Pictured above, Ms Sizemore receives a big kiss from Grace on the day she was adopted by the Ripley County Humane Society. Pictured on the left is the day Grace arrived at the shelter, scared and hurt.
February 1 was a wonderful day at Ripley County Humane Society for staff, but especially for Grace, a six-month-old puppy who was adopted from a Forever Home.
In a previous article, readers may recall that Grace was saved from being hit in the road by a Good Samaritan after being “thrown” out the door of the shelter.
Shelter manager Janet Orr said it was obvious Grace had been both abused and neglected, as she had multiple open wounds to her feet, legs and other parts of her body.
According to the vet who treated her, the injuries were caused by her being confined and forced to stand and lie in her feces and urine. She also shows signs of extreme malnutrition.
Grace’s vet bills were considerable, amounting to nearly $1,000, but the generosity of people who donated to Grace’s care through the Go-Fund-Me page and mailed in donations was incredible and demonstrated community interest in abused and neglected animals.
Recently Mrs June Sizemore was contacted, who together with her husband and granddaughter welcomed Grace into their home.
From the start of the phone conversations to the end, it was apparent that Grace had been adopted by an animal lover’s St. Francis forever home. As Mrs. Sizemore explained, Grace was welcomed into their home of four dogs, three cats, two birds and a pet mouse.
How did Grace react to her adoption? The photo of Ms Sizemore and Grace, which was taken at the shelter on the day Grace was adopted, clearly shows the ‘bond’ between the two, a bond that had been formed during Ms Sizemore’s frequent visits to the shelter to track her progress as Grace’s many wounds healed.
Staff mentioned that the treats Ms Sizemore regularly offered Grace during her visits also strengthened their bond.
According to Ms Sizemore, Grace is clearly part of their family. On her first night out, she totally enjoyed the thrill of being able to run free (for over 45 minutes) with her foster canine siblings. One can only assume that it was the first time in her life that she experienced so much joy, love, security and freedom.
Grace’s rescue isn’t the first time the shelter has taken in abused and neglected cats and dogs. Unfortunately, it won’t be the last. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that “nearly one million animals a year are abused or killed in episodes of domestic violence.”
Fortunately, there are caring people like Mr. and Mrs. Sizemore as well as those who support the shelter. As a non-profit “No Kill” shelter, the RCHS is entirely dependent on adoptions, grants and the generosity of donors who help support the animals entrusted to the shelter.
For those who wish to offer their support, there are many ways, including walking the dogs and spending time socializing with the shelter’s canine and feline population. Regular human interaction is essential to prepare dogs and cats for adoption into Forever Homes. Information can be obtained on their website: rchumane.com under “Ways