This is the story of Shelby
Oftentimes when Bond County Humane Society rescues a dog from county animal control, the dog requires what would be considered normal medical care.
But sometimes, like in the case of one year old Border Collie Shelby and her 8 week old puppy, Kacie, the dog requires lifesaving medical treatment.
They were surrendered to county animal control and after spending the required time there, BCHS accepted them into our dog shelter.
Within 24 hours of admittance to the shelter, both dogs showed symptoms of canine parvo virus. Parvo virus is extremely contagious and many times deadly for dogs.
BCHS took immediate measures to test the dogs and verify both suffered from the dreaded parvo virus. Kacie, the puppy, was taken directly to the veterinarian's
office to be put in isolation and receive IV fluids. The vet was initially not very optimistic about her outcome. Shelby, the mom, remained at the BCHS dog shelter
in isolation and was treated by BCHS staff with fluids and medication. Within 24 hours Kacie's prognosis was very good for a full recovery and after 72 hours she was
returned to BCHS for additional care and continued isolation. It took Shelby a little longer to respond to medication, but ultimately she also had a full recovery.
Kacie, the now healthy puppy, found a furever home right away, while Shelby continued to recover at the shelter and regain all her strength. She was a gentle, shy
dog; she listened well and enjoyed walks on leash. In July 2014, Shelby met her adoptive family at PetSmart in Glen Carbon, Illinois.
Shelby's new family has since updated us with photos and notes (including this photo taken in the backseat of a convertible car on her way to the dog park).
She even got to dress up in costume for Howl-o-ween!