Ten years ago I was researching ways for Animal SOS to help our companion animals outside of having a shelter. I knew there was a lot of need and just had to decide where to start. So as I look back on what Animal SOS accomplished in 2020 I am humbled. The village that has come together in support of our efforts faced a year with extraordinary challenges yet they amazed us with their passion for this work.
Your generous support was a crucial element in our work. With over $300,000 in medical expenses alone, we depend on you to be able to continue. We love being able to answer the call of animals in need even when we know it might get complicated. I couldn’t decide on one story to share, so we have two.
We started the year in January with Fiji, now named Jude. He came to us as a very young puppy, only a few weeks old, in horrible condition. His eyes were severely ulcerated and had to be removed. Lack of nutrition caused his legs to bow from rickets and of course the usual intestinal worms and skin conditions. He’s our first dog to make it to The Dodo Facebook page. You can see him living his best life here in his new home thanks to our partners Paws and Affect Rescue in Illinois - https://fb.watch/3dIkv5d4To/.
Later we met Supra, dumped on the side of a road unable to use his hind end. During our consultation with the veterinarians at Auburn, it was determined he had a serious spine infection, Discospondylitis. The discussion was more about stopping the progression, not expecting much improvement. Yet we had to give him a chance for some quality time. Battle for the Bully, a wonderful Tennessee rescue, agreed knowing his recovery would take more than six months and not being certain how successful it would be, they agreed to take him under their wing. Here’s a video taken six weeks after we met him showing off his moves - https://fb.watch/3dJg8zG2qe/ . He has continued to improve and now is looking for the right home.
Thank you for your compassion for our companion animals and your support of our efforts!! We hope you will continue to answer the call of animals in need during the coming year.