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When he was saved in May of 2015, Gator was suffering from a prolific injury to his front left leg. Infection had set in and the flesh was rotting and falling away from the leg bone. A thin strip of skin tethered the lower leg to the upper leg. During the intake process it was decided that the best course of action was to remove the leg in order to save Gator from suffering further pain and infection.
Note: While Gator had been an owned dog prior to being rescued, the owner did the right thing by surrendering him into care in order to ensure that the pup would get the lifesaving care he deserved and, the opportunity to be adopted into a loving family. Sometimes people just don't have the resources to provide Vet care, proper nutrition and pretty much all the basic necessities that an animal requires. Rescuers do not judge, they rescue.
It has been a long and hard road from Sioux Valley to recovery, but Gator has pulled through like a champ. He still has some work to do on his manners and training but, for once being an outdoor dog a few short weeks ago to where he is now, Gator has done an amazing job of learning and healing.
The Rescue provides his food and pays his expenses.
Because Gator has had such a prolific recovery and still has a little ways to go, he is not yet up for adoption. Donations are still being accepted for his care, please click here to help out Gator.
All you have to do is click on the "donate" button on the top right and, make sure you put Gator's name in the message box in the PayPal screen.
When The Pack Project became aware of this horribly thin and unhealthy stray, the rescue machine went into action. A local foster was found to keep Clover safe and from deteriorating even further until she could be brought in to Regina where she was cared for by one of our Directors, Amy Vitkay.
The results of Clover's initial vet visit were dismal. She bore a large and encrusted infection on one of her little legs. Her coat was patchy and dull due to lack of proper nutrition and likely having to defend herself from other strays. Clover weighed in at a heartbreaking 42lbs. Her ribs were sharply visible through her scant fur and she was covered in sores from where her bones were rubbing through her skin.
At an estimated age of only 3 years old, Clover should have been at the peak of health instead of being in an at risk category. Clover would require a lot of care and love in order to bring her health back up the level that we expect to see in our companion animals. Her care was sponsored through The Pack Project fundraising efforts with the exception of her spay. The Paw it Forward Fund through the Albert North Vet Clinic generously provided this essential service.
After spending some time recovering with Amy, our Clover was upgraded in health enough to move onto her next stage of care. Pack Project Foster Team Lead, Laurie Norman took over Clover's care exactly where Amy left off. Attention to detail and recovery specific knowledge were transferred from Amy to Laurie right along with Clover.
A video of Clover playing fetch with her foster family that was posted to The Pack Project's website became the unintended introduction to Clover's forever family. When the family viewed the video of Clover so happy and playful, they knew in their hearts that this was the pup for them and that she would be a perfect fit for their family.
Since Clover's new family lived in B.C. there were some logistical factors to be considered before she would move in to her furever home. Having been adopted on April 27, 2015, Clover waited patiently until the end of May before she could catch a lift out West.
Clover flew through Petscort on a WestJet flight. The couple who volunteered to deliver Clover to her new and permanent home had seen her story through Social Media postings and offered to chaperone her to her destination. The kennel that was required for travel was donated by another kind family.
Even though Clover was at a point in her life where she was edging ever closer to the Rainbow Bridge, she was brought back from the brink of death through the efforts of countless volunteers. Clover's story is the epitome of what it is to Rescue. Individuals and groups, volunteers and kindly strangers, all coming together to ensure that one more life is saved.