Finding a home for rescued animals is increasingly difficult as the national economy worsens and the homeless pet population grows. Securing homes for rescued animals with special needs is even harder. However, one man in Pittsboro, North Carolina did just that.
Mike is affiliated with Chatham Animal Rescue and Education (CARE), a non-profit volunteer organization that works to find forever homes for rescued dogs and cats in Chatham County, North Carolina. He serves as a foster dad and member of the board of directors. Another CARE rescuer liberated a Boston Terrier from a horrible breeding situation. The dog’s name was Frannie. She was one of many who were being bred in an abandoned house, with no electricity or water. Frannie, and others rescued from the same breeder, could have ended up in the wrong hands. Fortunately, with the actions of caring individuals, this did not happen.
Mike took Frannie into his foster care, along with another rescued dog by the name of Sterling. Although Frannie’s deplorable health and physical condition made her appear to be older, it was estimated that she was eight years old. She had a systemic infection originating in her reproductive organs. She was infested by insect bites, assumed to be from chiggers, fleas, and ticks. The dead tissue around her neck peeled off with little effort. Her eyes were infected and she had multiple teeth extracted during her initial treatment. The treating veterinarian described Frannie’s case as the worst she had ever seen. Mike says, “She was a disaster and it made me weep”. It was a miracle that she did not pass away from all of the sickness and trauma she endured.
Frannie is also blind and incontinent from the internal damage she suffered in the past. She often urinates on her bedding and when she walks around. Despite all of this, Frannie is described as being extremely sweet with a loving disposition toward everyone. Her health problems were all successfully treated and she was spayed. After around four months, Frannie was ready for her new, loving, and safe forever home.
Someone filled out an adoption application on the CARE website, specifically inquiring about a dog with special needs. After careful review and inspection, Frannie was adopted by a couple with no children. Frannie is now described as an enormously happy dog that gets along well with their other dog, a Boxer. Mike says, “Frannie bounced back from her life in hell in remarkable fashion.”
There is a lot to be learned from the life of a rescued animal with special needs. The amount of resilience and forgiveness exhibited in animals like Frannie are lessons for humankind. Mike says, “Even though she is handicapped and her days are filled with blind walks bumping into things when other dogs are running and fetching, she is content to be alive.” Let us hope that there are people out there that will continue to give these animals the life they deserve, filled with love, security, and happiness.