star·va·tion ˌstärˈvāSH(ə)n/ noun, suffering or death caused by hunger

Never a fan of meetings, I decided to do my meeting with Aimee and grab Donna and do it in my favorite office, the Jeep. The decision to do this on the road of the mean streets made the difference between life and death for two special dogs.

Checking on some of the feral dogs we have known for years, we poured the food and kept discussing shelter matters. It was upbeat in the Jeep, Donna with her quick wit and Aimee with her contagious laugh.  I even commented that it was pretty quiet on the streets that day, and Donna responded, “We did it! We solved the stray problem,” and we all laughed again.

 As the Jeep rounded the corner of an area where most homes sat empty and demolished, we saw the first needy stray – a very thin brindle boy. He stared at us like a deer would at a hunter, and for a second I thought he would flee. But as I talked to him, his low tail began to wag as if saying, “finally the Calvary is here to save me.” Now named Carnegie, he melted into my arms. On closer inspection, I saw the tell tale signs that he most likely was once a bait dog, the victim of a fighting ring. Passive, loving and confused, he welcomed the Jeep.

Within minutes of Carnegie’s rescue, the call came in for an emaciated dog just blocks away from where we were.  We arrived at a fairly large apartment complex and were greeted by many impoverished residents with big hearts.  With their tips, we were able to find Zopa in the maze of one story timeworn apartments. I gasp at what I see.

Surrounded by onlookers stood a scared skeleton with one blue eye. I could tell the residents were concerned and afraid of her at the same time. They didn’t know what to make of her.  She didn’t run. I doubt she had the strength to, and eagerly took my offering…… a hot dog.  Picking up her boney, frail body, I notice she weighed virtually nothing. In the distance, I heard one woman yell out, “Oh thank God! She just breaks my heart.”  My heart was broken too.

With Zopa safe on Aimee’s lap, we take off to our vet/trauma center where our vet team was ready to get to work on both Zopa and Carnegie.  Both skinny kids did great together in the Jeep; both skinny kids knew their lives were about to change, but this time it was for the better.

Dogs that starve to death experience a myriad of painful symptoms throughout each stage of their physical deterioration. An initial loss of body fat is followed by muscle loss and atrophy and, ultimately, organ failure. In long-term starvation, degeneration of the liver, cardiac changes, anemia, and skin lesions may develop. Luckily this will not be the fate for Zopa and Carnegie.

This is why we have the Stracks Fund which was established to be used exclusively for emergency medical care to help dogs like Zopa and Carnegie heal. Please donate to this fund today or donate via our Go Fund Me page to help pay our staggering bill at Veterinary Specialty Services – the emergency vet center where many of our most extreme trauma cases go for lifesaving surgery and medical care.

Your generous donations are the reason we’re able to save so many lives at Stray Rescue! You make the difference between life and death. You can make a difference for Zopa and Carnegie today!


Love and woof,

Randy, Aimee and Donna and 2 special dogs!


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