Stray Thoughts News, Events & Adoption Information Spring 2017 Inside Page 2: General Information Emails & Letters Page 3 Ready for a Home Page 4: Ask the Trainer Page 5: Pet Watch with Dr. Main Page 6: Upcoming Events Volunteer Spotlight Page 7: Petals for Pets Page 8 – 9: Hearty Thanks! Page 10: Vehicle Donation Program Page 11 – 12: Barkapalooza Stray Thoughts is an official publication of the West Suburban Humane Society, a not-for-profit, volunteer- based animal shelter. No city, state, or federal funds support WSHS. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. Please call (630) 960-9600, ext. 25 to submit articles or receive donation information. Adoption Center: 1901 W. Ogden Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515 E-mail Address: Director@WSHS-DG.org Phone: (630) 960-9600 Fax: (630) 960-9604 www.WSHS-DG.org Meet Wally, a Gentle Soul in Need W hen we received the email from a rescue in Oklahoma, asking us to help with Wally, we immediately said yes. It didn’t matter that he was a special needs dog that was missing one of his front legs. One look into those soulful eyes and we knew we couldn’t turn our back on him. He deserved to find a home of his own. to use when he goes outside for playtime and walks. This will alleviate the stress and pain on his front leg and his back. He will also benefit from regular chiropractic and acupuncture care. As you can imagine, all of this will be very expensive and will really take a toll on our medical fund, which is already stretched thin. The rescue said Wally was found running loose; they had no idea how he came to lose his front leg. Maybe he was hit by a car or suffered some other sort of trauma. We will never know – but we do know that Wally is a sweet dog with an amazing personality. He is so outgoing and friendly. Wally loves everyone he meets! After Wally arrived we took him to our vet to have an overall checkup. What they found was not good news. Wally’s remaining front leg is loaded with arthritis and it is very painful for him to walk. Because he tries to compensate for the pain, Wally has also done damage to his spine. Who knows how long the poor guy has been suffering? To make matters worse, Wally tested positive for a tick borne disease. The vet immediately put Wally on anti-inflammatories, pain medication, supplements and antibiotics. The antibiotics are short term and will take care of the tick borne disease. The pain medication and supplements are for life. Wally will also have to be fitted for a cart which he will need At West Suburban Humane Society we never turn our back on an animal in need. Wally will get whatever he needs to make him comfortable and give him a good quality of life. But we can’t do it without your help. Your generous donation enables us to pay for treatment for dogs like Wally and many more just like him. Through it all, Wally remains a happy, loving, boy with a tail that never stops wagging. Even though he is in pain, he never gives up and we will never give up on him. He is a gentle soul that deserves a chance at a happy life. Can you help us give Wally a happy ending?