Imagine being kicked out of your car in the middle of nowhere with nothing but the wilderness around you to depend on for your survival. You have no cell phone or other means of communication with anyone. You have to solely rely on your own instincts to stay alive. This is exactly what happened to Dorothy, a roughly 3 year old Cocker Spaniel. J.J. Woofin’ Paws Rescue Agency responded to a call about a dog wandering alone along a dirt road in the Palmdale desert. When they arrived, they found a scared, dirty, sick, and matted little dog. Rescuers could not tell if the dog was a male or female because of all the matted hair, but their gut instinct told them it was a female and they named her Dorothy.
Dorothy appeared to be an overall happy dog because she never stopped wagging her tail. However, she was still very scared and would not allow anyone to touch or pet her. She showed signs of domestication by going into a dog crate on her own free will and laying down in there as though she felt safe.
Dorothy’s physical condition was so bad that her legs were matted together with debris she had picked up along the road. She also had a sore on her eye and several injuries all over her body.
The rescue agency immediately made arrangements for Dorothy to go see a veterinarian to have her condition fully assessed and to get her cleaned up. Dorothy was sedated for her treatment so that the technicians would not cause her any further pain. After several hours, and a whole POUND of hair gone, Dorothy was well on her way to a full recovery.
If you hadn’t showered in weeks, or possibly months you can imagine how great it would feel to be clean and well groomed again. Dorothy was just as excited. She slowly began to trust her caregivers and would allow them to pet her.
Over time, and after another surgery to heal her eye wound, all of Dorothy’s wounds have healed. Thanks to the quick response and care given by J.J. Woofin’ Paws Rescue Agency, Dorothy is now doing great and was adopted in September 2013.
So many other animals just like Dorothy get left behind by their owners to fend for themselves and often die. It is such a tragedy that things like this happen every day. Each and every one of us can do something to help in the fight to rescue other dogs just like Dorothy. Rescue agencies all over the country need people to help donate money for supplies, foster pets until permanent homes can be found, or even to adopt a loving pet who had been abandoned. You CAN help make a difference.
Please help to share Dorothy’s story and bring awareness to those around you. You never know who you might reach and what lives you can save.