The Friends of Madera Animal Shelter’s (FMAS) new Rescue Transport Program moves dogs out of the crowded Madera County shelter to out of area Humane Societies and Animal Rescues that have a demand for adoptable pets.
Since its inception ten months ago the program has saved the lives of 1,440 Madera County Animals but Eevee’s story is one of the most remarkable.
Eevee, a one-year-old Chihuahua, was found as a flea-covered stray and came to Madera County Animal Shelter with a horrific injury to her left front leg.
Enter FMAS and one of their fantastic rescue partners, Oregon Humane Society(OHS). OHS agreed to accept the little dog as part of an FMAS 31 animal transport from Madera to their Portland, Oregon facility.
Eevee’s past history is not known, as she was found hiding under the porch of a house.
Veterinarians at OHS say her recovery from such extensive injuries is remarkable, all the more so because she was living as a stray dog with no apparent owner or medical care. Equally remarkable is the small dog’s ability to walk and run with just one front leg and one rear leg.
OHS veterinarians were forced to amputate the leg, which had the stump of a bone protruding from the knee. Eevee’s condition was complicated by the loss of her right rear leg, which may have been injured in the same traumatic incident that caused the damage to her front leg.
Although most of her rear leg had been lost, the injury had healed and did not require surgery.
She has adapted very well. She can move around, walk at a fast pace, and we’ve even see her go up and down a stair,” said Dr. Margaret Wixson, a veterinarian at the OHS Holman Medical Center. “She acts like a normal dog who just wants to be a dog and be loved by people.”
After just 11 days at OHS Eevee was available for adoption Aug. 11. In just a few hours she found her forever home with a loving family. Another happy ending for a dog the FMAS rescue program has helped.
FMAS Recue Coordinator Robin Bell believes “The program is critical because the sad fact is Madera County has too many animals and too few adopters.”
Bell also made it clear more volunteer help is needed.
A Rescue Volunteer Orientation is scheduled for 10 a.m., Aug. 27 at Madera County Animal Shelter. Help is needed with paperwork, dog assessing and handling, video taping, loading and driving vans and more. Bell said “There is a job everyone and this is your chance to make a difference.”
Friends of Madera Animal Shelter