Pit bull in need of adoption saves fellow dog's life in an unexpected way
Last week a severely injured, extremely small Chihuahua came into the Animal Intake Department at the Humane Society of Huron Valley. Weighing only 3 pounds, this 5-month-old puppy had a badly broken front leg and had not received any medical care for that injury for more than a week. She was in excruciating pain, had stopped eating and was barely moving.
Surgery was needed but the veterinarians were concerned that she was not healthy or strong enough for the medical procedure which would most likely result in the amputation of her leg.
The skill and care of our surgical team could not save the Chihuahua’s leg, but she did make it through the two-hour surgery. Still, she had a battle on her hands, and her white blood count was dangerously low. A blood transfusion was the best hope for her.
The veterinarians decided to select one of our most friendly and healthiest dogs to provided the life saving transfusion for the Chihuahua we started calling Tinkerbelle. Ziggy, a amiable pit bull, gladly sauntered into the surgery prep area with his tail wagging and waited for his next set of instructions, just happy to be out of his cage and with the people he has come to know at HSHV.
Some people may laugh when they see the handmade surgical gown that Ziggy was placed in with the words Pet Hero on it, but we all love it. One our veterinary technicians fashioned that with her own hands for just this type of occasion. She wanted the animal donor to feel special and to be recognized for helping another pet in need.
Ziggy’s blood did help. Tinkerbelle is doing remarkable well and should be placed up for adoption in a couple of weeks. The cute, small dogs, even the ones with just three legs like Tinkerbelle, will always get adopted quickly, so her future looks very bright now.
In most stories the hero is the shining star, the one that gets accolades and flowers thrown at his feet but for this dog, it was simply back to his kennel. Now on his 127th day of being in an animal shelter through no fault of his own after being abandoned in Ypsilanti, Ziggy does not feel much like a hero today.
Pit bulls are over-bred, misunderstood and under-valued by many, so a fantastic companion waits again for a day that he will really feel appreciated. The day he leaves HSHV and his heroes take him home forever.
All of the pets at HSHV are spayed or neutered, up to date on all vaccinations and microchipped before leaving the shelter, a cost that is included in the low adoption fee. Please stop by HSHV between the hours of noon and 6 p.m., seven days a week, to visit our adoptable animals.
The Humane Society of Huron Valley, located in Ann Arbor, was awarded the "Best Large Animal Shelter in Michigan" by the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance, for the second time in a row this year, for saving the most lives. HSHV is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies solely on donations from businesses and individuals to support our community programs.
HSHV is not affiliated with the Michigan Humane Society or any other humane organization. The mission of HSHV is to promote responsible and compassionate care of all animals in our community.
Deb Kern is the marketing director at HSHV.