Annie McHound was not more than three years old when she was found by a family in the corner f their backyard on a summer day. No one knew how long she had been out there. but her skinniness gave a hint that she had passed a long time starving.
They put the pup in a large Tupperware container and immediately taken to the stray Rescue of St. Louis for help.
‘She was in really bad shape when I got there” Donna Lochmann chief lifesaving officer at the rescue said. They even really didn’t know how long she can live.
Luckily the family called for help just in time. According to Lochmann Annie had been covered in more fleas than the experienced rescue had seen in a long time. Lochmann carefully loaded Annie into her car and called the vet team at the shelter to let them know about Annie’s condition. That’s when Annie’s devoted village of life-saving helpers started to form.
The team’s first task was to clean Annie thoroughly when she got there. After the bath, the team quickly realized that Annie couldn’t stand up on her own. So they wrapped her up with a soft blanket and made her as comfortable as possible in her kennel.
They tried to give her fluids. But when she still wasn’t getting stronger the team decided to send her to an emergency Centre to get a blood transfusion.
Annie’s team had already fallen in love with her within those first few hours o meeting her. And they couldn’t wait for her to come back. They were eager to continue nursing their new girl back to a healthy dog.
When Annie returned the sick girl had to spend her time in an oxygen chamber to strengthen her lungs. Because the lungs were severely damaged by anaemia.
But her dedicated team of shelter staff was there with her all the time. when she wasn’t in her oxygen chamber the team would take her outside and let her sit under the sunlight. They want her to enjoy some fresh air. And she even loves t spend time with them outside.
Slowly Annie started to get stronger when her lungs were finally healthy enough to breath without an oxygen chamber. She moved out of the clinic and now she can be with other animals. She can finally start to act like a dog now.
Sooner she will get adopted when she completes her foster life. She is a happy dog now. And the shelter staff is also happy that she has finally become a real healthy and playful dog!