While you read their stories below remember your donations to A Helping Paw Humane Society has made it possible to do such good work. It is with your financial donations and the dedication of our volunteers these pets have been saved. Our volunteers have given up precious time they could be just relaxing or spending with their families in order to help these pets. Countless hours, cleaning cages, brushing, feeding and keeping medical appointments. Not to mention hours spent with a sick pet force feeding, medicating, providing fluids, and loving just to save its life. Late nights spent with kittens who have lost their mother, that must be fed every 2 hours, require constant cleaning, nurturing, and help going the bathroom. 2 am emergency visits to the vet's are definitley not uncommon, and we can't forget the ongoing phone calls. This leaves our volunteers very little time for fundraising. If we've touched your heart after you've read our stories, please consider making a generous donation so we can continue helping pets just like the ones below. Currently we have over 30 lucky kitties in our sanctuary program. That's 30 kitties that won't be killed due to being unwanted. At AHP every kitty we take in is a wanted kitty.
Though we handle many more pets than this each week, these are the ones with very special stories...
Chuck update: Given up I was brought to AHP. I spent my first week hiding under blankets, the littlest sound - sent chills up my spine. I soon realized the care takers at AHP meant me no harm and infact have made me feel safe and secure. The hopes was to find me a new loving home as soon as possible. At my vet appointment it was noticed I had a heart condition. My echocardiogram determined I'm clear for now but will need future yearly visits. Not only did I get good news at the vet, but also a HOME! A vet tech who helped care for me fell in love and took me home the same day. Thank you to everyone who cared enough to donate to my care - I thank all of you for helping me get my forever home!
A Helping Paw Extended Care 2005-2012
"Can you help my father's dogs? He's been in the hospital and there is no one to care for them." That is a call we received from an attorney in Brockton, back in 2005. The situation was even worse than we could have imagined. Three dogs were on the property. Aierel , a little Yorkie, Palmer a Dal and Blackie the Pom. Though Aierel had the run of the house, Blackie and Palmer were confined to the basement. We were taken down stairs to meet the other two dogs. We opened the door to a room with a dirt floor. The room was so dark we could hardly see. Immediately we heard wines. It took a bit for our eyes to adjust enough to see a metal wire dog kennel about 2x3, with something moving inside. Then we heard the sounds of water hitting a metal pan - it was Blackie - so excited to see anyone he was urinating in his water dish. He was standing in nearly a foot deep of dog poo. We immediately rushed over to his kennel to let him free - only to find the wire latch was rusted shut. We were shocked to think how long this dog had been inside this kennel.
Though Blackie needed time to adjust to life outside his confinement, he feared nearly everything including going outside - he was placed up for adoption four months later. For two years we tried to find this wonderful boy a home, he had such an energetic personality! But most shook their heads when they realized this 10 year old boy would never be housebroken and still favored urinating in his dishes. Though we kept hope, blackie was placed in our extended care program. He truly adored his foster home where he spent the warmer months running free in the yard, marking anything upright that didn't move. Still fearful of new places, he would 'shadow' us where ever we walked. Taking him for a walk outside of his safe zone was not an option as he dug his feet in should we try. It didn't take long before Blackie became one of our training dogs. As we work with many young dogs with mild aggression issues, Blackie quickly taught them that aggression simply was not to be tolerated. Blackie, spending near seven years with us, at age 17 was put to rest this morning. We thank him for being part of our team training so very many dogs, enabling them to be adopted into homes with other dogs. We surely will miss him.
Wow have we had a busy week. 10 Kitties in Tewksbury desperately needed homes quickly when their owner passed suddenly. Unable to drive the cats to our shelter -near 2 hours away-, we begged for transport help. Time was limited. Things worked out for these kitties when our volunteer Ernie had a change in work schedule. 4 had found homes, and 6 are now settling in. We rescue many pets from private homes and other shelters far out of our area, so we always welcome gas cards to help with these transports.
Elderly man sat waiting for our volunteers to arrive one morning, he found a tiny little baby kitten in a dumpster overnight. Baby who hasn't been named yet, seems to be doing fine.
Just arrived, puppy Jake. This little guy was taken in by another shelter, but because of his aggression issues, wasn't able to place him in foster care. They worked so hard to find a safe place for this little guy, most others didn't want to take on the challenge. AHP read his desperate plea and is up for the challenge. Working together with this other shelter who didn't give up on him, Jake's life has been saved.
Dedicated to the Onset Fire Department who saved her life.
