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Sugar Paws: A Diabetic Dog's Journey!

In the sheltering world, we often hear stories of resilience and transformation, but Alice's journey is truly special. Alice, a timid and scared stray dog, found her way into our hearts on August 12, 2023. She came to us seeking refuge, unsure of what the future held.

Recognizing her need for love and care, we placed Alice in a foster home on September 10, 2023. This family not only adored her but also dedicated themselves to helping her overcome her separation anxiety. Through patience and affection, they provided a safe space for Alice to blossom into the loving companion she was meant to be.

Alice and her foster mom, Melissa.

However, Alice faced another challenge on her path to happiness. After noticing she was drinking and urinating more than normal, our veterinary team discovered she was diabetic. They performed bloodwork and a urinalysis, both indicating diabetes mellitus. Shelter Medical Director, Dr. Weekes, started Alice on insulin to manage her blood glucose levels. Alice’s foster family remained steadfast during this process, fully embracing the additional care and medical treatment Alice required until she could find her forever home.

Her foster says, “Although she had some medical needs, we knew she would make a wonderful companion for a family! She loves people and LOVES being LOVED! We are so happy that we got to be a part of her journey into a furever family. She was our first foster, and she helped us to understand the importance of fostering!" Despite this additional hurdle, Alice’s spirit remained unbroken.

As time passed, Alice's warmth and affection touched the hearts of everyone she met. She had a unique gift of making strangers feel like friends, spreading joy wherever she went. Her loving nature became her most endearing quality.

Finally, on February 9, Alice's journey came full circle as she found her forever home. Alice's new family welcomed her with open arms, ready to provide her with the love and care she deserved.

Alice and her adopter on her Gotcha Day!

Today, Alice is thriving in her forever home. Her story serves as a reminder of the incredible resilience of animals and the transformative power of fostering. As we celebrate Alice's journey, let us also remember the countless other animals awaiting their own happy endings. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of animals in need, one heartwarming tale at a time. Alice’s adopter says, “My son and I adopted Alice just recently. She is just perfect! Smart, sweet, silly & beautiful... she is exactly what we were looking for!”

Alice snoozing peacefully in her forever home.

If you would like to open up your heart and home to one of our shelter pups, apply to become a canine foster today! You can help dogs just like Alice and be a part of their happy ending!