Survivors Who escaped Death and now have for ever parents. Happily Ever After
Every so often, a shelter animal beats the odds. Not by getting adopted, but by surviving euthanasia. Those are big odds. Wall-E was one of 5 puppies that were abandoned outside an animal
shelter in Sulphur, Oklahoma. Suffering from under-funding and
overcrowding, the shelter made the regrettable decision to put them all
to sleep. They were given injections in the limbs and heart, tested
with a stethoscope to check they were dead, and their bodies put out for
disposal. But the following morning something astonishing happened. An animal
control officer who inspected the bin found that one of the puppies had
apparently come back to life and was jumping around the container, tail
wildly wagging. Seeing that some deity must be watching over the little pup, the
shelter decided not to make another attempt at euthanasia. Wall-E was
taken by one of their veterinary technicians and put up for adoption.
The shelter received hundreds of calls from families wanting to adopt
the pup. Wall-E finally found a forever home in Philadelphia with a
family that already had another rescued dog. Wall-E’s story has a message. Not all shelter animals beat the odds
of being killed because they are homeless. Most of them never even get
that close. There are hundreds of adoptable animals out there. Please
adopt your next best friend from a shelter. Or consider opening your
home to foster. There are many pets just like him that are still
And here we have another dog blessed by the Gods. Another dog that
cheated death by being killed in a shelter. Not by lethal injection,
but by a gas chamber. In October, the 20-pound beagle Daniel was found as a stray and sent
to an overcrowded animal shelter in Florence, Alabama. He was scheduled
to be euthanized with 18 other dogs, but somehow survived death without
even getting sick. It’s speculated that Daniel may have found an air pocket in the
chamber for the weight of gas is heavier than air, but that’s a one in a
million chance. Again, another miracle dog that got hundreds of people wanting to
adopt him. Daniel finally found his forever home with a family in New
Jersey that already had 4 dogs. He was flown to NJ by 11th Hour Rescue
with the help of Pilots and Paws.
At least 15 states have banned carbon monoxide for euthanising
shelter animals, but it is still a method used in many parts of the
country. Other states are moving towards banning the gas chamber, but
not fast enough.
She should have been dead from the force a speeding race car had when
it hit her. And she was taken for dead when a policeman dragged her
body and unceremoniously dumped her behind some garbage cans. But a
woman who belongs to the Bulgarian team of Let’s Adopt decided to check
for herself. So she and others on the team drove several hours to where
the rally was held.
And found Michelle.
At the bottom of a ravine, with double fractures in both hind legs, a
broken pelvis, and she had spontaneously aborted her unborn pups. If this was the case in the USA, Michelle would have been released
from her injuries by what is commonly called “humane euthanasia”. Let’s
Adopt didn’t release her. They took her to a clinic and made the
decision to fix her up at whatever it takes. It took months of multiple operations and thousands in donations.
Michelle must have known that because she pressed forward with a will to
live, and got up and walked. After a short while she was flown to Germany to finish her rehabilitation.
Today Michelle is in her forever home in Belgium.
Most likely the world’s most famous survivor.
He was starved and stuffed into a trash bag, then shoved down a
garbage chute in a Newark, N.J. apartment building this past March. The
building superintendent noticed a slight movement in a plastic bag, and
when he opened it up, there was the emaciated dog, barely alive. The
dog was found so emaciated his bones protruded from his skin and he had
no body temperature. It is the worst case of animal abuse most have
ever seen. Newark Animal Control rushed the dog to the 24-hour Garden State
Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, N.J., where he was given blood
transfusions, pumped with fluids and covered with heating blankets. He
wasn’t even expected to survive the night. And he remained in guarded
condition for months. Patrick has a facebook page, The Patrick Miracle, that has over 120
thousand members. He is currently in a foster home getting used to all
the conveniences of today’s pampered pooches. Treats, walks, play, good
food, bedtime in his people’s beds, and very likely – squeaky toys!!!
But everyone wanted a piece of Patrick. Facebook groups fought with
one another over the right to use the term “Patrick’s Law”, referring to
a movement to put in place tougher animal abuse legislation. The
Associated Humane Society, the group that first received Patrick in his
distressed state, put copyright on all their photos in hopes to combat
uncontrolled profiteering on his image, and sued the Garden State
Veterinary Specialists Animal Hospital for custody of Patrick.
All those “meltdowns” aside, Patrick has recovered from a shell of a dog to a healthy 50 pounds of pure puppy love. His twisted former owner was indicted by the Grand Jury on two fourth
degree criminal charges including animal torment and torture. Her
trial is scheduled for January 20, 2012.