Thursday, November 24, 2005
My Thanksgiving Wish
Well, here I am at the shelter for Thanksgiving. This is the perfect place to reflect on all that I am thankful for this past year.
I am thankful that our community helped us in welcoming 28 animals who survived Hurricane Katrina. Thankful that we could house and treat these animals. Thankful to the foster volunteers who gave them a home to settle into. Thankful that we have been able to send so many of them back to their original families.
Some of the cats and dogs we took in from Louisiana have not had anyone call to claim them. In addition, a handful of these have medical issues which make them adoptable to homes who are ready to deal with their special needs.
In the photo above is Pierre, he is looking dreamily outside on a sunny day, but due to his FIV+ status he will need to be indoor only for life. He made it all this way to the Bay Area and we are hoping someone will find a space for him in their life despite this medical roadblock.
To the right is Henri. When he first arrived he was a number, but not for long. He is a true gentleman. His foster home raved about him, but we were concerned that his bloodwork might have indicated a fatal viral disease. Today, although he still tests positive for the virus, it does not seem to be causing any illness and may never. He is ready to charm himself into someone's heart.
Finally, I sat and shared a bit of breakfast burrito with my pal Gumbo. You may know of him from past posts. Well, he appears to be doing well and at this time is free of the symptoms of the tick borne illness babesia. He may always be at risk of this coming back, but after passing or behavior evaluations and being such a good dog in his foster home we believe he deserves a chance.
So, as we move through this winter holiday season, remember our special needs guests who weatherd a storm, but now really need a bit more good luck in finding a home. If you find yourself visiting us this season, be sure to come by and say "Hi" to these very special animals.