Happy New Year!
I hope everyone got to spend the holidays with their loved ones; I was surrounded by my favorite staff and volunteers who came in on the holidays to give me long walks, extra special treats, and lots of snuggles! They also told me about a furry friend named Magenta.
When Magenta came to HSWM the Veterinary team knew something was wrong. At just nine months old, she couldn’t use her front legs correctly. She would regularly drop to her front knees and try to move by shuffling along that way - trust me, I know that’s not the way it’s done! The Veterinary team here worked to find out what was wrong and, after significant medical examinations, it was found she had a spinal cord injury that had healed but left this side effect. Dr. T decided the best course of action would be a robust physical therapy program.
One of our amazing volunteers (who I love too!) took her home with directions from our veterinary team and they began her physical therapy. After a few weeks, it was clear her physical therapy was working! Magenta was using her front legs like normal and running around like crazy! She was quickly adopted into a loving family that continues to work on her physical therapy and build her strength.
I love starting the new year with such great stories. As I like to say, Magenta has a new ‘leash’ on life!
Wow! I can’t believe it is already December! The snow has started to fly and the year is almost done. Where did the time go? Today, I wanted to tell you about my friend Scooby. Scooby came to Humane Society of West Michigan as a stray that was being fed by a kind citizen. It didn’t take the nice staff here long to see that Scooby needed help. Scooby had a large bite wound on his leg that looked infected.
We welcomed Scooby to the HSWM family and the veterinary staff began his examinations. Unfortunately, they realized the infection was far worse than initially thought. The infection had reached his bone and required that they amputate his leg.
The hardworking veterinary staff performed the needed surgery and hoped his road to recovery would begin, but Scooby was not so lucky. The infection had spread to his bloodstream as well and his body became septic. The HSWM staff worked around the clock giving antibiotics, fluids, pain medication, and continued love to help Scooby with hopes he would pull through.
It took a long time, but after 88 days in intensive medical care, I heard that Scooby was able to go to a loving foster home to finish his recovery. And, it was just a few short days later that his foster family realized he fit in perfectly and needed to be a permanent resident of their home!
Scooby is now deeply spoiled and adored - just like me! His past may have been filled with pain, but since the day he walked through the doors of HSWM his life has been changed forever!
Today I wanted to share with you all about my friend named Reign, who’s a real handsome guy!
Reign came to Humane Society of West Michigan under terrible circumstances. He had been at a nearby animal shelter where he was diagnosed with adult parvovirus, which is an incredibly dangerous, often fatal disease. While this disease is very preventable, Reign had not been vaccinated like I have. The shelter he had been surrendered to did not have the staffing or medical ability to treat him, and so his only options were humane euthanasia or hope another shelter could help him!
The good humans at HSWM work pretty darn hard and they immediately offered to take him into our care. Reign came in rough shape, but let me tell you, we have a great vet team and they hit the ground running with around-the-clock veterinary care of IV fluids, painkillers, and anti-nausea medication with hopes this sweet guy would make it through! Many of the days, it looked uncertain, and I worried that Reign might not make it, but after he was with us for a long time, he was well enough to be sent to a loving foster home to continue regaining strength. I hear that during that time he was able to heal from his illness and began to show his cheerful personality!
I overheard that his foster said “We ended our evenings with reading or TV on the couch, where he'd just lay next to me with his head on my lap and snuggle. He had a hard time learning "’stay’ but that is mainly because every time I moved he wanted to be next to me. He loves to give kisses and I taught him to do a couple of licks under the chin when I said it!”
It was shortly after I heard that, on one of my walks, when they told me that Reign found a loving forever family and started his new life! I was so happy for him! Reign is just one example of the thousands of animals that come through our doors each year and Humane Society of West Michigan is able to provide the life-changing care needed to place them into loving fur-ever homes! Without support from people like you, I wouldn’t be able to share happy tails like these.
Thanks for being a great human who helps furry friends like me! Can’t wait to share more stories with you soon!
Meet Our Paw-fessional Blogger!
If you don't already know me, my name is Bunny and I am a permanent resident of Humane Society of West Michigan! I have been a beloved pet here for over 10 years. I live at HSWM because of some limitations I have that would make it hard for me to live outside of the structured and loving environment here. But don’t worry - I get about eight walks a day, I always have the comfiest kennel full of blankets and stuffies, I get loved on by all the staff and volunteers, and work hard to help train the humans around here!