Carrie’s story with AWLA began on a summer day in June 2016 when she arrived as part of our transfer program from a West Virginia rescue group. The other dogs in that transfer were made available for adoption and found homes right away, but Carrie needed more time. She was reactive towards other dogs and people that approached her kennel. We could see that she was distressed and wanted to help her realize she was among friends. We quickly learned that you could win Carrie over quite easily with one important thing - a tennis ball. Once you won her over, you were included in her “circle of trust”. Being part of Carrie’s circle had its privileges - “members” could introduce Carrie to new people and she would immediately accept those people as her friends as well. As Carrie’s circle grew, we learned she was incredibly food motivated and smart, so we moved her into our Director of Adoptions’ office and he began to work with her. Unfortunately, life in a shelter is hard, even if you get to hang out in an office, and we knew Carrie needed to be in a home where she could continue her training.
Just before Christmas, Carrie moved in with one of our foster families who cared for her for two months. She did well in her foster home and was even invited to her foster “grandparents” house for the holidays, where she made even more friends, including the family dog and cat. Carrie did wonderfully. Her foster mom later told us, “Of all the dogs in my life, Carrie was the best dog I ever had”. However, Carrie’s foster home was only temporary - she still needed a home of her own. On February 6th, 2017, after eight long months of waiting, it was finally Carrie’s turn to be adopted. A young couple came in to meet her, fell in love, and that was that! We threw Carrie a going-home party, complete with cake, balloons, and a big send-off.
Carrie’s adopters recently reported that they have a happy girl on their hands, “Carrie is doing just wonderful. As you can see, she is happy at home with her toys and taking naps. She has gotten used to our routine and still just loves to play at anytime. She is eating well and loves to play fetch with the random sticks she finds outside”. We are so thrilled to see Carrie thriving in her new home. We miss our little “wiggle-butt” but we couldn’t be happier for her!
April Donation Match
This month we are extremely lucky! Two very generous donors have combined their resources and agreed to match every dollar donated by April 30 up to $57,000! That means all gifts made in April will be DOUBLED, helping to save twice as many animals in need.
Happy Tails: CiCi
In March, a rescue group in Kuwait contacted AWLA in need of help. They had a group of cats who, because of various medical issues, were unadoptable in Kuwait, but they knew would have a significantly better chance of finding homes in the United States. A few weeks later, five adorable cats made the long journey to AWLA. One of those cats was Cici, a skinny Persian cat who was missing both her eyes. We learned that Cici had been found running up to people in the streets and crying, unable to see. The Kuwait rescue immediately took Cici to a veterinarian, who discovered that under the dirt and matted fur, her eyes were already gone. When she arrived at AWLA, our vet team re-checked Cici to make sure she had no underlying medical issues resulting from the loss of her eyes. Luckily, other than being thin, Cici was in good health, and was adopted just two weeks after arriving!