It can take a village to put a pet in need on the path toward happily-ever-after. For Emma, it was more like a small city.
Things didn’t seem all that complicated at the start. A local animal control officer (ACO) found the stocky beagle mix wandering the streets alone in January, cold and confused, but still sweet. When she got to the ACO’s municipal shelter, the mild-mannered 7-year-old was happy to finally be inside with meals she could count on and a warm bed for her tired bones.
And she definitely needed a soft spot to lay on. Emma wasn’t feeling very good (to put it gently, she wasn’t watering the grass outside as much as she should have been). The ACO realized a visit to the doctor was in order. During an exam with a local veterinarian, all signs pointed to a urinary tract infection, and Emma began a course of medicine to fix it. Simple enough, right?
But as time went on, the little lady wasn’t making progress. She perked up at the chance to be an “assistant” in the municipal shelter’s office, but her sad eyes were begging for a way to feel better. She was desperate for relief.
Emma and the ACO headed back to the local vet, and an x-ray revealed the reason for her intensifying discomfort: a huge, so-big-you-can’t-believe-it bladder stone. Surgery was the only option. For local shelters, surgery typically comes at a cost their budgets can’t absorb.
The ACO turned to the Connecticut Humane Society, which partners with municipal animal control shelters across the state to provide pro bono medical care to pets in crisis. Sometimes it can be a simple spay or neuter, or some dental work. At other times, like in Emma’s case, CHS’ medical team performs a lifesaving procedure that can’t be delayed.
When Emma arrived at CHS’ Newington Pet Wellness and Adoption Center and met her medical team, vets and vet techs scheduled surgery for the next day, vowing to give the pooch a happy future with lots of playtime and pain-free bathroom breaks outside.
Surgery went smoothly, and everyone worked to give Emma a pleasant recovery. Over time, her sagging tail started to wag, and those anxious eyes grew full of hope. TLC from the medical team, as well as volunteers and animal care staff, reassured Emma that brighter days were on the horizon.
They certainly were. The ACO who cared so much about Emma had found a potential family for her, and as soon as she was cleared by CHS’ medical department, she headed back to the municipal shelter for a meet-and-greet. Everyone agreed it was a great match, and the pup headed to her new home with a bounce in her step no one had seen before. Now with that boulder removed from her tiny bladder, Emma’s new family gave her the final healing touch she needed.