As the temperature drops and the all-too-familiar St. Louis cold is at our doorstep, I am so thankful to have been able to rescue Thatcher, a dog that I have been feeding on the streets for a while and had that defeated look that I've seen way too many times.
I wasn't able to pick her up until we had space in the shelter, but today it was immediately clear that she had gone down hill rapidly since the last time I saw her. She had a missing eye, which must have happened recently. She had open, bloody soars all over her head and body. I could tell she had given up, and it was unlikely she could survive many more frigid nights. Her face was so sad. Thatcher needed help fast.
She was on her last leg, hungry, and tired - she wasn't difficult to rescue. I put her in the jeep, and off we went to the Stray Rescue veterinary and trauma center. My amazing vet team got to work healing her right away. As I was leaving to go feed more street dogs, Thatcher gave me a lick on the hand and a hopeful tail wage - more than I need to reenergize my spirit and have faith that she'll be in a foster or adoptive home before I know it.
We were lucky last year, dealing only with a mild winter. I don't think we'll be so lucky this year. The cold temperatures, the ice-cold winds, freezing drinking water, and the malnourished bodies of homeless companion animals is a recipe for disaster. If you are able, please donate to The Stracks Fund, our emergency medical fund, and help dogs like Thatcher recover after being subjected to the harsh streets. Thanks to The Stracks Fund, we are able to save so many companion animals in critical condition every winter; ones that would otherwise not make it. You can donate by clicking the icon below:
Love and WOOF!