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Darla Finds Safety at the Animal League
Darla—who loves nothing better than to hug and be hugged— now has a second chance for a happy and healthy life, thanks to the Animal League and its dedicated partners in rescue.
Scheduled for Euthanasia, Burned Dog is Saved by Animal League and Its Partners
On Monday, April 23, North Shore Animal League America received a desperate email from one of our many partners in rescue: PAWNC, for Promoting Animal Welfare in North Carolina.
Shelley Milburn, PAWNC’s founder and president, shared the story of Darla, a two- to three-year-old female boxer mix who was picked up as a stray by animal control in the Nashville, NC region suffering from severe burns to her head and back. Darla’s owner contacted the shelter, telling them that the burns were caused by the application of a flea and tick prevention medication. Showing no regard for her dog’s fate, the owner refused to take Darla back.
Given the shelter’s limited space and resources, Darla was slated for euthanasia. She was scheduled to be destroyed April 24—just one day after we got the call for help.
One of the Animal League’s teams was already on a rescue mission in the south, working to transport other animals from kill shelters to the safety of the Animal League, where they will be evaluated, treated if needed, groomed, and readied for adoption.
Mike Malloy, the Animal League’s Manager of Pet Behavior/Rescue, worked with Shelley to coordinate a meeting point with our rescue team. Shelley herself brought Darla to meet our transporter van; the affectionate dog arrived at the Animal League on Friday, April 27.
“I just can’t imagine someone giving up this sweet angel,” says Shelley. “She stayed with us overnight so she could catch her transport early the next morning. She never disturbed a thing and was even housebroken!”
Despite the trauma she has been through, Darla is a happy, loving dog with a dynamic personality. Immediately upon her arrival, it was clear that Darla knew she’d been given a second chance as she wagged her tail with joy and gave everyone she met hugs and kisses.
“When you meet an animal who has been rescued, you can see the gratitude in their eyes,” says Mike, who has been part of the Animal League team for 11 years. “She’s a real mush, and she’ll make a great companion.”
Adds Shelley, “I am so thankful that your organization stepped up for her!”
Darla will be going up for adoption soon, and we can’t wait to find her the kind of loving home she so richly deserves. Contact Mike Malloy at (516) 883-7900, ext. 835, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.