Dec 13 2010

Daniela

Daniela

Daniela

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  So say all the pets snug in their beds on the living room floor of their families, warmed by the fire and eyes sparkling from the lights on the tree.  But not so much for the animals still waiting for homes at Wayside Waifs. 

Don’t get me wrong, if you have to be an animal in a shelter, I believe Wayside Waifs is the best possible place to be.  With our amazingly talented staff, our passionate volunteers, and the beautiful clean facility…it’s top of the charts for a stop over.  But we all know the best place in the world for a companion animal is in a forever home, with one, two or more humans (and other pets) to snuggle with, to listen to, to entertain and to love. 

This year, there will be over 6,500 such animals who have come to Wayside.  Sometimes they come to us well fed, groomed, and in good health from a family whom,  for many various reasons, can no longer care for them.  But more often, they have come from other high kill shelters, or they have been rescued from horrendous hoarding and puppy mill situations, been found wandering the streets cold, hungry, sick and alone.  Caring for the healthy ones costs money, but caring for the unhealthy ones require so much more of our limited resources.

Such as Daniela, a 4 year old St. Bernard who was brought to us this summer, skinny, filthy and lame.  Daniela was dumped in a field and who knows how long she had been there, if it weren’t for a kindly stranger who found her and brought her to Wayside Waifs.  She was half the weight she should be, and I cannot go into detail about the state of her skin, but suffice it to say, it was in bad shape.  Our admissions team sprung in to action and vaccinated her upon arrival.  Our veterinarians and vet techs then took over to clean and treat her wounds, and assess her dire situation.  Daniela had hip dyplasia so severe it was difficult to walk.  Treatment began, and Daniela was placed in a foster home.  At her bi weekly vet appointments, more issues were found and treated; heart worm, severe degenerative joint disease.  But exam after exam, Daniela continues to improve.  She has gained over 20 pounds, and is slowing learning to trust again.

You knew it was coming, here’s the ask.  We simply could not have treated Daniela without the financial support of good people like you.  Wayside Waifs receives no government funding.  While we do all can to provide the most we can for the most animals possible at the least cost, it comes to this: without you, Daniela wouldn’t have made it.  Daniela is just one of 6,500 stories that we see each and every year.  Please, we need you.  No gift is too small (or too large!).

From the bottom of our hearts, two legged and four legged alike, we thank you.

Written by Marla Svoboda
Vice President Marketing & Development at Wayside Waifs


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