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: A Christmas Miracle
It’s the kind of story you read about time and time again, but one that we never want to believe is true. We want to believe that most people are good, that most people love animals and consider them family. At Nevada Humane Society, we pride ourselves on focusing on the positive, on all the good we do, because that’s what people want to hear. Sometimes though, it’s not always good… but we make sure a happy ending is in the cards.
It was a warm spring morning in April. A woman was headed out for her regular grocery store run and came across a man waving down people in the parking lot. Naturally, she was curious, so she watched from afar. She noticed he had a big box at his feet and after looking carefully, she saw that it was moving.
It turns out the man was selling puppies. She didn’t ask why or if he needed help. She was more curious to see the puppies because amidst the wiggly group was an even tinier pup who wasn’t moving.
Leaning over the box she asked if she could see one. He waved his hand at her to take one out and right away she picked up the motionless pup. Thankfully, the puppy was warm. That was a good sign. The other thing she immediately noticed was the puppy had no eyes.
She was clearly the runt of the litter and the man selling them didn’t seem to care. He even said she could just take her because he knew the pup had a problem. Grateful, she hugged the little pup to her chest, thanked him, and ran back to her car.
Groceries now forgotten, she rushed to Nevada Humane Society. She explained what had happened to our management team and that though she couldn’t keep the puppy, she wanted her to have the best chance at life.
We decided to name the little girl Devotion, who, as it turned out had luck on her side. She was just the runt—we brought her to our veterinary team and it was determined that she had no life-threatening problems—she was simply small for her age and blind. Given she had no eyes and she was so young, it was clear that she was born without them.
Devotion needed some time in a foster home to grow big and strong so we set her up with one of our more experienced foster moms, Rhonda. We knew Rhonda would watch over her like she was her own and let us know if she noticed anything was off.
We soon that learned that Devotion was starved of attention. Because she was the runt, she was probably waved off by the family that initially had her, as well as her puppy siblings. Devotion latched on to Rhonda right away, following her around the house. She didn’t take long to learn her way around so it was a good sign that the blindness didn’t slow her down.
Devotion’s luck continued. She soon met Rhonda’s family and Rhonda’s mother fell in love. There was an instant connection between the two, and Rhonda was more than happy to keep Devotion in the family. Once she was able to be spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, Devotion went home for good.
We’re so thankful that Devotion was found by the Good Samaritan, because her situation could have been much worse. We’re thankful for foster parents like Rhonda, who gave Devotion all of the TLC she needed. Finally, we’re thankful for happy endings.
We know Devotion is a Christmas Miracle. She deserved a second chance. This Christmas, we make it our goal to create miracles all year long, so that more animals can have the chance that Devotion did. Your support will allow us to do that, so please, among your Christmas celebrations, take a second to remember those who give back and do so many things for the unfortunate. We’re all in this together, and Devotion is proof that we all can make a difference.
Merry Christmas friends, two and four-legged alike.