How many humans it takes to rescue one English bulldog?
I’m going to tell you about one such rescue, and then you can decide.
Written by English Bulldog News member, Twice.
One morning, on his regular drive to work, Mark Kenny saw a dog on the side of the road. He pulled over to try to save her. She was emaciated and obviously overbred. Her teeth had been filed down. With everything that had been done to her, she was still a sweetheart.
Mark put her in his truck and drove to work for advice on his next step. While he was on the phone with Mid Atlantic Bulldog Rescue, his co-workers each opened their wallets. When I met Mark to pick her up, he handed me $120.00 that they had raised so far to help pay her medical expenses. Mark then told me that his wife, Alicia, was also taking a collection at her job. Together Mark and his wife were able to raise almost $300.00 to put towards the stray bulldog's care.
The second I saw her, I knew she was in desperate need of medical attention. My son and I rushed her to our own doctors at Rutherford Animal Hospital. Dr Beeber, owner and Director of RAHO, cared for her himself. We had no name for this sweet girl, so the doctors and staff at RAHO named her Asbury, which was the approximate location in which she was “saved”.
Blood tests showed a seriously low white count which brought the concern that she might have Parvo. She was immediately placed on IV fluids and antibiotics. Later tests proved negative for the parvo virus but positive for pyometra. She needed emergency surgery to remove her infected uterus, but because her health was so bad it could not be done. Things weren't looking good for Asbury.
During this time, News 12 NJ got ahold of the story.
(followup on Asbury)
Following their coverage, both MABR and RAHO received hundreds of calls from people asking about adopting her, fostering her, or just wanting to donate to her care. After careful screening of all of the applicants, a new family for Asbury was chosen. This morning, after nearly a month in the hospital, I had the absolute JOY of introducing Asbury to her new foster/adoptive family. Make no mistake about it, they are winners!
Dr Beeber and Rutherford Animal Hospital have offered to continue to treat any and all bulldogs brought to them by MABR at a discounted rate of 30%, which is great news for the rescue.
So the question was, how many humans does it take to save one bulldog?
The long answer is, it takes:
- 1 person willing to be late for work to save a soul in need.
- 18 co-workers willing to reach into their wallets to help pay for what they could not provide themselves.
- 1 incredible doctor and an amazing staff, willing to give up their time and money to do whatever was necessary to save this sweet girl.
- 1 rescue organization and all of their volunteers who are willing to give themselves completely. To raise money, make phone calls, transport sick or unwanted animals to and from hospitals, screen applications, visit homes for evaluation, and all for no personal financial gain whatsoever.
- 1 news team willing to put aside the top stories of the day and inform the public of these injustices and ask for help.
- 100’s of people picking up their phones to offer their homes, prayers and money.
- 1000’s of strangers who offered prayers and well wishes.
- 1 wonderful family willing to take a chance and give sweet Asbury what she has never known in her life… LOVE
So, the short answer is this… it all starts with one person. It starts with YOU.