When the Edgartown ACO, Barbara Prada brought the 4 year old male Rottweiler, “Buddy” to the shelter she was almost in tears. After decades of serving the community, Barbara has seen just about everything, but Buddy was a real mess. He was missing about 40% of his coat to infection, and he had been sleeping in a box of insulation, so his skin was like a porcupine. Lisa cleaned him up, and he loved it. In spite of years of abuse, neglect, and being passed around, Buddy still managed to be a happy, confident and very sweet dog.
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Halo – This 3-4 week old female kitten was found near 7 gates, in Chilmark. When a good Samaritan brought this tiny bundle to the Shelter; “Halo” had a temperature that was very low and her heart beat was so faint, Lisa almost didn’t hear it. Melissa Kuehne; our patron saint of wayward kittens, immediately went to work, warming towels and hand feeding this delicate little soul. “Halo” weighed less than 1.5 lbs and needed food and water desperately. After a few hours, she started to come back to life, as exhibited by her appetite and curiosity. Mellissa kept with her, checking on her almost hourly, making sure she was warm and well fed. Halo has grown to be a very strong and confident spirit; happy to make new friends and cuddle up on everyone’s lap. Judging from her motorous purr, one would never know how close she came to crossing the rainbow bridge, instead bringing a wonderful sense of hope to all who have crossed her path.