A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the animals in the care of ACDC.
by Barb Natividad
Beamer was surrendered to the shelter after being hit by a car. Abandoned by his family, he now faced an uncertain future. What would happen to an injured dog in the shelter with extensive tissue damage on his right leg? ACDC stepped in and brought him for treatment. Due to the extent of the injury, closing the wound was difficult. The vet said if Beamer’s wound doesn’t remain closed, he may require additional surgery.
This sweet and playful schnauzer mix received laser therapy to the affected leg, and more sessions may be necessary. Beamer requires follow-up visits to the vet to assess his progress.
He is currently in foster care, where his guardian reports that he has begun to use his front leg. Beamer would be a wonderful addition to any family. However, it is ACDC’s policy not to adopt out injured animals, but to treat them until they’re ready to go to their forever homes. Of course this costs money. If you’d like to sponsor Beamer’s treatments, please click here.
This little guy is expected to recover well.
ACDC is all about saving lives. It’s as simple as that. We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the proposition that all cats and kittens (and dogs and rabbits) deserve safe, loving, permanent homes. Our foster parents will provide temporary care for cats and kittens in their homes while the animals wait for their forever homes. Their compassion provides the second chance that so many stray, abandoned or homeless cats kitties need. If you join us, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped save the lives of these helpless animals. ACDC provides training and support, medications, and absorbs all veterinary expenses associated with the care of our felines. If you love kitties and would like to be a part of our lifesaving team, consider opening your heart and home to cats or kittens in need.
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Diva was brought to the shelter as a stray kitten when she was rescued by ACDC. She wasn’t walking on her leg and was taken to the vet. X-rays showed she was missing a bone in her leg! Unfortunately, she will have to lose her leg. She is resting comfortably in her foster home, while we raise funds for her surgery
Diva doesn’t let this problem slow her down. She’s a very talkative kitty who kisses and licks and head-butts her foster parents. Actually she head-butts everything, especially her food bowl! She’s a bit thin, but her foster parents are working hard to get her big and strong. Diva is multi-colored, but mostly white, with golden-honey eyes and different colored hind legs!
After Diva has recovered from surgery, she will be ready for adoption. In the meantime, she is available for sponsorship. Click here to sponsor Diva.
When Nancy Jones’s 11-year-old cat Puddy died suddenly and mysteriously, her Dunwoody neighbors put her in touch with another resident Connie who also had a cat die young for unknown reasons. When the two women talked about their losses, Connie asked if Nancy was interested in getting another cat. Connie, an ACDC volunteer, put Nancy in touch with the group. “Through the foster program, I knew I’d get a cat I knew something about rather than taking chances.” Nancy was looking for a cat “mellow and not too rambunctious.” Searching online, she found Lewey.
Lewey was discovered, sick and injured, in an abandoned farm by ACDC workers who were looking for stray cats. The community believed Lewey to be a mean feral tom. They had seen him limping around for months from a distance but no one in his neighborhood tried to help him. He had always kept his distance from people.
In addition to his bad limp, Lewey also sported a wound on his cheek. Rescuers worked diligently to entice him into a crate and into the hands of knowledgeable vets that could help him. He was started on antibiotics and, after devouring two cans of wet food, he settled into his new digs. He began purring shortly after. It quickly became clear this sweet guy was misunderstood by the community.
When he was neutered, veterinarians examined his hip; it was broken. Lewey received hip surgery with help from the doctors at Stoney Creek Veterinary Hospital who discounted this very expensive surgery. After six weeks of recovery, Lewey began getting his energy back and played with his foster mates. He was ready to find his forever home.
Nancy didn’t know about Lewey’s background. “But he was very friendly and outgoing,” Nancy says. “I thought he’d get along with my other cat, Kohl.” As we spoke, Lewey was sitting on the windowsill watching the birds. Nancy hopes he’ll be able to relax on her balcony (on a leash) come spring.
On Lewey’s first night in her home, Nancy kept Lewey separated from Kohl by leaving Lewey alone in the living room. Lewey, however, was insistent so Nancy slept on the sofa that first night. “He was happy once he had me close.” The second day Nancy had him, the phlebotomist came to visit. “Lewey stood on bed to help. He’s a sociable, personable cat. He’s very well socialized.”
He loves to play with his various toys. Nancy explains one unusual plaything Lewey adopted. “He came with a shipping carton, which is sitting in living room making a total mess of things! But I wanted him to have the toys he liked.”
Nancy and Puddy used to visit the patients confined to the medical area of Dunwoody, and Nancy hopes that Lewey will also join the “Pet Pals” program. “He’s a very sweet cat; he loves everybody. If he’s amenable, I’d like to get him out to see people.”
Lewey has come a long way from his early days avoiding people. It’s an incredible journey.
The Animal Coalition of Delaware County has received a $1,000 Operation Grant from the PEDIGREE Foundation in partnership with Petfinder Foundation. ACDC is one of only 150 shelters and rescue groups nationwide to receive a grant.
Stef Swanton, ACDC’s president, says, “We’re thrilled to be one of the few organizations nationwide to receive this money. It shows that the dedication of our all-volunteer staff has paid off!” ACDC has placed 78 dogs, rabbits, and cats in their forever homes this year.
PEDIGREE Foundation Operation Grants assist in funding basic operation costs like– facility and structural, medical, transportation, spay and neuter–to help make dogs more adoptable.
Toni Morgan, Petfinder Foundation program director, said that such grants are often the most difficult for shelters to secure. “Grants like these from PEDIGREE Foundation for basic needs are particularly helpful right now when animal welfare groups are facing tough economic realities like the rest of us.”
“We believe that all dogs deserve to be loved and cared for,” said Debra Fair, PEDIGREE Foundation president. “Our partnership with Petfinder Foundation, allows us to make the greatest difference in the animal shelter community through these operational grants.”