Liberty Overcomes a Background of Abuse and Neglect
By Jim Kober – Director of Content
GreaterGood.org’s Rescue Bank provides grants to the animal rescue community in the form of donated pet food and other supplies.
“She went from a 20-pound skeleton to a healthy 40-pound pooch!”
A member of Animal Responsibility for Fayette Missouri (ARFF MO) saw a picture of Liberty on Facebook pleading for someone to help her. ARFF MO sent a team to a trailer out in the country terribly run down and surrounded by trash. The dogs there were not being cared for or provided any shelter. They lived exposed to the elements and spent their days trying to survive. The people who lived in the trailer were abusive and didn’t care what happened to them.
ARFF MO rescued Liberty and her siblings on 4th of July weekend. She almost died on them twice. Liberty was so sick that she had to spend two days in doggy ICU receiving fluids and antibiotics due to being septic.
It took ARFF MO 20 days to teach Liberty how to play with toys, eight months to trust anyone to walk her on a leash, and a year for her hair to grow in. She now lives in foster with several other dogs and two cats. Liberty is loving life and so happy to be alive. She spends her days playing outside, taking walks, and sleeping in her own bed. She welcomes new foster dogs who come through the home and teaches them the ropes.
Liberty still has trouble eating dry food and hair is missing from her tail and face. This is a result of being so malnourished and having dermatomyositis. She has overcome her past mistreatment by humans and is a beautiful example of why rescues are so important.
“GreaterGood.org’s Rescue Bank provided our rescue with high-quality wet food that we could give Liberty. She was able to get much-needed calories, vitamins, and minerals that she had never gotten before. She went from a 20-pound skeleton to a healthy 40-pound pooch! We were able to use the treats that were provided to use as rewards for housebreaking her, learning to walk on a leash, and just to trust people. We also got puppy pads to help keep her area clean during the beginning of her healing process. Her skin was covered with fungal/bacterial infections and pressure sores. Without Rescue Bank’s help, we couldn’t have provided such great care!” – ARFF MO
by Jim Kober, May 10, 2019