Meet Blaze

Meet Blaze2018-11-28T18:21:52+00:00

Meet Blaze! When a shelter in the Cayman Islands contacted us about a dog named Blaze, who had been tied up and abandoned at their facility, we just knew we had to make him whole again. That meant transporting him 1,500 miles to our campus where we began assessing Blaze’s disability.

Unbeknownst to us, Blaze’s leg was amputated at the wrist but still allowed him to walk on it. So by the time he arrived in New York our veterinarians noticed the bottom of his leg was badly bruised and tattered. The good news, though, is that because Blaze had been using his leg, he was a perfect candidate for a prosthetic leg. Blaze’s happy and easy-going demeanor made it simple for our veterinarians to work with him.  After weeks of perfecting Blaze’s prosthetic leg it was time for him to experience life at a different pace. The handsome, tan-colored pooch was off to the races, strutting around the Animal League Medical Center like nothing ever happened to his front paw.

Even though Blaze is having great success, he will still be monitored and will undergo physical therapy to ensure his leg can properly function in the prosthetic. With the help of North Shore Animal League America’s Sponsor Pet Program, Blaze is able to receive all of the medical care he needs for the rest of his life. And we thank our generous monthly Pet Sponsors for allowing us to do so. Please join us in welcoming Blaze to our program by becoming a monthly Pet Sponsor and help us continue our no-kill mission to Rescue, Nurture and Adopt.

November 2018

Could life have worked out any better for this international rescue from Turks and Caicos? After being adopted from our Port Washington, N.Y. campus by the perfect family, this handsome tripod has been on cloud nine. This is exactly where he was always meant to be. “He’s been such a blessing to our family. He’s loving and loyal and always wants to be around us,” Tara said. “Adopting Blaze was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Jim and I couldn’t be happier to have him as part of our family.”

March 2018

Blaze continues to thrive with Tara and Jim! He has also become very close with their 4-year-old nephew. “I was giving my nephew a shower one night and soap got in his eyes, so of course there was some crying,” Tara says. “Blaze pushed the bathroom door open just to make sure that my nephew was okay.” Blaze is human dad’s right hand man. Whenever Jim transfers from his wheelchair, Blaze is right there to ensure a smooth changeover. What a kindhearted fellow he is! Thank you to all of his sponsor parents– it’s because of you that he’s healthy and surrounded by people who adore him.

December 2017

Blaze formed a strong bond with his adopted family beginning the first day they met at our Port Washington, N.Y. campus and that connection has only grown stronger. Blaze is a big mush who’s showered with love and attention from his human family. He and his canine and feline siblings find sharing their home simply a joy. All of the pets in the household seem happiest on those lazy days when they can lounge around the house as one big happy family. Thanks to the support of his sponsor parents, this lovable tripod will continue to live his life in pure comfort.

September 2017

“Blaze continues to amaze us every day,” says Tara, Blaze’s mom. “He is such a loving dog and you can tell how much he cares about his family. I recently had surgery on my foot and he was very attentive, always making sure I was okay.” When Blaze isn’t watching over his family, he can be found playing with his canine brothers and the family cat, Kasey. Blaze doesn’t discriminate when it comes to enjoying life – dog, cat, or human – if you are willing to play and have fun, he welcomes you with open paws.

June 2017

Blaze amazes his parents, Jim and Tara, every day. In addition to his playful, goofy side, he also has a very compassionate, protective side. He showed that side to Jim, an amputee bound to a wheelchair, who had fallen and was unable to get up on his own. Tara was not home, but Blaze managed to jump behind Jim and to push him into a sitting position. He continues to be great friends with canine sibling Kasey, feline brother, Willem, and family bird, Buddy.

March 2017

Blaze is such a caring, loving boy. When his doggy sister hurt her foot, Blaze would gently lay his head on her sore ankle…providing warmth. Like Blaze, his dad is also an amputee, and sometimes is unsteady on his feet. Blaze stays right by his side as much as possible and barks to let his mom know that dad needs her help. His family feels they are so lucky to have him and couldn’t be happier!

December 2016

Blaze doesn’t miss a beat even with only three legs! He and his canine and feline siblings continue to keep his adopters entertained and they couldn’t imagine life without them. The family enjoyed the fall foliage in northern New York where they live and are looking forward to the winter wonderland it will soon become.

September 2016

Blaze is still amazing. His family is so touched by Blaze’s strong bond with his feline brother, Willie. His family is working with Blaze to be less protective of them when visitors come to their home and more relaxed around strangers. They are sure they can help him so everyone can see the incredible Blaze they do every day. We are grateful to all of you for your generosity that helped save Blaze’s life.

June 2016

His family couldn’t be happier with him. He is a great family addition and is finally starting to calm down a bit. He still loves playing with his toys as well as his brothers, canine Kasey and Willie, the family cat. And when he’s had enough, you can fi nd him in bed, his favorite place. He continues to amaze his family every day with how smart he is and how much he can do. “He is very agile”, his mom Tara says. They also wish to thank all of Blaze’s wonderful sponsors for making it possible for him to be a part of their family and receive all the care he needs.

March 2016

We are happy to report Blaze is doing wonderfully. He continues to be a best buddy to canine brother Kasey. And now he plays with Willie, his family’s cat, too. He and Willie often sleep next to each other. Blaze is very smart and easy to train. He is also very protective of his home and family. His family is working on his manners when someone comes to the door. They are so happy he has fit into their family—and so is Blaze! All thanks to YOU.

December 2015

Blaze is such a happy dog and continues to bring happiness to the Donohues’ home. He loves to sit by the door with his doggy brother Kasey. Their nosy feline brother Willie usually sneaks up behind them to see what’s going on. Blaze and his family thank his sponsors for their support and good wishes.

September 2015

Blaze has been busy taking care of his dad, Jim, who was recently hospitalized with pneumonia. Thankfully, Jim is home and on the mend, and Blaze is his constant companion – keeping a close eye on his dad. Tara, Blaze’s mom, reports that Blaze himself is doing well, but missed his dad. Blaze’s family truly loves him and cannot say enough wonderful things about this amazing dog. Blaze has, indeed, found the perfect family. They all want to thank Blaze’s sponsors for their ongoing support, which makes it possible for Blaze to be a part of their family and live a long, happy and healthy life!

June 2015

Poor Blaze recently suffered complications from his partial amputation, including a serious infection. Our doctors tried everything they could to heal Blaze so he could begin to use the prosthesis again. Sadly, it wasn’t possible so a full amputation of the leg was required. Blaze is now back home with the Donohues and on the mend. His human mom, Tara, is happy to report that he’s the same happy, sweet boy he always was despite this new health challenge. In fact, he doesn’t even seem to know he’s missing anything!

March 2015

Since the day Blaze came to our campus he had a delightful disposition, even after traveling so far with a severe injury. With the hard work of our veterinarian staff, Blaze is on the move and currently living with a wonderful foster family. He is sharing a home with fellow canines that were happy to welcome the little guy. He’s being provided with the proper care and will be visiting the Animal League frequently to assure he is feeling comfortable. Let’s welcome Blaze in his new journey of living the best quality of life possible.