Furlife German Shepherd Rescue, a non-profit organization in South Carolina, has recently taken in a special needs puppy who has somehow lost a portion of all of her paws. The pup, dubbed “Ravyn,” was previously with a rescue agency in North Carolina, but the group was unable to provide her with the veterinary help that she needs to live a pain-free life. Danielle Bellknap, the rescue agency’s director, told Shelter Me:
They had no resources for this poor girl but wanted to help.We did a rescue to rescue transfer because we knew we could give this poor girl a chance. Her initial photos just grabbed me. Something about that sweet face of hers just grabbed my soul and I knew we HAD to help her.
Bellknap described the heartbreaking condition of Ravyn’s legs to Shelter Me:
This poor pup has deformities on all four legs. She is missing part of one back leg and is missing the paw on the other back leg. She is also missing a paw on the front leg and the other front leg still has a paw but (it) isn’t fully there.
A veterinarian has examined Ravyn and the cause of her deformed limbs remains unclear – there are indications that the puppy may have suffered abuse in her past. Ravyn’s emotional state appears to have been impacted by whatever took place in her past – Bellknap explained:
When she is down on the floor and she is given the chance to get a little bit away from you she shows a tremendous amount of fear. Even urinating on herself and trying to run and hide in every corner or spot she can. Once you get her in your arms, She wraps what’s left of her poor little legs around you and just holds so incredibly tight! As if she is saying, Please don’t let go of me!! It truly breaks your heart!!! Doesn’t matter how much you love her and how much attention we have given her, last night she laid on my chest for 2.5 hours.
A brighter future is in store for the puppy – Animal Ortho Care is in the process of creating prosthetic legs for Ravyn. According to Bellknap, the prosthetics will cost $2200 – though the cost (which has been greatly discounted for the rescue group) is high, it is a price the rescue organization is willing to take on in order to help improve Ravyn’s quality of life.
On Tuesday, the rescue group commented on their desire to give Ravyn everything that she deserves:
She’s been through so much in her sweet little life it’s now, its time for her to learn what it’s like to be a puppy! I truly look forward to getting her new legs in. I can’t wait to see her running around and playing like a puppy should!
Interested in helping the rescue group cover the cost of Ravyn’s prosthetics? Donations can be made via PayPal Furlifegsr@yahoo.com
Find Furlife German Shepherd Rescue on Facebook here.
Note: What led to Ravyn’s current condition remains under investigation.
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