There is nothing more painful to watch than an animal being surrendered by it’s owner at a shelter. We were about to leave our local open access shelter when a man walked in with his obese senior doxie, saying he wanted to put him to sleep because he was too old and couldn’t make it up the stairs. The poor dog, with obvious skin issues and tumor on his chest, just stood there staring at his dad. He had no idea that he was about to be left behind. The shelter manager asked if the dog could be transferred to a rescue and he said that he didn’t care.... a few minutes later Reese was safely with us on our way to the vet. 

Once at the vet we could see just how bad Reese’s skin was. Parts of his skin were sloughing off leaving open, oozing sores behind and Reese’s hind legs were so raw and swollen it looked like he had bed sores. In addition to this, Reese’s chest and belly were also raw. Our vet suggested that Reece had been left in the same position for a very long time. 

Reese’s fingernails were so overgrown that he could barely stand on them. They bent in different directions and one had already ripped from his paw. Between his obesity and overgrown nails, no wonder he couldn’t make it up his owner’s stairs. To make matters worse, the inside of Reese’s ears were swollen, thick and smelled terrible. They were infected and horribly overgrown with yeast. However, the most worrisome aspect of Reese’s condition was the tangerine sized tumor on his chest. After surgery to remove the tumor, it was determined to be non-cancerous. Further testing would also show that Reese suffered from hypothyroidism.

After many vet visits, medications, surgery and a lot of TLC, we are happy to announce that Reese is one healthy pup and has found his forever home!!! Reese now has a new mom and dad who love him unconditionally and will never turn their back on him. They are a loving couple that has opened their home to a senior pup that had been left for dead by his previous owner. His new family has given him a second chance to experience true happiness and a healthy, pain free life that is filled with love. This is how it always should have been.

Thank you to everybody who helped sponsor Reese’s medical care, prayed for him and kept him in your thoughts. This is victory for everyone!