Nevada Humane Society’s 12 Saves of Christmas was introduced several years ago. It received an overwhelmingly positive response, letters of appreciation, and more, all of which came unexpectedly to us. We see day in and day out the difference we make in the lives of thousands of animals but we didn’t realize we weren’t fully communicating those lifesaving efforts to you – our biggest fans. Thus, the 12 Saves of Christmas was created. Now, every holiday season, we find ourselves receiving messages asking when our 12 Saves of Christmas begins. Without further ado, we present to you the 12 Saves of Christmas of 2016.
12 Saves of Christmas: #1 Kona the Golden Retriever
In late April, a family called Nevada Humane Society for help. They had recently purchased a beautiful puppy who was causing them some stress on their wallet. They sought out resources for help through our Animal Help Desk but nothing seemed to work. They had to surrender her to us because they simply couldn’t afford her.
Kona, a Golden Retriever, was barely six-months-old when she arrived at Nevada Humane Society. She was the epitome of a typical, happy-go-lucky puppy. She made heads turn. Everyone wanted to stop and visit with her. Who wouldn’t? She was a cute, fluffy bundle of joy.
All animals receive a basic wellness exam at our veterinary clinic and Kona was no exception. However, hers didn’t yield great results. Our veterinary team detected a bad heart murmur. It was recommended she see a specialist, so one of our staff members took a road trip to Loomis, California so Kona could see a cardiologist.
We had hoped she would at least be a candidate for surgery—that we could fix this unfortunate birth defect. That wasn’t the case.
Kona’s heart murmur is serious. Surgery isn’t an option, but with daily medication and a low-energy, relaxed lifestyle, Kona could still at least have a life.
As a lifesaving shelter, we feel all lives are precious. We wanted to give Kona a chance, so we set out to find her a special home with a family who would understand that she may not have the normal lifespan. In late July, we found the perfect people.
A couple saw her picture on Facebook, and reached out to one of their friends, who actually is a volunteer here at Nevada Humane Society. She immediately called us to get the inside scoop, and set up a meeting with Kona the very next day.
The couple wasn’t looking to add another dog to their family but Kona’s face sold them. That, and they had dealt with a dog with the same condition before. They knew they were the ones that could give her the best chance. It was love at first sight for everyone, even the other dog, and Kona went home.
We actually talked with Kona’s family just the other day. She is doing incredibly well! She gets along with the other dog, a tiny poodle, and loves her people. She has lots of friends, human and dog alike. She has learned when to slow down, and though she still has that puppy energy, her family does a wonderful job of allowing her supervised playtime and then calming her down. It’s truly the perfect fit. Kona is happy, healthy as can be, and her people respect everything about her and are here to give her the second chance she deserved.
Your support allows us to provide for dogs just like Kona. We know her future is inevitable, but we are big believers in allowing our four-legged angels to still enjoy their time here. Kona touched each and every one of us, and her family couldn’t be more thrilled. Thank you for allowing all of us to give Kona the best life she can have.