Piper spent near 4 days stuck in a pipe with no food or water until her cries for help were acknowledged. Finally she was found stuck in a PVC pipe, with a swollen face. The Onset Fire Dept. went to great efforts to carefully free her without causing additional injury. Emaciated, dehydrated from lack of food and water for days, with a possibly broken paw it is amazing this little girl survived. After calling many other shelters who weren't able to take her in, Piper (named by an AHP volunteer) was brought to us. For now she's doing OK, though she is in poor condition, she's eating and that is the best thing we can ask, considering all she has been through. We are welcoming adoption applications for her, but please understand she will remain with us while she recovers. And though this story is touching, there are stories just like this everyday you don't hear about - like our little Jitter Bug, a down-syndrome kitten, and the countless other cats and dogs we've taken in that have faught the odds. Because this story will probably get a lot of attention - I would like to put out a desperate plea for our shelter and every other animal shelter that is currently busting at the seems with cats and kittens- our pets need HOMES! Go to your local shelter today and give the best gift you can - the gift of life to a cat or kitten in need by adopting today! Any donations to help Piper and the 16 abandoned cats left by their owners can be sent to A Helping Paw c/o Piper. In addition we will be tracking adoptions related to people reading Piper's story. So if her story encouraged you to adopt from your local shelter or even our shelter, we want to know! Email us your stories and photos!
Bobby Jean Sept 08
This little four-five week old was surely seeking help when she made her way to the bottom of a woman’s porch stairs.
Immediately she could tell something was very wrong with this little baby girl. Now named Bobby Jean, she suffers from ongoing tremors. She is most likely suffering from a cerebellum disorder such as Cerebellar Hypoplasia (cerebellum not completely formed at birth) or Cerebellar Abiotrophy (after birth when cells atrophy). These disorders cause tremors, stilt-like walking, uncoordinated motion. Disease and trauma to the brain can also cause these symptoms.
So tiny, she developed a cold and is now on antibiotics. Poor little thing is so stuffy, I’ve spent several nights rubbing her nose which causes her to lean her head back making it easier to breathe. One day she startled us completely. She was sleeping while biting the bars of her cage. Apparently she learned she could breathe easier this way. We’ve provided her with a warm mist humidifier and a warming blanket. She also needs to be syringe fed four times a day a mixture of canned food, high-cal supplements and baby food meat. A good eater, she is quickly gaining weight. Because of her severe tremors, we do need to ensure she doesn’t harm herself. Loud noises and over stimulation startle her and increase her tremors. We put a soft kitty house in her cage to sleep in, but she seems to prefer sleeping on top of it.
As she gets older we expect her body to compensate as she learns to deal with her disability. Most of these kitties won’t improve, but will lead happy lives. We have five more just like her as permanent residents. Wobby showed signs shortly after being rescued from the woods along with her siblings. One sibling showed slight signs of the disorder but was able to be adopted. Fusion’s disorder resulted from brain damage caused by a disease that almost took her life. Leelah came to us as an adult who wasn’t even able to stand more than two inches from the floor. After about a year, most of her symptoms are gone. She now shows only mild motor Sprite, one of a litter born at the shelter, developed the disorder as a kitten. Still with us, he tries adamantly to climb anything he can. Gidget came to us as an adult and though she has a more severe case, we have been desperately trying to find her a home as she becomes stressed with many kitties around~ Donations to continue care for these special girls are welcomed. We are quickly exhausting our supply of baby meat and also welcome grocery store gift cards.
Flame, AKA Louise, has become a rather popular kitty due to the article in the Brockton Enterprise written by Kelly Fernandez. Thanks to readers who donated, Flame’s life was saved.
The fact that our shelter was closed and it was raining didn’t stop the person who dumped Flame in a carrier near our dumpster. More than likely she had been out there near 24 hours. She and the carrier were soaking wet. She was starving. The cat has lost much of her fur do to a flea infestation, over 1/3 of the tips of her ears are missing from a serious earmite infection, she has dental disease, and she is bloated almost twice her normal size from an untreated heart condition.
Even though she suffered neglect, her personality wasn’t damaged at all. Immediately she thanked us with her ongoing purrs.
Her extremely swollen belly was cause for concern. An x-ray confirmed fluid surrounding the heart. Later an echocardiogram confirmed she had leaky valves. She’s since been put on several meds and is greatly improving. At her latest exam the vet was extremely impressed with her progress. I am happy to take all the credit, as this precious little dear surely is loaded with Persian and is simply making it very difficult to treat her. I swear this little girl is lifting weights by night as she surely packs a punch when medicating her. In addition to having her meds compounded, baby meat has been a life-saver! Now that she is stabilized, we are seeking a home for her that will continue her medical maintenance.
