Last Thursday Eldad from Hope For Paws received a call about a homeless dog that she was in really bad shape. Her skin was raw, swollen, covered in scabs and she was missing most of her fur. Eldad asked if Bill Foundation could take this baby in and find her a home if he was able to rescue her. We needed less than a second to say “Yes” and right away, Eldad and I headed out to find this poor dog. When we arrived, we could see she was in even worse shape than we had imagined. Not only was she covered in severe mange, she was completely dehydrated and having a difficult time standing up because of how infected her body was. The kind people who had found her and called Eldad said that she had recently been pregnant, but had aborted her pups… most likely because her body was too sick maintain a pregnancy.
Bethany, as we have named her, cautiously welcomed our arrival and with the help of a few cheeseburgers and some chicken, she allowed us to rescue her.
All the way to the hospital Bethany insisted on being close to us, even though the pain she must have been feeling had to be excruciating. Without Eldad knowing, I was able to capture a very tender moment during the car ride between the two of them. It's by far one of my favorite rescue photos to date... I don't think any words are needed to describe the true beauty of the moment between rescuer and dog that is celebrated in this photo.
Bethany has quite the gentle and trusting spirit and she allowed us to bathe her and scrub off ALL of the infected areas. She didn’t fight us at all, but the pain she was experiencing had to be unbearable. She must have known that we were there to help her.
Initial tests conclude that Bethany has severe mange and we are still awaiting tests to see what else she is suffering from. Regardless, she will need quite a bit of treatment and hospital care over the next month or so.
The treatment Bethany is receiving has begun to work, slowly but surely and she is being the absolute best patient. She's sleeping most of time, probably to let her body fight the infection and heal. The good news is we got to her in time and she should be OK long-term.
Bethany's rescue was a combined effort and another example of the incredible partnership between Bill Foundation and Hope For Paws. It's a special partnership and together we have been able to save so many more lives and have a larger impact on the rescue community.
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