There were some great animal success stories this past year. Puppy mills were shut down, animals were rescued and people came together to do amazing things for the animals that came into their lives. These animals didn’t get the best start to life, but they’ve proven that they can handle just about anything. Here are the best stories of animals who have fighting spirit, and who overcame terrible obstacles to get to a happy life. And happy lives they are all, definitely, now living!
Layla, the homeless poodle, was hit by a car when she was living on the streets in Los Angeles. She was rescued by the amazing people at Hope for Paws. Layla was so thankful for the rescue, that despite being in pain and scared, she covered her rescuer in kisses. After two weeks recovering from her injuries in the hospital, Layla was placed in foster care and then adopted.
Corey was rescued by the Humane Society of the United States. He, along with many other dogs, was found at a puppy. Corey, however, is blind. You wouldn’t know the horrors Corey has faced by seeing him, though. This little guy is full of life and brings a smile to the face of anyone that meets him.
Zoey was also rescued by HSUS, but she was rescued from a terrible hoarding situation. When she was found, Zoey’s leg was broken and severe infected. The leg had to be amputated. That didn’t stop Zoey from being adopted by a loving family and living life to the fullest, though. This little girl has lots of spunk and is loving every minute in her new home.
When photographer, Tracey Buyce, saw Luna, she felt an instant connection. The dog was severely malnourished and living in a neighborhood in Mexico. Buyce convoked Luna’s previous family to let her take the sick dog. Luna was diagnosed with treatable cancer. Thanks to CANDi, she was treated and well taken care of. Luna’s story hit New York, and a family there quickly adopted the little dog. Now Luna is living the life with her family, healthy as can be.
Barney spent the majority of his life living in a testing facility as a research animal. When he was finally released from that terrible existence, Barney was adopted out to only be abandoned. Barney was then brought to a shelter where he ended up staying long term. Then, ARME’s Beagle Freedom Project stepped in to help this little guy. This rescue helped Barney find his forever home. Now Barney can live out his days, happy as can be in his new family.
When Meagan Penman found Leo on a beach in Thailand, she felt compelled to help him. Leo had no use of his back legs an they dragged behind him. He was also obviously malnourished and was covered in fleas and ticks. Penman raised money to bring Leo back to Canada, get him treatment, and find him a new home. Now Leo is living with his new family in Ontario. He even has a new set of wheels to help him get around. Having his legs broken couldn’t slow this handsome boy down.
Albie the goat was found wondering around Prospect Park in NYC. Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary was called, and they picked Albie up. Not only was he underweight and malnourished but Albie was infected with “worst case” of Orf that Woodstock staff had ever seen. Orf is a condition that causes the mouth and nose to be covered with lesions, making it incredibly painful to eat. Albie also had infection in his left leg and hoof, most likely from being hog-tied. After a while, the infection was not improving, so the leg had to be amputated. After trying a prosthetic for a while, Albie was unable to keep it on. So, Albie got a new set of wheels, and now he gets around just fine!
Frostie the snow goat is one of the most inspiring farm animals you’ll ever hear about. Frostie was rescued by Edgar’s Mission and was unable to even stand due to a health condition. This didn’t stop Frostie, though. Throughout it all, Frostie kept an excited and happy disposition and was excited about each new day. Unfortunately, Frostie just passed away due to complications from his illness. Frostie’s story, however, will live on.
Delilah was born into the meat industry. Thankfully, she is blind. Being blind meant that she would never turn a profit in the horrible industry she was supposed to be a part of. Delilah was abandoned and found wondering along the side of the road. Edgar’s Mission jumped in to provide Delilah a happy home. This gentle and inquisitive creature now lives the life. She gets to meet and hang out with other animals and recognizes the smell of her favorite humans.
Peni, the Orangutan, lost her home and, alongside her mother, was captured by local villagers. Unfortunately, the villagers did not have god intentions. They tortured Peni and her mother until a vet from the International Animal Rescue stepped in to save the pair. Peni’s mother, sadly, passed away from the injuries sustained during her torture. This left three year old Peni without a mother. She was, luckily, brought to the IAR’s Orangutan Rehabilitation Center where she found a foster family. After gaining enough confidence and skills, Peni was released into the wild. Unfortunately, after six months in the wild, IAR determined Peni was not fairing well. She is now back at the center and is hopeful to return back to her natural habitat in the near future. With her amount of spirit and spunk, and help from amazing people, we have no doubt she’ll be successful.
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