When a homeless dog, who was suffering from a severe case of mange and a skin infection, wandered into a fire station on Tuesday, the firefighters of East Cleveland Fire Department knew they needed to get her help. According to Kim Wendel of wkyc3 News, “Fire personnel immediately called for help and a Good Samaritan took her to Crossroads Animal Hospital in Strongsville.”
Desperate dog knew where to look
Lt. Mike Celiga told wkyc3, the dog followed around one of his men for hours. He also said this isn’t the first time a stray has wandered into the station. “Unfortunately no tags, no license, no collars, sometimes they have a rope tied around their neck.”
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Now safe, recovering and even has a name
It was reported by wkyc that the dog is believed to be a 5-months-old Pit-bull mix, that probably once had a home. The sweet dog will need months of treatment before she can be spayed and vaccinated.
Wendel quoted Dr. Samantha Siclair of Crossroads as saying, “You see the dog that’s there, you want to say “eww gross” and judge, but underneath all that “eww gross” is just this sweet beast and a sweet animal that deserves love and care and it’s just hard to understand how she could’ve gotten this way.”
The dog had cuts, skin lesions and parasitic mites ever since she was a puppy, reported Wendel. Dr. Siclair diagnosed Demodex. Read more about this skin condition here >>
Wendel said Pit-bull rescue organization, Muttley Crue, will help,newly named Sistine, settle in foster care. We’re hoping for a speedy recovery for little Sistine!
Our Site has reached out to Crossroads and Muttley Crue Rescue for further information on Sistine’s progress, check back for updates soon.
If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.
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Some of our favorite hometown heroes saved the day again. This time it was for a tiny, four-month-old Pug puppy! The little guy and his family had traveled from Texas to Butte, Montana to enjoy the Christmas holiday.
However, this peppy Pug must have watched too many Christmas movies because he took a play right out of Kevin McAllister’s playbook and “accidentally” escaped from his family just as their vacation was beginning.
If you’ve ever owned a Pug, you know three things to be true:
The Pug, whose name remains unknown, was reported missing on Christmas Eve. It’s a classic move for a Kevin if you ask me.
The little guy’s family was of course devastated by his disappearance, but they held out hope for a Christmas miracle. As the wandering Pug presumably began making his way to Duncan’s Toy Chest, he ran into a bit of a pickle.
The curly-tailed escapee had wandered into traffic on Butte’s Harrison Avenue. The busy street is home to a Wal-Mart, an airport, and multiple large chain stores including a Petco (well played, little pug). You can imagine the volume of traffic, especially during the holiday season.
He found himself dodging traffic, but luckily the local fire department was able to help. Like Santa’s big red sleigh at the break of dawn, their rescue truck rolled up just in time to pull off one last Christmas miracle. Plus, the locals were kind enough to stop traffic in order to spare the little guy’s life.
The terrified Pug stopped and hid under a car and firefighters were able to pull him out unharmed. He was given to the Chelsea Bailey Animal Shelter where he could be kept safe until his family could be reunited.
“He’s in great shape, he’s a young dog and he seems to be OK, we’re going to get him to the vet and update some vaccinations for him and get him back to his owner and he’ll be all good to go,” Butte Animal Control Officer J.D. Santifer told KXLF News at the time.
Thanks to the kind locals who stopped traffic, the firefighters who sprung into action, and the animal shelter who gave him a warm place to wait, this little guy was happily reunited with his family to ring in the new year!
Beautiful Bianca had lived on the street for 7 years, but she needed help and a quick home … Watching her rescue made me so emotional!
A street dog named Bianca lived on the streets of Greece for several years until her condition called Degenerative Myelopathy began to form her limp a couple of months ago. But when rescuers at SPAZ, the dog rescue organization, found out about her, she was close to rescuing and finding home in record time.
Valia Orfanidou of The Orphan Pet wrote:
“I only met her two weeks ago and her rescue-rehome story is the fastest and most incredible ever. Degenerative myelopathy is what first made her limp months ago, and because the months glided by, she was getting worse and worse, until she was unable to face her legs and began to pull the back of her body. She has been cared for for years by many people who work nearby. Many people working nearby are taking care of her for years.
“She had a house made of wooden planks, they fed her – probably overfed, which makes her condition worse – it is one of the most important problems when many people look at wanderers, some have purchased her x-rays et al. for a replacement wheelchair. But the road was not an area where Bianca was often safe.”
