Animal Control to the Rescue for Tiny Tim
Imagine this: It is a raw New England winter day when most people are inside where it’s warm. A small, frail, elderly dog is running alongside a busy industrial road. Someone spots him and, sure that he will either get hit by a truck or suffer in the cold, notifies the local animal control officer. Needing a place to house the frightened dog who also appears to have health issues, the animal control officer calls Baypath.
This little guy was clearly in pain when he arrived so we rushed him in for a medical evaluation. He was found to have heart, dental, skin, and stomach issues. Quite a lot for a senior pup. He underwent dental surgery, was groomed and de-matted, received an echocardiogram and medication, and was treated for his skin ailments.
Perhaps most importantly, we placed Tiny Tim (yes, that’s what we named him!) in a loving foster home with Rich and Judy, a local family who not only tended to his medical issues, bringing him back to the shelter each week for a vet check, but also worked with our Director of Training & Behavior, Beth McLeod, CPDT-KA, to address some behavioral issues.
With Beth’s help, we were able to equip Rich and Judy, and later Tiny Tim’s future adopters, with the knowledge and skills to handle his anxiety. Rich and Judy showered him with TLC, helping him recover and get ready for adoption.
Dawn, his mom, renamed him Buddy, and says he is doing better every day –
He was quite subdued for a few days. It took patience but eventually we coaxed him out with food. We love him and are so very grateful for everything you did to nurse him back to health and then prepare him to live with us. Thank you!
We are grateful to be able to partner with our local animal control professionals who answer the calls for animals in need right here in our community. Our animal control partnerships are a critical part of a large network of animal professionals making it possible for us to ultimately give hundreds of cats and dogs the second chances they deserve!