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Half-way Home received a call about a puppy had been found with bullet holes and dying. Doing rescue for over 20 years I was skeptical, however as soon as he arrived he had in fact been shot, multiple times and left for dead on a gravel road rarely traveled.With a gaping hole in his muzzle and pallet, maggots, other wounds, emaciated and listless weighing only 11lbs, we thought “This guy is never going to make it”. He got a dose of capstar, warm bath, which he began drinking, so we offered him a bowl of cold water.He drank the water as it poured back out of the hole in his muzzle. I offered him sliced ham which he refused. A little coaxing he agreed to try it and HE LOVED IT! Ate several slices, then we loaded him for his trip to the vet.When we arrived at The Animal Care Clinic, our suspicions were verified by x-ray, he had been shot multiple times. We left him for treatment under the premises that “we will do what we can”. When asked what his name was going to be, I hadn’t picked one, so I let them give him a name and Chance he became.He spent weeks there enduring multiple surgeries to repair the gaping hole. Surgery after surgery, Chance was a trooper, learning to trust people, food would daily, that love was a two way street!Today Chance is happy and healthy thanks to the dedication of this team.
Since becoming a no-kill shelter we understand that we will be dealing with many dogs who previously may not of had a chance at life in our facility. I am thankful to say that today at the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri every life has a value and we work hard to make those lives as joyful and comfortable as we can. Even when that life may only have a short while left. There are times when we can only provide an animal with a loving end to their lives but there is value in that. For those who followed the story of Elvis, the senior dog who came to us after his family left him tied to a tree with a bag of Doritos, here is the rest of his story...Elvis was with us for several weeks, we did a compelling story on FB that went rather viral. Many said they were shocked and some even said they were on their way to get him...but no one came. While he was with us Elvis had a great time in playgroups with other dogs and getting lots of special attention. But we knew he needed a home. We tried everything we could to find that home for him. We reached out to fosters and other rescues to find him an option...but no luck. Finally, after several weeks a sanctuary for seniors, High Tails Animal Sanctuary, stepped up and gave him a forever home where he slept in the same room with the founders, ran and played in the backyard with other dogs, and lived a great life. Sadly, it only lasted for a few weeks. We received news a week ago today that it was discovered that Elvis had an adrenal tumor in his abdomen by his liver and they lost our sweet Elvis. Though Elvis has left this world we are blessed to know that his last weeks were filled with joy and love. It is because of the HSSWMO, and everyone involved, board, staff, volunteers, donors and our friends at High Tails Animal Sanctuary that we were able to make Elvis' last days joyful. Working together we can make a difference...we did for Elvis.
Prince is an approx 8 yr old silver Weim. His story goes.....His owner passed away and he was handed off to a family member that already had 9 other dogs. Their dogs didn't like him very much. It's a little unclear as if he ran away or was dumped by the new family, he was never reported missing. He was found wandering in a camp ground over 3 weeks later. It was less than 2 miles from his first families home. He was thin, his hair was brittle and course, he had a horrible UTI and was wormy. But he was a happy boy, just wanting to be loved on. Prince has some other issues also....he is very arthritic in his shoulders, knees and hips. He walks like a Bulldog because of the arthritis. He is also leaky with incontinence. We have tried the only script available for it and the homeopathic remedies but they haven't worked. So he wears a belly band or sports his camo diaper. But he is happy. He does the Weimy lean as you pet him. He has 3 fur siblings and his choice of 3 huge beds or the couch to sleep on. He will never have to wonder if he will have dinner, a warm home, treats or most importantly, LOVE. He is home.
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