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Paralyzed pup is going to have a very merry Christmas after all

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From The Central Alberta Humane Society

You may have seen these pictures of Angel when she came into Central Alberta Humane Society a few weeks ago. She came to us from the Town of Sylvan Lake Bylaw, found outside an apartment building. Angel was paralyzed on her hind end and was extremely emaciated and malnourished… just look at those sad eyes. We didn’t know the outcome for this poor girl, and you, our amazing supporters & donors graciously flooded Angel with kind words and donations. We are so very thankful to everyone who took a special interest in this sweet girl’s journey.

After consulting veterinarians & specialists, we learned Angel was born paralyzed & it wasn’t a result of an injury, a bit of positive news. We were told a doggy wheelchair would be the best option for her. Angel stayed in our offices and received so much love and care from our staff & volunteers, while we continued to monitor her to make sure she was eating, drinking, and putting on weight. She was, and we were thrilled to see her demeanor change from sad & nervous to a happy, fun-loving, pup! Enter feel good adoption story…

We are so grateful that Lisa happened to come across our plea for Angel on social media. She herself has a paralyzed & deaf dog named Pooter, who happily lives his life in a wheel chair. Lisa told us that something about Angel connected to her, and we felt the same with her. After she told us more about herself, her husband Jeff & their fur-babies, we knew they would be the perfect family for Angel. Incredibly, Lisa gave up her job many years ago to care for Pooter full time. There was no way he could be left alone everyday, and selflessly they both have given up so much to care for their special needs animals, but they get so much love in return too.

Yesterday we were shown that Christmas miracles do happen and these incredible adopters have proven it. Jeff and Lisa drove almost 3 hours with their paralyzed dog Pooter to meet our sweet Angel for the first time. Pooter is as incredible as his people and boy did he show Angel how a set of wheels can work!

We were excited to send Angel off into her sunset with an amazing experienced family and a new life that will include a wheelchair and round the clock care. We have never met a family more committed to their animals, Angel is in great hands. Lisa & Jeff will be creating a special Facebook page just for Angel, so that you can follow her progress and share in her new journey if you wish. We will share it on our Facebook page once it is up.
Once again we want to thank you all for your donations, your kind words and your inspiring support for this beautiful little dog. Our staff had many happy tears saying bye to Angel. We will truly miss her playful nuzzles, her little barks and her loving snuggles. She stole many hearts during her short stay with us but we know that she will now have a chance to live her very best life. A Christmas miracle indeed!

 

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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