Case Studies

These are interesting case studies of animals that have come to Pets Alive and needed some extra care or were extremely interesting cases. We share them with you here in the hopes of getting donations toward their care, sharing with you some of the more interesting animals that come here and to hopefully expose them to more views, in the hopes of getting them a home. We hope you find these stories worth commenting on and following. Please leave us your feedback.

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shea3.jpgShea was a dog that came into our hearts by fate. It was a Sunday in June and we were anticipating a transport of dogs to arrive from a high kill facility in Tennessee. Shea just so happened to be on the transport although she was not one of the dogs we were expecting. But seeing this young, beautiful, sweet yellow lab mix greet us at the side of the vehicle, we knew that we could not send her back to an unknown fate. So we gladly brought her inside and while trying to track down her medical history, we set her up inside a separate room where she would not be around the other dogs at our facility. The transporter bringing her had no idea who she was or where she had come from, she had pretty much just found her in a situation where the owner had died and all the dogs the person had been caring for had just been “set free”. We had no records and no history and Shea was so sweet. Going back to the town she came from would have meant certain death as the kill rates in that shelter were well over 96%.
Read the rest of the case study here.

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amelia11.jpgAmelia is a Sharpei that came to Pets Alive about 7 months ago. She came from the south and had been a stray living in a junk yard. She gave birth to a litter of puppies and all of them, except for one, were killed by workers at the junk yard, or by a roaming pack of stray dogs. Amelia was determined to protect her last puppy with her life if necessary. When a kind neighbor saw the dog, half starved to death (because she would not leave her pup to forage for food) and fiercely aggressive at anyone who came near, she took pity and called the local shelter. This shelter sent out an ACO and they darted Amelia in order to sedate her and capture her.

The shelter was a high kill shelter though and dogs like Amelia stand zero chance of survival, as 95% of all the animals that walk through their doors are euthanized. Pets Alive took tremendous pity on Amelia and all she had been through and we decided to take her here.
Read the rest of the case study here.

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Written by Dale Katner – Case Study – Missy
missy.jpg When I started working at Pets Alive last June, I must admit to being a bit overwhelmed with the number of cats that lived here. I believe there were about 99, and they were divided into 6 rooms. There was one beautiful 8 year old kitty that lived alone in the kitchen, her name is Missy. I soon found out why Missy lived in the big kitchen all by herself, she HATES all of the other cats!! Or, as I tell her, she is so special that she gets her own room. Those of you who know Missy, know that she is a staff and volunteer favorite. She definitely has her own personality, part sweetie pie and part MONSTER! Well, in the last couple of months, my Missy started losing weight and her coat was looking “ratty” (no offense to the rat lovers, I love them too. She was vomiting almost everyday, and was refusing to eat even the secret special food I would bring in for her. Janet, our vet tech, took her to Dr. Furman for blood tests. Everything came back normal, except for her liver values, they were high.
Read the rest of the case study here.

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tommy2.jpgAs each dog newly arrives to any shelter environment, I’m sure a plethora of emotions overwhelms them. Where are they? Why are they here? Who are all these strange people and loud noises? We are obviously not shocked to see some dogs behave very introverted before they become more accustomed to their new surroundings.Tommy was no exception. On his arrival on January 1st, we were delighted to meet this small, awkwardly designed (yet infinitely adorable) little man. At about 30 pounds, he appears to be some weird concoction of perhaps, basset hound, corgi, sheba inu, and a whole lotta mischief.
Read more about Tommy

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Badgee

With one of the Georgia rescues we got in a litter of lab pups. One of these pups the staff started to call Little Mutant Man.
This poor little guy was showing very weird signs of bowed legs.
Read his full story here.