Grandma Dot came into our care as an unwanted pit bull mix, who had obviously been bred too much. She was high heartworm positive and was showing signs of heart disease due to heartworms. And on top of it all, she was deaf and dog reactive.
"My husband and I were visiting DeKalb County Animal Services to meet Beauty (who was named Linda at the time). While we were standing at her kennel waiting for a kennel tech to bring her to the meet and greet area, we noticed sweet Chuey looking up at us from the kennel next to us with the most charming, lovable look on his face and we were instantly connected. According to his records, he was a senior boy, had been in the shelter for quite a few months, was a staff favorite, but unfortunately had also been placed on the Urgent list.
Savant was born with a defective mitral valve, meaning she would require life-long cardiac monitoring and medication. Because of her medical issues, she was passed over time and time again and spent months in our shelter. But her life changed forever the day a wonderful family decided to foster her and give her a much-needed break from the shelter life.
That didn't last long, however, because they fell madly in love and eventally adopted her! They realized that even with a defective valve, she was perfect!
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.