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Extra Special Care for an Extra Special Pup
Every once in a while, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation meets an extra special animal who needs some extra special care. ARF was contacted by a partner shelter to rescue Mel: a 9-year-old pit bull who was experiencing mobility issues. While she seems happy as can be, and always greets people with a wagging tail and a smile, x-rays showed several instances of spinal disc degeneration. This condition likely put pressure on the spinal cord or a nerve root, causing partial paralysis in her back legs. ARF’s team found a unique harness, which supports her hips and prevents her from stumbling while on walks.
Mel has an appointment with a canine rehabilitation specialist this month, and ARF’s team is hopeful that her storybook ending is in sight. Advanced medical conditions like Mel’s are difficult for many small, municipal shelters to address. Fortunately, thanks to your support, ARF is always there to answer the call and save these special dogs and cats, giving them the second chance they deserve.
Interested in giving this very special girl a special home? Mel's ready to meet potential adopters!
Last Chance for Wine & Whiskers Tickets!
Wine & Whiskers is back! Buy your tickets today and circle Saturday, September 25 on your calendar! After going virtual last year, ARF’s popular fundraising gala is returning to an in-person format. Join us for an evening of fantastic wine, delicious vegetarian and vegan appetizers, adorable animals, and a special first look at the brand new Engelstad Pets and Vets Center.
Space is limited to ensure social distancing, and Wine & Whiskers is once again expected to sell out, so don’t miss your chance to attend everyone’s favorite autumn event. All proceeds benefit ARF’s lifesaving programs for pets and people.