Bringing Hailey Home
I don’t know how I found Save a Dog or who sent me in the right direction, but I had been walking and petting my virtual fosters daily for as long as I can remember. I didn’t have any particular type of dog or location that I preferred, just knowing that a small amount might help kept me fostering and re-fostering. Eventually, I stumbled upon an emaciated dog named Hailey. She had been rescued from a high kill shelter on the day she was scheduled to be put down.
|I virtually fostered her and posted her page on my profile multiple times hoping that her sad figure would spur interest in her and the site, but time went on, I kept on re-fostering her, but no sign of her leaving the kennel and being actually adopted seemed imminent. Day after day there was her emaciated body on my screen until one day, I looked at her and said to myself, “What if?” And with that one question the wheels were set in motion. We were already a pretty full house, me, my husband, and our three dogs, so taking in another dog wasn’t something we were planning on, but off we went. I filled out the application with the Ace of Hearts rescue shelter in California and next thing I knew, we were arranging a house inspection for approval by a local shelter. Once completed the only thing left was to prep for a road trip. Hailey was in the Los Angeles area and my little family was in Portland. On a fine Spring day in May, we met Hailey at her foster home in San Gabriel and welcomed her into our family. Just looking at her you can tell she’s had a rough life. The vets have estimated her age to be either 8 or 9 and she’s definitely had at least a couple litters. She has scars all over her body and face from what I can only imagine she must have endured to survive on the streets of LA. Looking at her eyes we initially thought she probably had cataracts, but our vet informed us that it was not, but rather scarring. Well, that’s the end of the sad part and I’m proud to say that that part of her life is over. She will never have to worry about where her next meal is going to come from, she will never wont for love ever again. Now she happily curls up on her blanket with a full tummy and a family that loves her dearly. We call it her well deserved retirement. She is so full of love and we are so lucky to have her as part of our family.|