In our weekly “Happy Tails” series, we often focus on the life-saving aspect of animal adoption. Abused, neglected, and abandoned dogs and cats find their second chance at the ASPCA, and we couldn’t be more grateful to all those who have opened their homes to our animals over the years. But every now and then, we hear the story of an adoption that reminds us that sometimes, the life-saving goes both ways. Eddie’s story is one such story.
We first met Eddie in December 2013. The 5-year-old Miniature Pinscher was surrendered when his owner could no longer keep up with his health and behavioral issues, which included anxiety, excessive barking, and pancreatitis. We knew that he would need a loving adopter who was willing to work through his issues and keep up with his medical and dietary needs. Fortunately, in February, Samuel C. walked through our door.
For the last 28 years, Samuel and his husband, Joseph, have cared for dogs and cats. A few months after their 15-year-old Jack Russell Terrier passed away, they headed to the ASPCA Adoption Center to begin the search for their next furry friend. “Eddie caught our eye during the tour,” says Samuel. “One of the vets informed us that he was diagnosed with pancreatitis, and that he required a strict low-fat diet, a daily dosage of Denamarin, prescription meals, and would be unable to be showered with treats. Nevertheless, we felt that he needed us to restore his confidence in humans and spoil the hell out of him for the rest of his life.”
Though Eddie had a reputation for irritability, he won Samuel and Joseph over. “After sitting on the floor for 15 minutes with him, he finally approached us and licked me in the face. As far as I was concerned, that was all the confirmation I needed,” Samuel says. “He was ready to join our family and allow two doting dads to make the rest of his life a funhouse.”
Back at home, Samuel and Joseph changed Eddie’s name to “Casie-Lou Eddie,” and the adjustment period was even easier than expected. “By the end of the second week, Casie was sleeping with us, going on long walks, and entertaining his dads in the apartment like he has been a part of our family for years,” Samuel recalls. “We were warned that Casie might bark incessantly at loud noises. We were also told that Casie could not be touched everywhere on his body and might snap at us, but we are pleased to announce that our investigative Min Pin allows us to cradle him in our arms in order to give him belly rubs.”
Though it does seem that Samuel and Joseph saved Eddie’s life, Samuel disagrees. “Adopting, loving, and caring for pets helps me to maintain my health. For at least 15 years, I have been living with diabetes and CHR,” he says. “Concentrating on my furry buddy helps me keep everything in perspective.”
Casie continues to improve, both physically and behaviorally, under Samuel and Joseph’s care. “There isn’t a day goes by that we don’t question why any person would ever give up such a sweet butterscotch buddy like our Casie.”
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We’re excited to share the results of the first month of the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge: In June alone, the Challengers saved a total of 21,175 animals’ lives! Competing shelters achieved this by adopting out or reuniting pets with their guardians. June’s impressive total was a combined increase of 4,311 over lives saved by the shelters during June 2013.
The excitement has just begun! The Challengers have plenty of time to get creative and save even more animals’ lives during July and August. Stay tuned as the action unfolds during the remaining two months of the Challenge.
Today is an exciting day for horses nationwide: The ASPCA Equine Fund has officially awarded its 1,000th grant! The $5,000 grant, awarded to Equestrian Inc. of Tampa, Florida, will be used to repair the organization’s feed room roof, which was destroyed during a storm in May. During the storm, Equestrian Inc. lost $4,000 in grain and hay.
The ASPCA Equine Fund has supported non-profit equine welfare organizations since the program’s origin as the Lucky Fund in 1996. The Fund provides life-saving resources to organizations nationwide including financial help, consultation, in-person and online training and sharing of best practices. In 2013 the ASPCA awarded $1.4 million in grants to support equine rescues and sanctuaries in 43 states and the District of Columbia. Since 2008, the ASPCA Equine Fund has awarded a total of approximately $5.5 million to more than 450 organizations.
Last year, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana, Illinois, handled nearly 180,000 cases about pets exposed to possibly poisonous substances. Check out our top 5 tips for what to do in a pet poisoning emergency.
1. Be Prepared
Before an emergency arises, save your veterinarian’s phone number, the phone number to the closest emergency veterinary hospital, and the number for APCC (888) 426-4435, on your phone.
Make a Pet First Aid Kit. You can often provide important initial treatment at home. This is especially easy if you have a first aid kit for your pet. (link to pet first aid kit on ASPCA.org)
2. Stay Calm
If you are calm, you will able to provide the information that will be vital to providing the appropriate medical care for your pet, and you will help your pet to stay calm, too!
3. Assess Your Pet
Take a good look at your pet. Is she showing any unusual behavior? If your pet is unresponsive, having any trouble breathing, is bleeding, or having seizures or convulsions, your pet needs immediate medical attention. Call your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency hospital to let them know that you are on your way with your pet.
4. Gather Information
What did your pet consume? Get an exact name of the product that was involved. For medications, write down the name of the medication and the milligram strength. For herbicides, and pesticides, be sure to get the name and concentration of the active ingredients and an EPA registration number.
When did it happen? Was there a time frame that you were gone or did you catch your pet in the act?
Has your pet vomited? If so, look to see if he or she vomited up any of the poison or any packaging eaten at the same time.
5. Be Proactive
Don’t wait for your pet to start showing signs before you seek help. Often one of the best things that we can do for your pet is to prevent symptoms before they happen by preventing the poison from being absorbed.
Contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center to see if there are things that you should do for your pet at home, or if this will require medical treatment at a veterinary hospital.