This story is by Deborah Hoffman, a very concerned citizen that uses here time and resources to help these neglected, sick stray animals in an area near I 59 & W. Little York known as the Corridor of Cruelty. Deborah wrote an article in the March issue of Houston PetTalk Magazine….here is a follow up to that story.
Not too long ago, an amazing rescue occurred in the Corridor of Cruelty . It began one day while I was refilling the stray dog feeding stations off of Homestead Rd. I spotted a mange-ridden, emaciated and practically hairless and pregnant female lab mix. She was imprisoned behind the fence of an Auto Shop and ran sheepishly away from me when I approached her. For two weeks I continued to feed her and gain her trust. The time came to spring her from jail and Patricia Burrows jumped into action.
Patricia is an amazing person….. time after time she marches right down the streets of the Corridor and grabs and gets dogs without fear or worry. She knows when a job has to be done and does it. But boy, what she didn’t know was what she was getting into that sunny Saturday afternoon. When she arrived at the Auto Shop to retrieve our mangy, emaciated, momma-to-be, she found her wandering in a field. Not only did she scoop her up but found out that, lo and behold, she wasn’t pregnant afterall. Well, of course not, because “Momma Mia!” had birthed 10 puppies just hours earlier!!! A little boy had collected the puppies and placed them in a cardboard box that Momma could not possibly have gotten into to nurse them. All 9 puppies in the box were soon to be thriving (1 died before Patricia arrived on the scene) and snuggled safe and warm with Momma Mia in a kennel at our vets.
Soon after their rescue, Patricia brought Mia and puppies home to foster them. She began supplementing Mia’s milk with dropper feedings at least once daily as Mia was in such poor shape, she worried that the puppies might not be getting enough nourishment. Aloe vera rubdowns, boo-coos of vitamin supplements and boiled chicken and rice were soon daily routine for Mia. But Mia did not improve or show any signs of being comfortable for a very long time. The puppies though, grew fat and at the appropriate time began to eat boatloads of mush and were completely weaned and turned over to Pup Squad’s puppy adoption program. Luckily, an extra special foster named Rebecca was found that could continue Mia’s care post-nursing and Mia was recently spayed. Unfortunately, Mia is strong heartworm positive and will need treatment to kill the worms. Her hair is finally growing back and she is happy as can be in her new foster home. Mia is in the adoption program of PAWS Animal Rescue, Inc. and donations are needed to pay for her heartworm treatment.
If you can help with a donation for Mia, please visit our website at: www.pawsrescue.org where you can make a Paypal payment or you can mail a check to:
PAWS Animal Rescue, Inc.
P.O. Box 816
Alvin, TX 77512
Check out “ Momma Mia’s Rescue” slideshow at: http://secure.smilebox.com/ecom/openTheBox?sendevent=4f4455354f4445344d513d3d0d0a&sb=1