This pet rescue story is an entry in the Most Heartwarming Story Contest, by Helen Woodward Animal Center. The Most Heartwarming Story Contest is open to any and all participating Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays pet organizations. The winner will win $500 for their facility or rescue! Your organization can become a Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays partner today. This story will now have an opportunity to be featured in the finalist pool in February, 2014.
Abandoned Puppy Thrives After Illness
By Pawfect Match Rescue and Rehabilitation, located in Holly Springs, North Carolina
Kinkaid found his way to Pawfect Match Rescue and Rehabilitation by way of a good samaritan who found Kinkaid and his sister wandering on the side of the road, apparently abandoned. Within an hour or two, another three siblings were found, along with their mother. By the time the pups were eight-weeks-old, all of them had homes waiting for them after the adopters had been through our application and screening process. Kinkaid was fortunate to have worked his way into the hearts of a family of five that included children ages 7, 9, and 14, plus a gregarious two-year-old-dog named Sophie.
Unfortunately, Kinkaid’s family would find that their wait for him had just begun. As adoption day approached, Kinkaid was diagnosed with pneumonia. When he went for his vet visit, no one expected that he would spend the next 10 days there fighting for his life. In fact, his condition worsened and he stopped eating. Kinkaid was kept in isolation at the vet because no one could determine the origin of his pneumonia and the vet was concerned that, despite all of the attention the vet staff was giving him, he was getting depressed and giving up. He was moved to the 24 hour emergency practice for the weekend so that he could be monitored around the clock. The situation looked quite grave at that point, and we all wished that there was more we could do to help.
Pawfect Match volunteers started organizing visits to see him and hopefully to give him a reason to fight. For a few days, there was literally one volunteer after another lined up for visits. Some could spare only 45 minutes on their lunch break from work, others came late at night when their schedules allowed. His new family also visited and inquired about him often. With all of these visitors, Kinkaid was able to start spending most of his time outside his crate at the vet, playing on a blanket with us on the floor of the tiny isolation room. Volunteers held him so he could watch out the window as the boarded dogs were let out into the play yard. We fed him by hand and brought toys and other goodies to raise his spirits. Each volunteer who visited posted an update on his status, as we all rooted and prayed for him. Kinkaid started eating again and finally his chest congestion began to improve.
Kinkaid was finally able to join his forever family within two weeks of leaving the hospital. They would still need to continue a complicated drug regimen and the nebulizer treatments, plus continue to take him in for chest x-rays on a regular basis. This was all much more than they had originally signed up for, but as his new dad said at one point, “We’re already in love with this boy so there’s no turning back now.” It was hard to say who was happiest that adoption day, Kinkaid, his new family, or his new dog sister, Sophie, who immediately decided he was just the best thing ever! Kinkaid (or KK as his family calls him) was so happy to play in his beautiful fenced shaded yard and immediately figured out how to push open the porch door to go in and out of the house at will with Sophie.
Everyone in the rescue thinks it was worth all of the time and money to save this precious life. Pawfect Match devotes themselves fully to every dog in their care and will continue to work toward full payment of Kinkaid’s veterinary expenses. Kinkaid continues to do well and his family reports that he has fit right in and is loved as much as we could hope for any of our dogs.
Our thanks to Carefirst Animal Hospital for providing life-saving care to Kinkaid and for their donation of discounted services. Also to Angel Wasserman of Paws in Training who found a home for the mom of these pups, sponsored her spay surgery and other medical expenses, as well as providing free training for her new family.
During the 2013 Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays campaign (Oct. 1, 2013 – Jan. 2, 2014), participating animal organizations are encouraged to enter heartwarming adoption success stories. Submissions can be made weekly by snail mail, fax or email, and at the end of each week Helen Woodward Animal Center will select a winning story to be featured on this very blog! After the campaign ends on Jan. 2, 2014, the weekly winning stories will be compiled into a pool and voted on by partnered organizations, animal welfare fans and the public. The story with the most votes will win a $500 donation for their animal organization and will be announced on Helen Woodward Animal Center’s blog in February, 2014. For more rules and guidelines, please click here.