When we got the call from one of our rescue partners in Central Illinois about an 8 year old American Bulldog that needed a home, we took one look at his sweet face and knew we had to take him. He had lived with one owner his whole life but the owner’s apartment complex changed the rules and would no longer allow Victor to live there. When Victor arrived at the shelter he was a ball of energy. He was jumping, wagging his tail and trying to give kisses to everyone he met. We were in the process of checking him in. He was fine one minute and then the next he fell down and seemed to struggle getting back up. This happened three or four times in a row. We immediately rushed him to our vet and so began our journey with Victor.
In the past year Victor has seen a neurologist and a cardiologist. All of the tests they conducted came back normal. Finally after additional testing and x-rays the vet discovered that Victor has spondylosis in his lower back. We put Victor on joint supplements and pain medication and scheduled a visit with a chiropractor. Since then, Victor has been going for weekly chiropractic visits. The chiropractor is pleased with his progress. His range of motion is better and he is no longer having issues with balance. One of our volunteers, Katie, the owner of Physio Pet Massage, also does weekly massages with Victor, and our animal care team does rehab exercises with him daily. We also took Victor to a rehab vet. He goes twice weekly to do underwater treadmill and manual therapy
Donating toward Victor's treatments and medications will not only ensure that he gets everything he needs, it will also help the shelter when other animals are in need. By taking some of Victor's financial burden off of WSHS, you will be putting the shelter in a better position to support the next homeless pet with medical issues.
In this regard, WSHS has created a medical fund to ensure all cats and dogs brought to our humane society will be able to receive life-long veterinary care without hesitation. The fund, called the Loving Angel Fund has been developed in honor of our commitment to long term care and support of all animals saved by WSHS.
Victor deserves a pain-free life and when you donate to his cause, you will help to make that goal a reality. West Suburban Humane Society will be extremely grateful for your support. It will be a huge help and will be paid forward.
Through everything that he has endured, Victor has always remained a sweet, happy-go-lucky dog. He loves hanging out with the volunteers and getting play time out in the yard. He’s definitely a volunteer favorite. Now all he needs is a home of his own. Our kennel is old and in the winter it can be cold and drafty. We think Victor would thrive in a warm, cozy house with a loving family. Now all we need is someone to take a chance on this boy and give him the life that he deserves. Could that family be yours?