Possum Then: Highly Emaciated, hit by a Car, and Covered in Mange. We had seen this sad fellow on the side of Hwy 50 in Camp Hill, AL. The first time we saw him he had a spot about the size of a tennis ball of mange on his left ear. We tried unsuccessfully to catch him many times. Months went by. We finally caught him and the mange had covered his whole body. We could tell he had never experienced human kindness, he was very cautious of us both. He had three sets of worms. The vet said he had the worst staph infection of his urinary tract she had ever seen. She said we can put him down or the other option was to have a fairly expensive surgery.
He responded well to the surgery and is healthy and happy now. A very sweet boy. The surgery has left him unable to completely close his urine stream. He leaks some. It's not constant but you never know when he might dribble some urine. We have been putting doggy diapers on him when he is inside the house. He is neutered and house broken. He loves to play and will be a great companion with special needs! He will need a new owner with a lot of patience and understanding of his condition. We are in the process of solving the issues he is having with our vet. He will be adopted to an application approved home. He will need to be microchipped before his adoption. He is neutered and house-trained.
Rocco Then: He was found abandoned on a dirt road and very emaciated. We had to catch him in a trap because he was so untrusting of people, and it took months for us to get him to allow us to pet him at all.
Rocco Now: He is still very shy but has warmed up to us and other people enough to be petted. He knows sit and is housetrained. He usually sleeps in a crate or somewhere away from commotion. He likes it quiet. He would not be a good dog to have around children or a lot of change. He needs a regular routine. He does walk on a leash well and loves to go for walks. He does come on horseback rides with us too. His weight has to be watched and calories added when needed. He has gotten where we can brush him now with patience. He is a very introverted boy but a very, very good dog. He will make you a very good pet. He will need a lot of TLC and Patience in his new home but he will be adopted out to an application approved home. He is neutered and house-trained. He will need to be microchipped before his adoption.
America Then: He had the worst case of founder we have ever seen. He could not be ridden due to pain. This is a photo of his worse hoof, the front left foot. Our director had to wrap the hoof in a poultice with a bandage, duct tape, and a cloud boot every night during his first few weeks of hoof rehabilitation due to a quarter sized abscess that blew out on the sole of the hoof where his coffin bone of the hoof was tilted.
America Now: He can now be ridden. Can be lunged in walk, trot, and lope both directions. He is still showing very slight signs of lameness on the front left hoof that was so bad after his rescue. He is not fully recovered but he has made great progress and is on his way to full recovery in the near future. His hoof angles have improved so much, and he is a very happy horse again. He still has more rehabilitation to complete before he is up for adoption, but he is getting lots of love and attention from everyone at the rescue.
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