Compassion is the foundation in our mission at All4Paws. Many of the animals we take in have medical issues above and beyond the normal vaccines and spay/neuter. These are animals not typically saved and destined to be another euthanasia number at a crowded shelter. This could be anything from treatable diseases to severe issues that require surgeries, months of treatment, recovery and rehabilitation. With proper care, love and compassion, these dogs and cats branded as Unadoptable become loving companions, ready for their “forever” homes. Please read below about just some of our success stories.
Moe is a loving min pin mix that came to All4Paws from a high kill shelter soon after the hurricane. Once he arrived it was very obvious that he had something very wrong with his legs.
When we reviewed the x-rays it was clear that our little guy would have a long road to recovery. He had a severely dislocated knee that was a result of a previous broken leg and both of his hips were underdeveloped. Not only would he have to go through knee surgery, but he would also need to have his hips corrected! We were so upset for poor Moe, but he did not miss a beat. Instead, Moe hopped around the exam room and gave everyone kisses!
This spunky dog has recovered from his surgeries to correct his knee and hips is living in his forever home.
Iris was found by local animal lovers after a month of attempts to trap her and then pulled for rescue from a county shelter by All4Paws. Upon arrival it was obvious Iris was very malnourished. Her first day at All4Paws Iris spit up all the food she was fed. It was thought this could be caused from travel or stress so she was treated for upset stomach.
The second day at All4Paws her ability to process food had not improved. Thanks to our observant staff, Iris was quickly rushed to a local vet knowing Iris had more than just an upset stomach. The first exam suggested a large growth or tumor in her chest. Realizing Iris’s condition was critical, she was taken to Veterinary Specialty Care in Mt. Pleasant on March 8th.
What was thought to be a large growth or tumor turned out to be a very enlarged esophagus – a condition referred to as Megaesophagus. Iris was born with her aorta on the wrong side of her esophagus and the scar tissue that forms around the aorta after birth instead wrapped itself around the esophagus, causing it to balloon and not allowing food to reach her stomach. Iris had become malnourished and almost died because food could not reach her stomach.
Initial treatment was to insert a feeding tube to help overcome Iris’s malnourished condition and strengthen her for corrective surgery. The hits kept coming, though. Iris’s blood pressure dropped several times, she aspirated twice, developed pneumonia, and then, when you thought she couldn’t have anymore thrown at her a tear in her esophagus was discovered and she had to have surgery to repair that.
Dogs with Megaesophagus must eat several small meals a day, upright in a vertical position and stay in that position for 10-15 minutes afterwards to ensure food properly travels to the stomach. Realizing that dogs like Iris do better in a special dog high chair, an effort was made to obtain one from a not-for-profit that made them (baileychairs4dogs.com). Not being able to obtain a dog high chair in time, a volunteer stepped up and custom built one. Iris quickly discovered that the high chair was THE place where food happened and quickly adapted to it. X-rays taken before and after the use of the high chair substantiated the value and need for it.
On Saturday April 8, Iris went to her AMAZING foster home with foster mom, Andrea, and foster brother, Stanley. Andrea stepped up to the tall task of caring for Iris and Iris and Stanley greeted each other like old friends.