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Ripley ~ Believe It or Not!
This little guy came to us at the beginning of November in very poor condition. Despite the very obvious signs of neglect he suffered throughout his short life, he greeted everyone with a wag of his tail and would greedily accept any type of affection offered. He quickly stole the hearts of all of the shelter staff and the veterinary clinic staff where he was sent for treatment. It was a long process getting him rehydrated and able to keep food down. After 5 weeks of care and testing, he was deemed stable enough to be placed in
Canada's laws require that animals receive adequate shelter and care. Our investigators offer custodians advice for proper animal care; and if necessary, they remove animals to relieve their distress and provide proper care.
foster care. Foster homes for severe cases of neglect like this are hard to find, but fortunately Ripley had yet another guardian angel waiting for him. He is doing well in his foster home where his every need is being met with the patience and love he has never known. He is said to be very intelligent and affectionate. The veterinarian's opinion at this point is that Ripley was starved with complications from parasite infestation. Although he is doing well, he still must be fed numerous small meals and monitored very closely. If not for our generous donors, sponsors and fundraiser supporters we would not be able to help the Ripley's who arrive on our door step. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers and give thanks to his wonderful foster parent!
UPDATE (Jan. 28/11) - I had the opportunity to visit with Ripley over the holidays and was astounded at the changes in him - both physically and emotionally. His rib cage and pelvic bones are no longer visible, his coat is shiny and healthy and he has the energy and joy typical of a young dog. Ripley's plight has touched everyone who came in contact with him. His foster parent could not bear the thought of having to bring him back, so he is now officially a part of the family. The Northland Animal Hospital, who treated Ripley, gifted the shelter with pro bono services for all of
Ripley's care. We honestly did not think Ripley's story would have such a happy ending. Seeing an animal fight against all odds and the ensuing compassion and generosity that results is one of the greatest perks of this job! A heartfelt thank you to Ripley's owner and the staff at Northland Animal Hospital, this would not have been possible without you!
(The new pictures were provided by Ripley's owner the week of Jan. 9th)