Sixth Save of Christmas: Melody

During the month of December, we’re sharing 12 stories about animals saved by the CASPCA this year. These stories exemplify our commitment to maintaining the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA as a No Kill community, and they have a happy ending because of the tireless efforts of our staff and the generosity of supporters like you. 


6. Melody

There’s nothing strange about a puppy throwing toys around, rushing to meet new people and, yes, sometimes barking at new people! But if you met Melody you would notice something right away. She has a difficulty using her rear limbs. She can be unsteady on her feet, and will sometimes fall down.

Melody was born at another Virginia shelter. In early July (Melody was approximately one month old) the shelter staff noted that she was having trouble using her rear limbs, and she was evaluated at a local private practice clinic. Radiographs were performed, and Swimmer’s Syndrome was suspected. Swimmer’s Syndrome is a developmental deformity that causes a puppy’s limbs to splay out, making it impossible to stand up. A physical therapy program was started including placing hobbles to hold Melody’s limbs in the correct position.

Recently, Melody was transferred to the CASPCA. We had a puppy with Swimmer’s Syndrome last year who was successfully placed into a foster home and then adopted, so we were ready to help Melody! Swimmer’s Syndrome has not been confirmed, but Melody has been examined thoroughly, and other than her hind limbs, appears to be a healthy puppy. Just a little bit wobbly….

Now Melody is ready to find a home. We are so glad that the CASPCA was able to save Melody, but now she needs your help finding her family. Please share Melody’s story so she can spend the holidays receiving the love and affection she deserves.

This holiday season, please think of the thousands of animals we have saved

and the thousands more we have yet to save.