Yoshi came to us when his owner could no longer care for him. Shortly after his arrival we found he was suffering from kidney stones. It took several weeks to raise the $500 required for his surgery. Thanks to another dog adoption we were able to raise the funds. He came through surgery fine. Yoshi at age 11 was deemed unadoptable by other shelters. But A Helping Paw finds these older pets make the purrfect companions to senior adults. With their calm nature, they are welcome companions. Yoshi recently just went to his knew home an is doing wonderfully!
Oct. 2005 - 30+ Kitties in need. Our latest project involves the trap and release of over 30 kitties. Sometimes kind people cause the problem. Feeding stray cats without ensuring they are spayed/neutered can turn the problem into an out of control colony by the next season. That's the case here. What started out as just a few feline friends hanging around has turned into over 30 plus now forging for food. These people who feed stray cats mean well, but can't understand just how much of a problem they are causing. Ultimately, they are causing the deaths of hundreds of cats and kittens.
Had the initial few kitties been spayed/neutered, there wouldn't be a problem right now. If nothing is done, soon there will be over 200 by spring! As it is already, we've seen countless young kittens just laying in the streets, hardly afraid of cars, they simply expect you to go around them. If we don't step in now, Animal Control will have no choice but to euthanize every cat and kitten there. If we don't intervene, this is the only way to prevent the colony from growing more. By February we hope to have every kitty altered and vaccinated so this horrible cycle will end. So, so many of the babies have died already. We are in desperate need of help to take care of these kitties. The problem is too big for us alone. We need traps, people to trap and most of all funds to pay for medical care. If you can help, please contact us ASAP.
Skippy was fortunate to find his way to us. He now has some new friends to play with and even the kitties don't seem to mind him.
Babies' Late Arrival:
Normally kittens start coming in late May, early June. This year they must have been holding out for warmer weather. Normally in July we can breathe a sigh of relief that most of the babies have been adopted and we can take a break to relax. This year that's not happening, they're keeping us hopping.
Mama Brooke litter: Four babies born in the wild. With mama not wanting to get in the trap, the four babies had to be taken. Once the kittens were removed, she let up a little and decided the food in the trap wasn't such a bad idea.
Fluffy 3 and Seven: Poor Fluffy, as gorgeous as she is, was left abandoned with her litter. A kind person brought her and the babies to us and they are now doing wonderfully.
Left and gang: Lefty and his three siblings were born outside. Too many people think it's cute when a feral cat has kittens. They like to watch the kittens grow up, but never consider what will come of them when they do. Sadly one of the siblings died, many times kittens born to an overbred mom, don't have a great start in life. A great reason to get any unspayed female in your neighborhood fixed.
Two FREE kittens at laundromat: Sick to think people still give kittens away free this way, not caring who or what takes these precious beings home. All they care about is getting rid of what they consider to be a hassle. Too many times the people who take them don't care either and dump them once they've grown. Too young to be away from mom, bottle feeding has saved their life.
Coyotes, coyotes, coyotes are all around us: Sadly many times mom is killed by a coyote leaving the babies starving and cold, that's what happened to two sweet little kittens. Sadly a third was bitten in the neck and didn't survive. How do you protect your cat? Make your kitty and indoor-only kitty. If kitty won't go for it, ensure kitty comes in before dark, using tuna as a nightly treat to encourage a safe return.
A threesome with fangs: Some times when we get them they aren't very nice, Velcro and his two siblings have bitten, growled and spit, but that hasn't scared us away, we know out there somewhere is a loving person ready to take on this challenge, until then we will keep giving them daily love and attention until we make them purr.
Four from the orange patch: Yes, we have four more orange sweeties. Must be the color of the year. These guys are still a bit nervous, but they are coming around. They were very fortunate people from Raynham , MA cared enough to trap and rescue them.
6 more!!!! OH, BOY! Many of our bottle babies have come from other shelters. Many shelters don't have the resources to care for bottle babies. Caring for newborns is very time consuming and challenging especially when you already have a full-house. But what's another night without sleep or another day totting babies around. I suppose there is one benefit to not having a real job, I can always take babies to work with me.
Some people turn their heads when they see a problem, some wrongly assume someone else will take care of the problem, few decide something must be done. It's those few people who make the real difference. If it weren't for them, none of the kittens above would have been given a second chance at life.
To date we have over 30 kittens!!! Please consider adding just one more to your family. It means everything to the kitten who gets a home.