“It was not so easy. A dog like her can’t be in a shelter, can’t be in a clinic, can’t live anywhere else but in a home – and finding a home for a paralyzed, 7-year-old, 30-pound dog wasn’t easy. In fact, it almost looked impossible, but Bianca got very lucky.”
Watch Bianca’s touching story within the video below. It’s heartwarming to ascertain that Bianca are going to be as happy and as healthy as possible for the few months she has left.
Sometimes life’s failures come with a silver lining. Take Odin, for instance. When the 5-year-old dog flunked out of police training, the German Shepherd’s career was clearly over. But Odin was apparently destined for an equally noble calling: rescuing a firefighter, Robert, and his family from despair.
“We had a series of tragedies happen,” Robert’s wife Barbara told Waggle, recalling those heartbreaking months when her husband lost both of his parents. The grieving couple was still struggling to process their loss when their beloved dog died from an aggressive form of cancer. “There was so much sadness,” she said.
But when Barbara and Robert heard about Odin, they knew the failed police dog deserved a second chance. Robert rushed to adopt Odin and bring him to his new home, where the pup quickly settled in. Odin may not have made a great K-9, but he excelled at helping this heartbroken couple start living again. “He brought life back to the house,” Barbara said. “It was such a sad place before we got him.”
But just when Barbara and Robert realized they’d never been happier, tragedy struck again.
This time, Barbara was at the veterinarian’s office when she got the bad news. She’d brought Odin in for a routine appointment, but the vet discovered the dog suffered from a potentially fatal heart murmur. Without surgery, Odin could have a heart attack and die. “We were horrified. We were terrified,” Barbara remembered. “He had a very serious condition we would not have known about if he didn’t go in for a routine appointment.”
The dog’s medical team was confident they could correct Odin’s condition with surgery, but such an expensive operation just couldn’t come at a worse time. Firefighters are never paid what they’re worth considering the risks of their job, and Barbara’s hours had been been cut in the wake of Covid-19. Now Robert and Barbara couldn’t afford the operation to save their loyal dog’s life.
This heartbreaking situation led the couple to reach out to Waggle, which partnered with The Animal Rescue Site to raise funds for Odin’s heart surgery. “We must save Odin,” Barbara said. “We cannot have any more tragedy in our family.”
Please visit Odin’s medical fund on Waggle if you would like to support the police academy fail who helped rescue a grieving firefighter and his family.
The Animal Rescue Site has also partnered with Waggle to help Two Boos, an adorable kitten recovering from amputation surgery. The injured animal was discovered by Dr. Tracey R., a Pittsburgh veterinarian who volunteers for The Street Dog Coalition. The non-profit group offers free veterinary care for homeless people’s pets, thus providing a critical service for animals who wouldn’t otherwise receive care.
Dr. Tracey was doing her rounds when she learned Two Boos, who was scheduled for a spay, had – according to her owner — been limping for days. But when she investigated further, the veterinarian found Two Boos had a far more serious malady. According to X-rays, this poor kitten had been hopping around on a severely broken leg!
Two Boo’s leg was so damaged that amputation surgery was the kitten’s only chance for a pain-free life. But surgery wasn’t an option for the kitten’s owner, who’d recently become homeless. She could barely afford rent, so there was no way she could finance such an expensive operation.
This heartbreaking dilemma led The Street Dog Coalition to pay for Two Boo’s surgery and post-op rehabilitation. “We do what we need to do. We help where we can,” said Dr. Tracey, who also fostered the kitten while she recovered. “She went through a lot of procedures like a little trooper,” the veterinarian told Waggle. “She was the most amazing patient to work with.”
Now Two Boos is learning to walk on 3 legs (and has been reunited with her owner in new housing), but The Street Dog Coalition is struggling to pay the kitten’s skyrocketing hospital bills. Not only is Two Boo’s procedure too expensive for one non-profit, it threatens the organization’s ability to help other homeless people and pets during this time of unprecedented need.
The Animal Rescue Site has teamed up with Waggle to help fund Two Boo’s surgery because we believe this kitten deserves to live a pain-free life. “Two Boos has a wonderful mix of a determined spirit alongside a gentle and understanding sense of self,” Dr. Tracey agreed.
Please donate to Odin and Two Boo’s medical fund on Waggle if you’d like to help us give these loving animals a second chance at life!