First Save of Christmas: Mattaponi

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The CASPCA Clinic has seen a lot of crazy things, but a dog who was shot in the shoulder by an arrow? That’s a first. I’d been spotted by a local resident, who reported me to Animal Control. Nobody was sure how long I’d been suffering and in need of medical attention.


I was at the CASPCA with the arrow still lodged in my shoulder. Dr. Anna Sims carefully removed the arrow, took care of my wounds, and clinic staff plucked all the ticks off my body. Everyone at the clinic was impressed with my positive attitude, and couldn’t believe how friendly I was after everything I had been through. There’s a good chance that I will always have a little bit of a limp, but I’m getting better every day.mattaponi-1

While I’ve been on the mend from my injuries, they discovered that I have heartworms and started treating me. It’s not contagious, but I’ll need to take it easy and stay on medication for a little while longer.

The good news is that I have been cleared for adoption! Hopefully the right family will want to take me home in time for the holidays. Sure, I’ve got a limp and some time to go before I’m 100% better, but I’m keeping my head up and my heart open. I guess not many dogs can say they’ve been shot by an arrow and lived to tell the tale.



doc_98418“Even though he came in with an arrow still in his shoulder, he maintained a great attitude and was a brave patient. He wagged his tail quietly during his evaluation, despite the arrow. I hope he continues to recover and will find a wonderful family to love him and work with him as he gets better.” ⎯Dr. Anna Sims

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

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