One Dog's JourneyApril 26, 2017 | 9:04am
Last year I could see a tail wag from a distance as I drove up to a street dog. Upon closer inspection, the foul smell of infection permeated the air; I lifted up his head and could see the horror of the embedded chain in his neck. This is Buster McGee – a typical rescue of a Stray Rescue dog – and why the need for monthly recurring donors helps us gage how many pups we can save each month.
Despite the excruciating pain he was feeling, his tail continued to wag. At that moment, it hit me fast and hard why I won’t stop fighting for these guys – he was tortured with this chain due to no fault of his own, has a deadly infection at the hands of man and what does he do? He wags his tail and gives me a kiss of thanks. How can we look away? How can we not care? I do! We do! Watch his rescue video here.
Our trauma center veterinarians cut the chains that were killing him and performed costly emergency care to stabilize my buddy. As this beautiful boy healed, he had some emotional wounds that needed our aid as well. This required manpower, skill and (again) funding. You don’t ever think a dog may not know how to play, walk on a leash, enjoy the company of people or just be a “normal” dog.
Parts of Buster’s therapy ranged from learning agility, going on car rides, learning basic commands and learning to trust the human race. I feel a shelter dog’s enrichment is just as important as their lifesaving surgery and medical care. We were healing Buster’s mind, body and soul. Buster has blossomed with Stray Rescue’s determination! But every little thing costs. A leash, a bowl, trainers, treats, medical….the list is endless. This is just one dog out of thousands a year. And every single one of them is special and deserving of this level of attention. Because of you, Buster is finally being adopted. Because of a monthly gift, his life was saved. A precious life worth saving.
Stray Rescue is unique because no matter the ailment, whether it’s physical, mental or both, we are always there for the homeless animals. You are unique because you care; you love and support these special amazing pups (cats too!). They need to know you have their backs when I pick them up to start their new loving journey toward healing and getting that precious second lease on life. I always say our supporters rock! Now I ask that you rock it a bit more and become a monthly donor. By donating each month, you make sure we have the means to save these animals we all love so much. We can’t do it without you!
When you become a recurring donor, not only will you get that awesome feeling of helping animals in need, you’ll also receive a special tote bag exclusively for our monthly givers!
Love & Woof!
Founder of Stray Rescue of St. Louis