Success Stories

United Animal Friends experiences some incredibly challenging and some very happy pet rescues.  Here are a few stories of the animal rescues we receive and a glimpse at how these special pets have touched our hearts.

Hoarding Situation
Hoarder before afterUAF rescued a group of matted Maltese mixes who came from a hoarding situation where they’d been confined to a bathroom their entire lives.  When they were siezed by animal control, they were found with no food or water.  Some were so matted, their fur was a solid mass. When we decided to take them in, we didn't know much about them.  We didn't know if they had health or emotional issues, or how long it would it would take before they would be ready for adoption.  We only knew that that the frightened pups would be much better off in our loving foster homes than in a noisy shelter.  

Each blossomed at a different rate.  They ran from humans, but liked other dogs. 
- Oliver quickly discovered the joys of human attention and was adopted within a month. 
- Mia was afraid of her food and took more time to learn to trust. 
- Pearl would not eat for the first few days, and then would eat only if no one watched.  Her foster mom made a point of playing with her other pets in front of Pearl so she could see that they were happy and safe. 
- Lulu was very skittish but, luckily, her adopters were as patient as her foster mom.  They came to visit three times to let her get used to them and then, on the second visit to their home, she stayed for good. 
- It took Allie two months to relax enough to be adopted by a retired woman who has lots of time and love to give her. 
- Benny bonded with his foster mom but panicked when she had visitors, jumping from a second floor balcony to escape.  It took two days to get him back, but one week later, his perfect match was found and he is now living in the lap of luxury.  
All are now happy and loved.  
Rescues like these take patience, but happy endings like these make it all worthwhile.

Jim Bob and Sir Thaddeus Triscuits III
Jim Bob and TeddyLike any curious kitten, Jim Bob wanted to try new things.  One of the things he decided to try was the resident dog's dinner, but unfortunately, the dog disagreed.  A scuffle ensued and Jim Bob's tiny skull ended up fractured in two places.  After emergency treatment at the veterinary clinic, he went home with Suzy, our Cat Coordinator, who also happens to be a nurse.  Suzy needed to find a way to protect Jim Bob's fragile skull because even a bump could be fatal, so she did some research and found an example of a crocheted helmet, which another volunteer made for him.  Jim Bob recovered, but was left with significant vision deficits.  

Sir Thaddeus Triscuits III, aka Sir Lovesalot, aka Teddy came to UAF at four months old, with a hole about the size of a quarter in his left thigh.  The wound was old and he had learned to walk with the leg tucked under him, while using his tail for balance.  The leg needed to be amputated and afterwards, Teddy went to Suzy's to recover.  When he arrived, Jim Bob greeted him like an old friend.  Neither of them had a very good kittenhood so far, but they made up for it by playing, eating and sleeping together.  Where one was lacking in life skills, the other showed the way.  Jim Bob taught Teddy that dogs are OK, while Teddy encouraged Jim Bob to explore heights.  Together, they made a great team and are now a bonded pair helping each other through life.