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Recovering Callie

Organized by: Sondra Tompkins

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Imagine being young, abused, severely injured, and then dumped and left to die at a deplorable high-kill shelter in Los Angeles. That was Callie's life. Until a stranger approached her kennel, noticed her injury, and got her the medical attention she needed. And then decided she wasn't going to leave California without her, no matter the outcome, no matter how bad. That was me. Rescuing is never easy. It's heart-wrenching, gut-twisting, and brain-racking. Add an injured dog into the mix and you have just jumped into the deep end. Lucky for me I know how to swim. And I know a really good dog when I see one. I believed in Callie. It was obvious she was loving....and forgiving. She would spend the next few days in medical (and on the short-list for euthanasia) due to the shelter not having the owner relinquishment paperwork. Unfortunately for me, two days before I was leaving California the shelter informed me they did not have the relinquishment paperwork, which contradicted what I had been told the day before. It looked like I was going to be leaving California without Callie, and was leaving her there to die. I couldn't change my flight. But I couldn't change my mind either. Then a small miracle happened. Later that day the shelter managed to get ahold of the previous owner who had been "in the hospital," and the owner came in to sign over Callie to the county. She was going to go home with me after all!! But not before the shelter veterinarian called me to make sure I knew the extent of her injuries. I knew they were bad, I had read the x-ray results the day before. It didn't matter. I wasn't going to leave her to die there....alone....with no one to love her for the last time. I managed to bring Callie back with me to Alaska. Both of her legs are wrapped so she has to be carried up and down stairs. She gets along great otherwise. She's happy, lovable, quiet, and smart. She knows she's been given another chance at a better life. No more abuse, no more pain, and no more fear. Now it's all about the love! Her injuries are extensive. She suffered a fractured femur, and two fractured hock (ankle) joints. An orthopedic veterinary surgeon here in Anchorage can hopefully fix her, but it will cost a lot of money! Callie is young, about a year old. She has scars on her ears, her canines are worn down a bit. Clearly she was mistreated. But through it all she knows how to love. And she is drawn especially to my son with autism. She LOVES him. One has to wonder if she has a future as a therapy dog of sorts. I can see it, we just need to get her fixed! Please help if you can. Any amount. We hope, once she is healed, to find her a really good home where she can spend the rest of her life with people who love her. I know she will love them back. Thank you. Callie thanks you.


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