Chicago Residents Help Sick Puppy Rescued from Construction Site

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Given all of the disturbing stories that the media seems to cover about animals being mistreated, it is nice to hear a heartwarming one. Dogs are special creatures. They do so much to enrich our lives that it is hard to imagine why anyone would want to abandon one of these creatures. Dogs serve many functions in society. When they become sick, we tend to feel their pain and want to do whatever we can to help them. This includes when we encounter a sick dog on the street, or at the scene of a construction site. This is actually the subject of this post. It was just recently that a dog was rescued from a construction site. It was sick and in need of a lot of medical attention and some tender loving care. Since the dog had no owner, who would pay for all of this? Residents from across Chicago ended up taking this dog in and a lot of money was raised to take care of it. Here is the story:

The Situation

There are rescue shelters across the country that work hard every day of the year to take care of animals that have been neglected and otherwise forgotten. If it was not for their work, many thousands of animals, dogs among them. would surely perish each and every year. This is simply not acceptable. These same rescue organizations will care for sick or injured dogs. However, a sick dog requires professional treatment from a trained veterinarian. This costs money, and that is not always something that a shelter has sitting around. There is a limited budget, so they must depend on the generosity of the community to help them out in this regard. At the same time, no dog should be allowed to suffer simply because a shelter has a lack of funds. This is a belief that one particular shelter in Chicago wholeheartedly believes in.

Just recently, volunteers from a shelter called One Tail At A Time happened to be at Chicago’s animal shelter when a puppy was brought in. A man was able to bring the puppy in and said that the dog was found at a construction site in the city. It was only three months old and was very tiny. The dog obviously has a lot of problems. The paws were swollen beyond believed and there was a severe skin infection to account for. This skin infection actually left the puppy with raw red spots all over the body. Those must have been very painful. The puppy was also quite lethargic, indicating severe malnutrition. Something had to be done and fast or the dog would have a difficult time of it moving forward.

What Happened Next?

Sometimes good fortune just comes our way, and that includes for dogs as well. Since the dog, who was named Parmesan Crisp by the volunteers at the rescue foundation, was in such bad shape that immediate medical care was needed. The staff took the dog right in without any regard for the finances that would be involved. The puppy ended up staying at the vet overnight and was then taken to a foster home. The dog is now resting at the home while she receives the followup treatment necessary to deal with the skin infection and bring her back to full strength.

As for the puppy, she has a long road ahead of it. She does not really like the medication but is slowly getting into the routine. She is, however, showing signs that she is starting to feel better. The reason the dog became sick in the first place is that she has since been diagnosed with Juvenile Cellulitis, which is an autoimmune disorder. Some people refer to it as the Puppy Strangles. This disorder does impact puppies from three weeks old all the way to four months. It impacts the face of the puppy, the outside region of the ears, and the salivary lymph nodes. Because of this disorder, medication will be required for quite some time in order for the dog to get better.

Where Do the Funds Come From?

There are rescue shelters across the country that work hard every day of the year to take care of animals that have been neglected and otherwise forgotten. If it was not for their work, many thousands of animals, dogs among them. would surely perish each and every year. This is simply not acceptable. These same rescue organizations will care for sick or injured dogs. However, a sick dog requires professional treatment from a trained veterinarian. This costs money, and that is not always something that a shelter has sitting around. There is a limited budget, so they must depend on the generosity of the community to help them out in this regard. At the same time, no dog should be allowed to suffer simply because a shelter has a lack of funds. This is a belief that one particular shelter in Chicago wholeheartedly believes in.

While the rescue foundation does have an emergency fund, it is quite low at the moment. There are also other dogs to take care of. They estimated that it would cost about $4,000 to take care of this puppy, so they went to Facebook to tell Parmesan Crisp’s story and make an urgent plea for help. Within a weekend, they surpassed their goal of $4,000 and had raised $5,500 to take care of the puppy. This shows the generosity of people when presented with real-life problems. It shows a community willing to do whatever it can to take care of its own, and this includes the dogs that live among them. This is such an important story to share with others. It is important to consider the welfare of others and to help out when we can. The rescue foundation is doing great work. It needs help. The volunteers cannot financially save every dog it comes into contact with, but with the community’s help, the dogs at least have a fighting chance.


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