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We began as the Oakland SPCA in 1874. Today, the East Bay SPCA includes two animal shelters and three clinics in our community.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Good Samaritans' Stop Saves a Life


Thanks to two incredibly kind women, a young dog's life was saved last Friday. "Bart," was discovered by these Good Samaritans on a street corner in Oakland. He was malnutritioned and barely moving. East Bay SPCA veterinarian Dr. Atid and our medical staff worked to save him, but they didn't know if we were too late.

I didn't want to get my hopes up as I left for the weekend. Bart had made it through the day, but we didn't know how he'd fair in the days to come. I couldn't bring myself to call the office Saturday and Sunday, even though I thought about Bart all weekend long.

I braced myself as I drove to work on Monday. When I arrived early that day, I learned the good news: Bart had made it. He was even eating on his own. I rushed to his kennel where I found him looking very weak, but wagging his tail whenever anyone spoke to him. My co-workers and I took turns getting Bart out of his kennel for short amounts of time so he could stretch his legs. He was still too weak to stand on his own, so we hovered over him as we gentle braced him to help him stand.

Over the past two days, Bart has continued to improve. He can now stand for short periods of time and is even walking a bit around our office. My little corner of the place is now Bart's daytime retreat, where my co-workers and our wonderful volunteers shower him with love and attention. Our shelter supervisor Lenny has even come in on his two days off to spend time with this special guy.

We look forward to seeing Bart continue to grow stronger in the coming days and weeks. We look forward to updating our blog, so visitors can watch Bart recover, too. As we watch Bart grow stronger, we remain so grateful to the two kind women who stopped their cars to save this special dog's life.

It's Thursday, nearly a week after Bart entered our shelter, and Bart continues to improve. Dr. Atid increased his food intake yesterday, and all is going well!

Everyone here continues to shower Bart with lots of love and attention.

 

Our sweet Bart has made remarkable progress!!! He now weighs in at over 43lbs (up from his original 27lbs) and is even learning how to play.

Bart's story reminds me each day of why we are here; and I continue to be filled with gratitude for the support that our community gives us so we can do this life-saving work.

 

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