Yesterday, the television news crews came out to our shelter after word was received of a dog named Ace that was found with severe trauma on his head and thrown into a dumpster behind a school.
I think when the news crews arrived, they got more than they expected.
On the floor in our vet's office was a beautiful Husky that had been hit by a car and had a wounded leg.
Waking up from surgery was a chow chow -- that had also been hit by a car and had a bandaged leg.
Then there was Ace, who had a severe wound on his head.
KMBC News covered them all in this short clip:
This is the life of an open-admission shelter: animals hit by cars, animals with bullets in them, and those that have been abused. We see these things all the time (although, not usually three in one day). These are the ones we're here for: to get them well, and find them homes. We have a very talented staff and veterinary team that is helping make sure they get the good medical treatment they need.
When we formed the KC Pet Project we wanted to be a place to help Kansas City's homeless pets and it's animals like this that we want to be there to help.
I'd still like us to get out of the business of being forced to help animals that already have homes because our laws are taking them out of homes and bringing them to our shelter. That just takes resources away from dogs like Ace that really do need us to be there.
Our facilities are modest. The shelter was never really designed to save animals -- most built in the early 70s weren't. Our vet clinic is incredibly small for a shelter that takes in more than7,000 animals a year. And yet our team does some pretty amazing things.
I hope Ace pulls through OK. There are never guarantees in cases like this -- but we owe it to him to try.
Thanks to our area news stations for covering Ace's story. I sometimes don't think our organization takes enough credit for some of the lives we save and so I'm glad the larger public gets to see it. And some of these cases really are miracles.
I'll post an update on Ace as his treatment progresses.