Oh my, I have prayed so hard for this little girl since the first time I saw her on the internet. I was searching PetFinder and found her at the Jackson County SPCA which is located 2 hours from Birmingham in northeast Alabama. I immediately emailed the shelter and inquired about her. I had several specific questions. I was delighted to hear that she fit the description of what I was searching for. However, they found out from the vet earlier that day that she was Heartworm positive and must be removed from the adoptable list for 6 week. Oh, how sad I was to hear this, but I did not turn away. She began the first treatment that day. It would be 1 month before the next two treatments. After several emails and conversations I was told that if she survived the treatment, she would be mine!
All was going great until April 27th when Alabama was hit with the worst day of tornadoes in its history. They were all over the state. As fortunately as I was to not even lose my electricity, I was so upset to hear the area where Ruby was took a bad hit from an EF4. So last weekend, I drove to Pisgah AL where the shelter is located. I did not know whether it would be standing or not, or the conditions of the people and animals there. All along the way there were so many trees down and destroyed schools, bussinesses, and homes. When I finally got there, I was pleasantly surprised, all was well. There was no electricity, or phone service. But there was no damage and everyone was fine!!!! I was also so glad to see the nice shelter that Ruby was in. Laurie Shaw is the owner. A kinder person to animals you'll never find. The shelter is so nice with large stalls for the dogs. All of the stalls have pet doors in the rear that lead to the large play yard. The shelter is very clean and orderly. All of the animals are given individual attention to meet their specific needs physically and socially. The cats have very large cages with multiple levels and are also given time out of the cages to run around in the shelter.
Because Ruby is so small, (3 lbs) she had her own special little corner in the office. She received so much attention there. When Ruby landed there, her horrible days of neglect ended.
Ruby had her last two treatments for the Heart worms this past Monday and Tuesday, and all is great. I picked Ruby up yesterday and brought her home. We stopped by my vet to turn over her records and get her checked out. Dr. Tucker said she seems to be doing great! I have been given a plan to continue her treatment and to get her to eat proper food and gain weight.
WELCOME HOME RUBY!!!