August 19, 2012

Ripley Biscuit

Ripley was brought to Angels of Assisi by Botetourt Animal Control, with an awful looking tumor. He had surgery, and spent 2 weeks in our clinic recovering.  Biopsy results were not good, and we knew that a hospice foster home would be needed.

Thankfully, Ripley went home to live out his last chapter this afternoon, and we are eternally grateful to his new family. We'll be sure to share this good news with Botetourt Animal Control Officer Thrasher, who saved him earlier this month.

We wish his prognosis was better. But at the end of the day, to be treated respectfully and surrounded by love is more than enough. We thank his new family for providing those things with joy in their hearts. 

Sophia's New Kitten

Sophia and her mom arrived to check out the $25 cat and kitten spacial at Angels of Assisi this afternoon. By chance, they had an empty carrier in the car, "just in case".

Good thing they did.

Smile at each other. Smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other- it doesn't matter who it is- and that will help to grow up in greater love for each other."
~ Mother Teresa


August 6, 2012

Bentley Biscuit

When I was in nursing school, we had to do many research projects, and our inaugural one was to find out what a patient's perception of "caring" was. What is it that professionals project that showed they care?

My partner and I went through the various studies, and also formulated a questionnaires for our unsuspecting, yet willing to particulate, hospital patients. What is caring? Good bedside manner? Good communication? Patient education? Answering the hospital call bell quickly? Keeping the family involved? Being a good listener?

While all those things are undoubtedly important, the top attributes of a caring professional included:  an excellent skill set, proficiency, and knowledge.

Thankfully for a little dog named Bentley, he was tended to by a group extraordinarily caring professionals last Friday, and because of them, he is alive today.

Unable to walk. Bentley was carried into our adoption center late Friday afternoon.  Dr. Phillips took one look at him, and immediately sprung into action by starting IV fluids, administering a Vitamin B shot, and checking vital signs. As Vet assistant Jess took his temperature, she started pulling maggots off of the thermometer; he had them internally, in wounds under matted hair, and in his eyes. Bentley's gums were pure white, and a blood draw showed his counts were so low that it was doubtful he would survive.

Animal Control was called, and Asssi staff continued to work on Bentley. Roanoke ACO Gibson arrived shortly, took control of legalities of the situation, and gave the go ahead for Bentley to be transferred immediately to Emergency Vet Services.

The car ride to EVS was scary; one of those driving with one hand on the wheel and the other on Bentley's heart, willing him to hang on.

We arrived at EVS, and the staff was ready, waiting, and amazed that he was still alive. Fortunately, our Angels of Assisi Vet Tech, Courtney, also works at EVS. She helped with Bentley when he first entered our clinic, and we followed her over to EVS.

Courtney was the one who had the skill set and knowledge to insert the catheter into his neck that ultimatley saved Bentley's life. Getting a catheter big enough to allow a blood transfusion is no easy task, especially in an animal as compromised as Bentley.

About one third of the way into his transfusion, Bentley sat up, then stood up, and he has been pretty self sufficient ever since. Officer Gibson was in to see him at EVS, and in again to see him after he was transferred back to Angels of Assisi on Saturday. Bentley has already benefited from some volunteer TLC, and we are hopeful that he has a very bright future.

This awesome little dog is a fighter, no doubt about it. We're thankful to the caring professionals, Dr. Phillips, Jess, Courtney, and ACO Gibson for using your skill sets, proficiency, and knowledge to save his life. Teamwork at it's best!

August 3, 2012

The Story

If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story. 
Orson Welles

Max was abandoned at the Roanoke Dog Park because his owner could no longer afford to take care of him. We don't know if she was being completely careless, or if she thought leaving him in a place full of dog lovers would give him the best chance of finding a new home.
Animal Control officers brought Max to the Roanoke Pound (RCACP), and found the lady who left him at the park. She confirmed that that she could no longer keep him, as she could barely take care of herself and her children.

RCACP staff did a great job of making contact with another family member, who lives out in AZ. Reece was very thankful that he was notified, and wanted us to know Max's story.

Come to find out, Max was a victim of a rash of poisonings out in Mexa, AZ, and almost died. He made the news several times (click here and here) and is lucky to be alive. Parks are supposed to be happy places for dogs to enjoy and run free, but Max has certainly had his share of trouble in these areas of recreation.

Reece has arranged for Max to be transported back to Arizona on Wednesday. Unfortunately the  RCACP leadership could not guarantee that Max would be kept alive until Wednesday, so he'll be heading over to Angels of Assisi for safe keeping this afternoon.

Who would have guessed that this abandoned dog at the Roanoke Pound had such a story, and what are the stories behind all the other faces peering out from behind the bars on Baldwin Avenue? Thank you, Max, for reminding us of this, giving us a new dedication to find out, and working harder to make your stories have the happy ever after you all deserve.

August 2, 2012

Biscuit Update

Baby Girl was rescued from the Bedford Pound. Due to her skin condition, she has the infamous yeast smell that the Biscuit Fund was named after. Her foster family reports that she on about a million different medications, and seems to be gaining her strength back.

We think she is just beautiful, and send out many millions of thanks to all who have helped with her care.

"Do I love you because you're beautiful, or are you beautiful because I love you?”
~ Richard Rogers 

All In A Day

Things have been bustling as usual down at 415 Campbell Avenue, and we would like to take a moment to thank all of the wonderful volunteers, foster homes, and contributors to the cause. Everyone has helped in their own way, and all the pieces fit together just right. Here is a tiny snapshot from yesterday...

Dog toys galore, and volunteers using them for shelter enrichment. 

Donations to the Biscuit Fund helping cats like this little girl receiving medical treatment in our clinic.

Help with transport, cleaning, and care of additional cats from Botetourt County.

Dog walkers and trainers working on other areas of shelter enrichment, and preparing the dogs for new homes. 

Dog treat donations from our friend Lila!

Help with little Taz, shown here settled in for the night.  

Betty, another kitty helped by the Biscuit Fund.

Stocked shelves, thanks to the VA Hospital's Christmas in July Fundraiser.

A record 95 adoptions in July...

...with a great start to August, thanks to the new application volunteer team!

A friendly reminder sign in the adoption center, and yes, we do!

"Wish it, believe it, and it will be so.”
~ Deborah Smith