First Save of Christmas: Annie


When Annie came to the CASPCA as a stray in late June, she was covered in heavy tangles and mats, her ears were filthy and infected and her fur was caked with mud and debris.  Her front teeth were very worn down and a couple of her teeth were fractured, most likely from her being caged for most of her life and anxiously chewing on the metal frame. Annie had two mammary masses, a urinary tract infection and she tested positive for hookworms and whipworms.

The following day, Annie was sedated and given a full body shave, ear cleaning and bath. Over the next few weeks, she was spayed, both mammary masses were removed and she received treatment for the urinary infection, ear infection and worms.

In early August after recovering from her surgeries and responding well to treatments, Annie was cleared for adoption.  Three days later, she began a fresh new beginning after being adopted into the loving home of the White family. Her new family saw her online, loaded up their almost one-year-old Great Pyrenees, Angel, and headed to the CASPCA.  Her mom relayed, “It was love at first sight for all of us and with tears of joy in my eyes and my heart bursting with happiness, we were on our way home with our new sweetheart!”  During her first night in her new home, this sweet 7-year old poodle mix, gathered all of Angel’s toys one-by-one and placed them around herself, squeaking each of them each until almost 2am when she finally grew tired and fell asleep.

Annie’s days are now spent playing with these toys, especially tug-of-war with her sister Angel.  Annie loves racing and playing with Angel and when there are more than two dogs, she instantly becomes referee.  Annie’s other favorite pastimes include taking long walks in the woods and running and playing with her family’s grandson.  She enjoys rolling in the grass, tummy rubs and dancing in circles of joy for her food.  She loves mealtime and prances her paws and jumps in the air and circles around and around while canned food is mixed in with her dry food.

“Annie has really taken a shine to being groomed! She loves being brushed daily and her coat has grown into a very beautiful and healthy, wavy coat.”  Her mom wrote, “I wish I could convey how much happiness she brings into our lives every single day.  She is pure joy to our hearts and souls.  We love her so very, very much!”

This holiday season, please think of the thousands of animals we have saved and the thousands more we have yet to save.