have run out of food completely..put the word out and have so much food we have to find places to store it. But it goes quickly. We are in an old rundown building that needs improvements sooo badly, the furbabies really could care less what their big doghouse looks like. But we would love for it to be more comfortable for them, in time maybe it will happen..but for now to them..it's all good.
    Bless you for all you do for God's innocent creatures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MsPooh View Post
    . Most likely she was "gotten rid of" because of her condition, and it turned out to be so easily solved. Please, keep in mind that is is summertime...check your furbabies often for ticks.
    I would rather think they were on their way to the door and didnt make it before they heard or saw someone coming so set the box down farther then they would of liked.I would also like to think whoever had this puppy dropped it off because it needed attention they could not afford for it so decided to leave it at a no kill shelter hoping to be offering the puppy most honestly (imo) the best chance they could of offered it. I am not saying it is right but if it was my puppy i would of thought my kids did something ACCIDENTLY to it and no amount of'' no mommies'' would of convinced me otherwise. I wouldnt be able to bear another vet telling me surgey 1900.00 or death (it is a bussiness after all ) so I would do exactly as the puppys owner if i was broke and cared about the puppy.

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    God Bless You!!
    I volunteer for a non-profit spay/neuter organization and have fostered many, many (kitty) furbabies and I applaud your amazing efforts.
    Sending hugs and good wishes your way..........

    Rainy XOXO

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