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Welcome to Fospice, April

It’s a hopeful #FospiceFriday for our new Fospice friend April. This 14-year-old girl was rescued by Shelter Chic after she was spotted crying in her cage at the shelter. Her skin was ravaged with mange and and huge lymph nodes swelled her mouth. After being rushed to the vet to relieve her pain, it was discovered that April had Lymphoma for which there was no cure.

Her prognosis of 4-6 months is becoming more real, as it’s been six months in foster care. But we know TLC can work miracles, so we hope she can spend even more time with Tracy in the coming months and remain comfortable.

Shelter Chic partnered with @fosterdogsnyc and @susiesseniordogs to find this little lady the perfect home to recover from her painful ailments and live out her days surrounded by comfort and love. Foster mom Tracy was an ideal candidate, having a super-senior dog of her own, named Andrew. Deaf and blind, Andrew is 15 years old, rescued from Animal Haven. He’s not thrilled to share his home with another dog, but he’s being a pretty cool host and is learning to tolerate having a canine roommate.

Tracy first heard about Fospice at a senior event we co-hosted with Susie’s Senior Dogs, at Dog & Co!

Tracy writes: “I first heard about Fospice at an event I brought Andrew to, which was hosted by Susie’s Senior Dogs and Foster Dogs at Dog & Co. I’ve been really excited and interested in senior adoption for some time, as seniors are totally moving at my speed of life (I also love to sleep and eat!) – and I know they have such a hard time being adopted. At the time of the event I had only adopted Andrew a couple months prior, but at the same time I really wanted to be able to help as many dogs as possible, and have been waiting for the right time to do Fospice.

I also do cat rescue as my heart just hurts for those animals that aren’t loved, or were abused, or need extra help an time and care, and I have the space and time and love to provide, so Fospice felt like a natural fit, and an incredible option to be able to help more dogs.

I want to be able to provide a place for pups like April that need somewhere to call home and feel loved and cared for, especially at a time in their lives when they are most vulnerable. I’m already seeing a huge difference with April, who came to me all scabbed and bleeding from her non-contagious mange, who didn’t want to be touched, and now loves to be held, jumps up in my lap (though honestly, mostly when I’m eating or she’s hungry and demanding food!), and has really blossomed and her spunky little personality is coming through.

I know that April won’t be my last Fospice, as I’m already so grateful to be a part of her life, and will continue to open my home to more special dogs like her in the future.

So thank you for allowing me to be a part of this program! I’m grateful for all the work you are doing, and your support of Shelter Chic and dogs like April.”

Our Fospice program is dedicated to saving super-seniors and terminally ill shelter dogs, and providing them with a comfortable and supportive home for their final weeks/months. For more info, visit our Fospice page on our website and please make a donation to support April and other dogs like her.


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