Donut came from Dallas Animal Services, where he landed after being found as a stray. Wherever and however he had been living, it had been hard on him. He was missing his left eye, and had radial paralysis of his left forelimb. Despite all of that, he was still a pretty happy dog.
Because Donut was also cryptorchid (meaning he had undescended testicles), he required a total of three surgeries… abdominal surgery to neuter him, enucleation surgery on his left eye, and amputation of his left front leg. These surgeries were expensive and outside of our normal medical budget.
Our adoption of the week is Smiley the Smiling Pit Bull. Our mission focuses on animals with lower perceived adoptability and Smiley has three things working against him: 1) he’s solid black, 2) he’s a pit bull, and 3) he’s 4 years old. Smiley is a nice dog though, full of energy, and would make a great companion to someone who’s looking for a larger dog.
We often see dogs that have aggression issues and people speculate “I think that dog has been abused.” The fact is, however, that while a dog can be conditioned to fear certain situations or objects they generally do not carry a lot of fear, sorry or self-pity around with them. We can learn a lot from dogs in that regard.
Merida was brought to us by a municipal animal control officer who had been investigating her cruelty case. She had been tethered outside with another dog who, sadly, was deceased. The tether was wrapped around her knee, and her leg was necrotic from the knee down. When she came to us her leg was infested with maggots, she was dramatically underweight and we did not think she would make it. Even then, though, she was wagging her tail. A good attitude goes a long ways.
Merida is now certified for “animal assisted activities,” what some people call a “therapy dog,” so that she can visit hospitals and schools and teach people that you just need to keep waggin’.
Animal Hope opened its doors as a standalone shelter on February 1, but existed in the form of two separate rescue operations previously.
One of those organizations was Tugg’s Pink House of Wuff, a 501c3 rescue organization founded by two municipal animal control officers… Kim and Blake Ovard. Inspired by Tugg, a bull terrier puppy they found in desperate straits and who has since gone one to star in a comic book, make appearances on the Rachael Ray show, Cowboy Stadium, and ComiCon among many others, and inspire others to not give up in the face of adversity.
The other organization was Animal Hope, a small rescue operated out of Animal Hospital Southwest. As the municipal veterinarian for the city of Fort Worth, Animal Hospital Southwest frequently pulled difficult cases that the city was not equipped to treat and rehabilitate due to budgetary and time constraints.
From these organizations was born the Animal Hope shelter, a rescue focusing on rehabilitation and “second chance” adoptions.