When DeKalb County Animal Control officers first saw the still puppy laying on a patch of grass in late July, they assumed he was dead. They had followed up on an anonymous tip, and found five dogs, including a skeletal little pup, Forrest, who wasn’t moving. But as officers moved closer to him, they saw his little tail begin to wag.
Officers confiscated Forrest, his littermate, Jenny, and three adult dogs, and brought them to LifeLine’s DeKalb County Animal Services (DCAS) shelter. All of the dogs were underweight, but Forrest was the most fragile and most emaciated. After examining the dogs, LifeLine’s DCAS Veterinarian Dr. Kathryn Haines determined that Forrest needed round-the-clock care to survive.
Dr. Haines and her team worked hard to save Forrest. The first night at the clinic, he crashed, but he was quickly resuscitated by a vet tech and then closely monitored by the whole veterinary team. It was touch and go for the first 48 hours with everyone wondering if Forrest would make it. But after intensive treatment, Forrest improved and was deemed well enough to go home for foster care with an employee who had taken an immediate interest in him.
LifeLine Animal Project’s employees often are the first to volunteer to care for animals who have been abused, neglected or injured and require extra attention. But Forrest was an extreme case, and he was so weak that he wasn’t doing well initially.
After the second night in foster care, Forrest developed severe diarrhea and a virus and had to be brought back in to LifeLine’s DCAS veterinary clinic.
For the next few days, it again seemed like little Forrest would not survive. But thanks to Dr. Haines’ persistence, and the LifeLine staff, Forrest finally turned a corner, and started getting better.
Once he recovered from the virus, he quickly put on weight in the employee’s home and was well on his road to recovery. Meanwhile, his sister, Jenny, was being fostered by another employee, and was thriving.
Less than a month later, Forrest was adopted by a loving family, and Jenny was adopted by her foster mom’s friend. Now, four months later, Forrest and Jenny are chubby puppies who live happy puppy lives! They are both super sweet, enjoy snuggling, playing at the dog park and giving kisses to everyone who meets them. Both puppies also have new canine siblings whom they playing and nap with, and families who absolutely adore them.
LifeLine employees are passionate about saving animals, and happy endings like Forrest and Jenny’s are their big pay back. “We obviously don’t work for LifeLine for the money or prestige,” says Jenny’s former foster mom. “Employees are all here because we all love animals and will do whatever it takes to save them. Small victories mean everything to us.”
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