How SAPA’s Medical Care Can Save Lives – Norma Rae’s Story
Before SAPA began, nearly all animals with sickness or injury were euthanized. Even illnesses that are easily treatable, such as mange, meant a death sentence for a dog or cat. Often, short term medical care can mean an animal can live a long, happy life after healing. Many SAPA dogs and cats come in injured or sick, which is why we have veterinary staff to help us care for these animals. Medical care is one of SAPA’s biggest expenses. We have seen many dogs and cats be healed, live and have full, happy lives due to our medical services here at SAPA. Norma Rae is one of our dogs who was saved due to the care of our SAPA medical staff and a loving foster home…
” It was early January of this year, while scrolling down on Facebook, that we saw Norma’s picture and brief story. She had been attacked by another dog and was hurt pretty badly. We saw that the deadline for her to be put down was a few hours away so we quickly emailed SAPA to see how we could help.”
“The next day, we picked her up from the shelter. Norma was terrified. She would not let anyone at the shelter get close to her. It appeared she had never been seen by a veterinarian before being rescued by SAPA. She also was covered had fleas, which the SAPA medical staff treated. The staff had already treated her wounds and gave us pain medication and other prescription to help heal her and to keep Norma Rae comfortable. We ended up having to wrap a blanket around her and took her home. When we got home, we noticed how terrible her wounds were. She had been bitten all over her face, neck, and back. It was difficult for her to eat, drink, and walk. Because of this, the SAPA medical staff gave her appetite inducers to help her eat and drink. For an entire week she just laid on the same spot.”
“It took an entire week for Norma to realize that we weren’t going to hurt her, then she finally approached us. Every day, I sat next to her on the floor to spend time with her. I thought that maybe this way she would know that I wasn’t there to hurt her. It was day 7 w hen she finally got up, slowly walked towards me, and sat on my lap. She was terrified. All I could think of was to hold her really tight. So, I did. The shaking stopped. After that, she would not leave our side. She even waited by the door for us to get home from work every day and she took advantage of every opportunity she got to show her love and appreciation to us by giving us kisses and putting a smile on our face.”
“Two weeks after we picked Norma Rae up from SAPA, we took her back to the clinic for a check-up and also in for X-rays of her spinal cord were taken to see if there had been any damage done to it since she seemed to be having a difficult time walking and standing. The X-rays were negative, no spinal cord damage was done; however we were advised of some possible neurological issues due to trauma in the skull area. This issue slowly went away and three weeks later she was able to run. ”
“Once the SAPA medical staff got her healed up, they vaccinated her at a Foster Fest event and she was, spayed and micro-chipped shortly afterwards.”
“Four months later, Norma finally found a home. Although she had a hard time approaching her new family, today, they report that she seems to be settling in rather well in her new home, and luckily, the new owner promised to keep us updated in the future. I think this was one of the most rewarding things we have ever done. Seeing Norma have to go was difficult, but knowing that she will continuously get the love she deserves makes us the happiest people in the world.”
“To San Antonio Pets Alive!, thank you for the great work all of you do. Thank you all for giving us the opportunity to help a little. – There are no words to describe the joy that she brought to our home for those short four months.”
The Moulinie Family
From all of us at SAPA and all of San Antonio – we give our thanks to YOU. You did an amazing job and created a space in your life to nurture and restore a dog to both physical and emotional health. THANK YOU.
Your donations help us here at SAPA fund the medical staff. We cannot save all the lives we are able to save without the veterinarians, the vet technicians, and the medicine and procedures we are able to give because of your generosity. From Norma Rae, to many, many other cats and dogs, your donations and sharing our website and Facebook pages help us keep the dream alive. The dream of giving every dog and cat a chance for a forever home!