Sometimes, we get cases with such diverse complexities that it seems impossible to overcome, but it is instances like these that remind us why it's worth investing in the wellbeing of every animal that comes to the rescue.
Rex is the perfect example; he ended up in our care because this laundry list of issues was too much to manage. He was in so much pain when he arrived that we were concerned he had child aggression as the unrestrained love kids show caused him a great deal of stress. He was in a great deal of discomfort, that the presence of other animals made him nervous and lash out. Ultimately, this caused us to be concerned that he had dog aggression. His displaced spinal discs affected his mobility, so we were concerned he wouldn't walk, run or play. He had uncontrollable diarrhea and urinary incontinence, and we weren't sure he'd ever be able to lay on a carpet with a family. This was all before we managed his seizures and thyroid condition.
Today Rex is seizure-free, thyroid managed, irritable bowels regulated, and discs fixed. Now that he's comfortable: he loves kids, loves running with the other dogs in his household, takes daily swims and shepherds the whole pack around - always aware of the location of his favourite ball!
Rex's success is due to the dedicated efforts of his fosters, current and past, who showed him, endless love, while being the frontline of navigating his smorgasbord of issues. We couldn't help all these special animals without the dedicated advocates within our community who choose to open their hearts and homes. If you've got the space, the time and love to share, there is nothing quite like fostering a rescue animal - they can be so full of surprises!