Missy could be classified as "just a dog." After all, she appears to be a mixture of breeds, she was found as a stray by the Elizabeth North Carolina Animal Control, she's all black, and to make matters even worse; Missy was found with a terribly infected broken leg.
When rescued, despite her egregious injury which reeked of rotting flesh, Missy still wagged her tail as volunteers approached; no animosity from "just a dog."
Because there is no veterinary staff available at the county shelter, Missy's future looked bleak, but a call to A Shelter Friend, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit liaison between shelters and rescue groups, and the added compassion of the manager and Animal Control, "just a dog" would have a new chance at life.
"A Shelter Friend is not like many rescues. With limited funding, no fosters, and no kennels to board the animals, they rely completely on the compassion of like minded individuals for financial sponsorship and whatever open kennels are available at the only vets office in the area for boarding, begging for discounts in fees to be able to save more animals."
When examined by the veterinary staff, Missy had been living in pain for such an extended amount of time, she didn't even react to the wound being handled. The severity and duration of the injury required amputation.
On the Friday after Thanksgiving, Missy's leg was amputated. She is now being treated for infections, pain management, and being administered antibiotics.
A Shelter Friend is extremely short on donations; although Missy will get all of the medical intervention she needs, the next dog may not be so lucky.
Please help Missy and A Shelter Friend help "just a dog." Today, however we salute this beautiful dog whose future has already improved, and from all of us who find every dog to be special and unique - Missy - you are not "just a dog."
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