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UPDATE August 18, 2016: We recently had a chance to catch up with our pal, Duncan, formerly known as King, as he waited to see Dr. Douglas for a routine checkup at our Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center. The handsome, young pooch has recovered nicely from his surgery and has been loving life in the home of his newfound foster mom, Jessica.

Although Jessica says his favorite pastime is taking long naps and lounging, Duncan loves playing with his light up bouncy ball, going for walks, and has recently learned the art of going up and down stairs.

Duncan will remain with his foster home until he is fully cleared for adoption, at which time, Jessica said she plans to make him a permanent part of the family.

UPDATE June 6, 2016: It's been almost a month since this sweet pup first arrived at our Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center in desparate need of help. Since the surgery to repair his prolapsed rectum, King has made incredible progress in his recovery. So much so, in fact, that his doctors have cleared him for adoption! If you're interested in meeting King and learning how you can make him a part of your family, contact Cindy Sczudlo at 516-883-7900 ext. 272, or

UPDATE May 31, 2016: It’s been almost two weeks since King underwent a delicate surgical procedure to repair his severely prolapsed rectum, and we’re thrilled to report he’s “doing fantastic,” according to Animal League America Senior Vice President & Chief of Veterinary Staff, Mark Verdino.

“While still not 100 percent out of the woods, at this point his prognosis is good,” he said. “There is no evidence of breakdown of the repair to his colon. He currently has soft stool, but keeping in mind that a large section of his colon had to be removed, this is not unexpected. Overall, he went from a situation that would have been certain death to a chance for a full recovery and a normal life.”

The handsome boy, who can’t give enough kisses and show enough love to everyone he meets, will continue to recuperate under the 24-hour care of the medical team inside our Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center for as long as he needs. Please continue to support this incredible program. Your generous donations help save pets’ lives every single day.

North Shore Animal League America prides itself on ensuring that every homeless animal that comes through our doors receives the personalized care they deserve. Whether it’s providing emergency medical care, long-term rehabilitation, or a second chance at finding a responsible, loving home, the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization will always be there for our four-legged friends regardless of the circumstance.

Recently, we met a young puppy in dire need of urgent medical attention. The handsome 6-month-old Pit Bull named King had a severely prolapsed rectum, which means a portion of rectal tissue was protruding through his anal orifice. Animal League America Senior Vice President & Chief of Veterinary Staff Mark Verdino said this injury was likely the cause of the puppy consistently straining to defecate, but there were other significant concerns as well. 

“Internally we felt a bulge, which indicates a process called intussusception. This is a telescoping of the gut often due to chronic diarrhea,” he said. “We’re not certain how long this has been going on, only that the rectum prolapsed about 24 hours ago. At this point this little guy is very unstable and we need to get him prepped for surgery.”

Intussusception is a serious condition in which part of the intestine slides into an adjacent part of the intestine. This "telescoping" often blocks food or fluid from passing through. This condition also cuts off the blood supply to the part of the intestine that's affected, which can lead to a tear in the bowels, infection and even death of bowel tissue. Doctor Verdino said even if all goes well with the surgery, it’s the days that follow that will determine if King makes a full recovery.

“The goal is trying to get everything replaced and to get the gut to heal, but many times these animals are so protein depleted that healing is impaired,” he said. “With surgery like this, we’re probably looking at 10 days of recovery time considering the support and care he’ll need, and that’s assuming all goes well. If not, he could be back in surgery within 24-48 hours. We’re going to do all we can for him.”

King’s future is in your hands. The surgery and 24-hour care he needs to become a happy, healthy Mutt-i-gree® are costly. With your help, we can give him, and so many other homeless animals just like him, the treatment that will enable them to see better days.

It is only through the generosity of our donors that Animal League America can keep our promise to rescue, nurture, and adopt every homeless animal that arrives at our facility. When you donate to our Help Me Heal Program, you are giving hope and health to sick and homeless animals like King.

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