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Every year, the MSPCA cares for over 6,000 dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, horses, farm pigs and roosters. This past year, one dog in particular stole my heart. On April 14th, Franklin came to us as a stray. He was emaciated, weighing only 43 lb., and demodectic mange left his skin covered in crusty, scabby sores. His coat had completely fallen out to the point that we didn't even know what color his fur was. The most notable thing about Franklin was that he lacked the enthusiasm you would expect to see from an 8 month old puppy. On his first day in a kennel I was determined to make friends with him, though our physical interaction had to be limited as we didn't know at the time whether or not his skin condition would be contagious. I sat in front of his kennel and taught him to touch his nose to my gloved hand for a treat - he learned so quickly! I knew that Franklin would have a long road to recovery, but from that moment on I was dedicated to helping him be successful.
Our veterinary team worked quickly to diagnose and begin treating Franklin's skin and chronically infected ears. His coat slowly grew back and we learned that his fur is a beautiful blue merle color. With each passing day Franklin learned a little bit more about being a dog, and he really started to come out of his shell. As Franklin started to feel better and was allowed to interact with more people, it became apparent that he needed a bit more work on his manners than we originally thought. Our staff and volunteers worked hard to teach Franklin appropriate and polite ways to greet people, and that not everyone loves to have their hands chewed on like toys!
Franklin learned so much in those first several months, but he still hadn't found his perfect home. In July, I decided to take Franklin home to give him a break from the shelter. He got along so well with both my dogs that he came home with me every night from then on. At home, Franklin learned that it's not always play time - sometimes we can all settle together! And I learned that Franklin had already learned to go to the bathroom outside, and that he loves to burrow under the covers and prefers to sleep there all night! Taking our dogs home is a unique opportunity to get to know more about their behavior and personality. It's a great tool that helps up better identify the type of home and family they will do best in, and I'm grateful to have had that opportunity with Franklin.
Just a few weeks later, Franklin met his dad, Bill. Bill came into the shelter several times to meet Franklin and to learn more about him. I worked closely with them to come up with a plan that would help them both be as successful as possible, and I'm happy to report that they two of them couldn't be happier. This successful adoption would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the MSPCA staff and volunteers - from the Community Animal Welfare Specialist that took him in, to the veterinary team that diagnosed and treated his illnesses, the volunteers that fed him and cleaned his kennel every day, and the behavior team who helped him learn how to interact more appropriately with people. Franklin is just one example of the thousands of animals the MSPCA helps every year, but we can't do it without your help.
The MSPCA operates 365 days a year with no state or federal funding. Your generous donations are what allow us to continue to help all of the animals in our care. In addition to caring for stray and surrendered animals, your donation will help support programs like our renowned Equine Ambulance program, our innovative Humane Education programming aimed to inspire the next generation of animal welfare workers, and our low- or no-cost public spay and neuter, vaccination and microchip initiatives, just to name a few. Please consider making a donation during our biggest and most important fundraiser of the year. Thank you for supporting the MSPCA!
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