Writer’s Note: Due to the formatting of photos on knotmove.com, you will need to click this link to see the full photograph of Zulu, taken by Nanette Martin of Shelter Me Photography.
Nanette Martin with Shelter Me Photography took the picture of Zulu during her recent photo sweep through twelve animal shelters in the New Orleans area. Shelter Me Photography is a non-profit organization helping to save the lives of shelter animals by capturing their personalities and traits through professional photographs.
Zulu had been surrendered to the Tangipahoa Parish Animal Control in Hammond, Louisiana at the age of two. They were told he was born with a deformed front leg.
No reason was given for deserting him there. He didn’t even have a name.
When it was Zulu’s turn to have his picture taken, I had tears in my eyes bringing him out of the kennel.
Not just because of his leg. Because of where he was; in a high-kill shelter. And, because I could not imagine what he had endured in his short life.
But, Zulu immediately showed us his jovial good nature and that evening Martin uploaded his photo to Facebook to begin the networking that would ultimately get Zulu to his new home.
Rachael Sance with Animal House Rescue in New Orleans saw the photo and arranged to pull Zulu out of animal control.
From there, he was transported to Fur Angels Animal Sanctuary in Indiana where his picture was then seen by Sarah and Monica, fellow animal rescuers who assist Fur Angels when they take in deaf dogs.
While some may have looked away from an image that shows a deformity, that was not the case here. “When we saw Zulu, Sarah fell in love with him,” according to Monica.
They made arrangements to adopt him.
But, just a few weeks after arriving in his new Wisconsin home, the happiness and freedom that Zulu was just beginning to know took a turn. He was found in his kennel one day with a rapid heart beat and obvious signs of pain.
After being rushed to the Wisconsin Veterinary Referrel Center’s 24-hour emergency clinic, it was determined by an orthopedic specialist that Zulu was damaging his “good leg” using it to compensate for the deformitiy of his other front leg.
In order to distribute his weight in the front and relieve him of the pain he is in, Zulu will need an orthotic brace for his right leg and a prosthetic for his little deformed left leg.
Zulu’s story is receiving lots of attention, through social networking like Facebook.
According to a note on Monica’s page, even an 8-year-old girl named Ashlyn has asked her mom if she can paint pictures to sell at a craft fair to raise money for Zulu.
A chip in has been created for anyone who would like to make a donation to help this former Louisiana shelter dog live a happy life, free of pain.
It would only take 1600 of us contributing $1 each to make it happen. How ’bout it?