This time every year Nevada Humane Society produces its 12 Saves of Christmas. A small recounting of some of the incredible lifesaving transformations that occurred at our shelter over the past year. Twelve animals are highlighted and their stories told. Their stories are demonstrative of the scale and scope of what we do each year. These 12 special animals stand in place of the over 15,000 we will serve. This was the final story in the series. I thought it was appropriate for this column, the first after the holidays.

Button’s story. Our Christmas Miracle

Adoptable Pets at Nevada Humane SocietyButton was a tiny baby when she found herself alone, on the streets, and unable to fend for herself. Button was freezing one December night and in search of warmth and shelter she climbed into a dumpster and tried to make it through the night. Button was only 6 weeks old.

The next morning, a caring gentleman was taking out his trash when he heard tiny, desperate cries. He looked high and low and discovered the pleas were coming from inside the dumpster. He dug through other people’s week old garbage and finally found Button. She was obviously fighting for her life, injured, and was rapidly running out of time. He knew Button’s only hope was Nevada Humane Society. The Good Samaritan rushed her to NHS.

Once Button arrived at NHS, the staff immediately recognized this precious little creature was living on borrowed time, they had to act quickly if Button was to see tomorrow. Staff rushed her to the veterinarian. The crack medical staff stabilized her but Button’s prognosis looked incredibly bleak. She had a seriously injured eye, was emaciated and hypothermic. A NHS staff member took her home overnight and fed her every couple of hours to keep her alive. Button was barely clinging to life. Everyone prepared themselves for the worst — Button did not appear to have a future. Our collective heart was breaking.

The next day Button was once again hurried into the capable and caring hands of the veterinarians. Our vets needed to once again give her fluids, keep her warm in an incubator and fight to stabilize her, just keep her alive. Once Button was pulled back from the precipice, she had to undergo an intrusive physical exam. Button had a broken jaw, an eye that had been ravaged and destroyed by infection, and needed profound long term medical care and TLC. Button was incredibly untrusting of humans and was not only sick but terrified. Who could blame her?

Button went into foster care after a couple of days of intensive medical intervention. She was stable enough to leave but still needed round the clock care. Her new foster home, in concert with NHS’ clinic, would provide extensive treatment and began the next step of her rehabilitation — socialization, love, and attention.

Button is now over the critical point and moving toward a full recovery. She requires special food until her jaw heals, minimal activity, and she is adapting to living with only one eye. But she is safe, she is happy, and she will see tomorrow. Button is truly a holiday miracle.

From Button and all of us at Nevada Humane Society — Happy Holidays! Thank you for helping us make miracles happen every day.

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