Before left, After right
Our little 10 year old Yorkie came to us when her owner could no longer care for them due to illness. She was joined by her friend Blackie, a Pomeranian. both dogs needed a lot of work when they first came in, several baths later and some progress in the house-breaking routine and they are both showing improvements. Sadly neither dog was altered, which has led to a Tumor for Ariel and the cause of Blackie thinking everything in the house is grounds for marking his territory.
Just one of the kitties that need to be rescued ASAP. He was one of the first kitties trapped. We quickly found a home for him in Southern NH. So far our dedicated volunteer has trapped 5 kitties, one is a mom with three 2 week old babies. Imagine, these babies would have grown up in the wild, with a very uncertain future. To date the costs to vet just three of the kitties is well over $400. We can't continue saving the rest unless kind people like you make a financial donation. Please don't let these precious cats be destroyed, when money is the only thing needed. Saving these cats is hard work and very time consuming - our volunteers work all hours of the day setting and checking traps - they are happy to do it if it means saving their lives - won't you do your part!
Sorry no picture yet - Parker was the result of an unspayed female being left behind when her owners moved. Apparently kitty wasn't good enough to take with them. Being born outside with no one to love him, Parker became very weary of strangers. Even at only 7 months he became agressive and fearful when humans approached. Parker received medical care and was transferred to our sanctuary program where he will remain the rest of his life, safe and cared for. He was the lucky sibling, mom gave birth to two litters, none of the other siblings could be rescued. Parker, after over two months has just allowed us to pet him for the first time. He finally decided that love from a human feels good. Once he feels trul safe with us he will be allowed out of his cage to roam and play with the other kitties. Parker needs a sponsor. For just $25. a month you can ensure this sweet boy gets everything he needs.
Alone, scared and most of all starving and dehydrated, that's how she spent possibly two months or more locked in a utility shed. The Bourne Water Department found her, hardly able to move or meow when they unlocked the door. The door was locked 5 months prior. Weighing only three pounds, this 8 year-old kitty didn't look like she had much chance of survival. The many months locked in turned her into skin and bones. To touch her gave you a sick feeling in your stomach - out of fear you would injur her. A week of intensive nursing showed positive signs of improvement. Waters slowly gained weight and made noticeable improvements. She was spayed and vaccinated. Obviously at 8 years old not being spayed showed her caregivers couldn't have been very caring people. Waters will remain at A Helping Paw permanently as we suspect permanent damage has been done to her organs. Update: Waters health is again failing. Any donations to her medical care would be so much appreciated.
Timmy was due to be taken away and euthanized by animal control. AHP stepped in and rescued this poor soul. The owner's neglect of simply treating his ears for mites caused severe scratching which lead to gaping wounds in the back of his ears. All the pets under this collector's care had serious medical issues. Sadly we were only able to save one other before animal control came back. A little girl kitten who's mother was so sick she could no longer feed her. The kitten was only several weeks old, but quickly learned to eat on her own. Typically all animals that are sick are immediately euthanized by animal control. Timmy and the little girl were very lucky to find there way into A Helping Paw's caring hands. Timmy is now on a product called Revolution, infact this is what we use for many of the shelter cats to control earmites, especially the ones who just aren't that crazy about having their ears cleaned. Any donations or funds to purchase Revolution would be appreciated by the kitties.
Marble, a young 6 month-old kitten, had an eye so swollen, it was the size of a ping pong ball. His many attempts at getting into a shop in Buzzards Bay finally paid off when the owner of the shop saw he desperately needed immediate medical care and brought him to us. Obviously his current owner didn't care enough about this sweet little guy to pay for his vet bill. With no chance at all to save the eye, Marble had his eye removed that week. He also got the attention of a kind couple in the waiting room and got a great new home.
Lucky was left homeless when a run down building in Middleboro was destroyed. Raised on the streets, Lucky didn't trust humans and could not be placed in a traditional home. She was entered into our sanctuary program and has joined the other kitties at our sanctuary in NH. Sadly, Lucky required her left eye to be removed, but she has come through surgery just fine and is quietly recovering. Soon she will be back at the sanctuary with the other kitties.
* The holidays are coming, everyone wants to get the purrfect gift, and pet owners can be fun to shop for. One item to avoid purchasing is those adorable little fur covered animals you see displayed at malls and finer stores. You've seen them, kitties curled up in a basket happily enjoying their nap, various breeds of dogs, and countless other animals. One thing all of them have in common, animals had to give up their life for these quaint figurines. And though many people think the fur is rabbit (not that a rabbit should die for our pleasure) most are made from cat fur. In China cats are not valued as pets, cats are killed so their gorgeous fur can be made into an everlasting ornament to add to our decor. If Americans stop purchasing these 'animals of death' their won't be a market for them and no more will be imported.