Happy Endings

WASA learned about BORIS and NATASHA (brother and sister) from the Weston CT Animal Control Officer.  These two 6-month-old Russian Bear dogs/Caucasian shepherds were living a sad life on the end of chains.  Their lives promised to be dismal and dangerous.  While many CT organizations and groups were curious about the dogs, no one was willing or able to help.  With the assistance of Schulhof Animal Hospital in Westport, CT and the support of Weston Animal Control Officer Harper, the dogs were rescued and brought to safety.  When they arrived to us, they were each 50 pounds under weight, swarming with ticks and covered with mud and debris.  WASA volunteers, dog trainer Susie Collins, Schulhof staff and Officer Harper quickly got to work with socializing, exercising – and finding them homes.  WASA funded their vet care (including spay and neuters) as well as their dietary needs (food and supplements).  (For more of their story, please visit www.facebook.com/westportwasa). (Photo courtesy of Janice K. Duffy.)

KATIE, a young husky, arrived as a guest to Westport Animal Control when she was picked up roaming.  She was in a great deal of pain because of a bulging eye that was in danger of rupturing from glaucoma.  Presented with several options to help Katie by the eye specialist, WASA chose to the fund the most expensive and most likely to prevent infection (and keep her prettiest) option in regard to her glaucoma.  We funded the surgery to have her eye removed and replaced with a prosthetic eye.  The cost of the surgery and post-surgical care was $2,500 and it was all funded by WASA.  We knew that the chances of Katie finding a home in her “check-in” condition would be doubtful.  Following her surgery and recovery, she was adopted quickly by a local family.

For 10 months RIKO lived on the end of a chain in Fairfield, CT.  He struggled to reach his water and his food and his cries could be heard throughout the neighborhood.  At the end of the day he was thrown down into a cellar.  After being unsuccessful in attempts with other agencies and officials to get help for Riko by concerned residents, WASA was contacted.  WASA was able to break his chains and arrange for him to come to Westport Animal Control under the then Chief Animal Control Officer Peter D’Amico.  We quickly learned he was a special boy and while it took a bit to find him his perfect and forever home, it did happen.  Never again would Riko have to cry and struggle to survive.

JASMINE, now Jazz. Jasmine, an 8-year-old German Shepherd, lost her home when her pet mom moved into a NO PETS condo and entered into the WASA foster program. Jasmine was a frequent guest at WASA events (seen here with Senator Toni Boucher) and, with her lovely personality, quickly won the hearts of volunteers and everyone that met her. Recently adopted by a local Westport resident, she now enjoys accompanying her pet pop to work every day at his legal office.


JEMIMAH, formerly Diamond. Jemimah was a young mixed breed “papered” online purchase that entered into the WASA foster program when surrendered by her Bridgeport, CT family due to landlord restrictions and their inability to fund much-needed vet care. Jemimah was missing most of the fur on her body and it took a team of experts at the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers to get to the root ofher problem. We thank her wonderful new pet parents, NY Yankees President Randy Levine and his wife Mindy Franklin Levine, for making her a member of their family and funding her care. Her fur has returned, and, among many new enjoyments in her life, loves being one of a grand pack of resident dogs.


 OLIVIA gets a second chance. Olivia, 3 years old, was one of 9 bulldog mixes seized from a horrific basement breeder in Bridgeport, CT. For three years she was confined to a small crate. She became a WASA foster following the successful outcome of the cruelty case and entered into the WASA program. Despite her cruel treatment and keeping with the nature of many rescued dogs, she forgave all and was eager to meet people and other dogs. Following WASA’s usual adoption process (application and home visit), she was adopted by a CT couple which includes Ripken, the resident pooch that is also a rescue dog. Ripken hails from New Haven Animal Control.


 LUCY UPDATE. Lucy was a 5-month-old puppy that, after being critically injured by a speeding car, was left in a box “to heal”. Following the surrender by her owner to WASA, we funded her vet care, which included surgery for a fractured pelvis and femur, at the VCA Emergency Hospital in Norwalk. Following this sweet girl’s hospital discharge, she was subsequently adopted by her foster family which includes Caprice, the resident pooch that watched over her recovery. As you can see, there was definitely a bond that formed between Lucy and Caprice. We thank all that donated to the Lucy Fund.


Here’s my story for Clara, who we adopted through Westport Animal Control in April 2013:  From the second we brought Clara home, we knew we were keeping her.  She loved our cat.  She sat and waited for us to tell her it’s okay to eat.  She was the best cuddler EVER.  To believe anyone could give up this wonderful girl is beyond us.  She had a little separation anxiety to start but with exercise and some love she’s grown out of it, with the occasional destruction of one of our tissue boxes.  Most days, however, she is with her “Pepe” in his garage, sleeping in the front seat of his truck while he works on it.  She is amazing with kids as well.  This picture with our niece and nephew was taken only 3 weeks after we brought her home.  Our niece often asks if Clara can come for a sleep over…in her bed of course.

We are so lucky to have found Clara.  She has stolen our hearts, and everyone that meets her changes their mind about bully breeds being a danger.  Thank you for taking such good care of her!

I adopted Max from Westport Animal Control in June 2009.  He is a mix of German Shepherd and Chow with some Akita in there too.  He loves going to Huntington State Park but he is also a regular at Winslow, Lake Mohegan, Taylor Farm and Sherwood Island (in off-season).  He is my chief of security.