The Things We Do For Love

Being a rescuer, every animal that crosses your path is a special one. But Love has touched me in a way I never thought possible.

I am the foster and rescue coordinator of the Dog Program at Forgotten Friends of Long Island Animal Rescue.  On Sunday, 5/12, we pulled a severe neglect case from the Manhattan (kill) shelter.  Love was left tied to the railing at the entrance of a subway station in a horrible part of Brooklyn.

When she arrived at the shelter and underwent a brief medical evaluation, they discovered she was very emaciated, had open wounds on her rear left hip and right front limb, and was struggling with a mass in her mouth.  Needless to say, Love’s future looked very grim.  Being an approved New Hope Rescue, we receive pleas for numerous cases on a daily basis.  One look at her face and I couldn’t help but feel her pain, loss and loneliness.  We pulled her from the shelter, knowing that her prognosis could be poor and we would possibly only have her for a limited time.

Despite our broken hearts, already expecting the worst, I promised this girl no matter how much time we may have, she would be given the world and all she lacked until the moment she was tied to that railing.  Within a couple days she started making enormous strides: what may seem like small achievements for normal dogs, walking steadily on her own, was an achievement in itself.

Now a week later, she is slowly putting on weight, is starting to walk with her head held high and with a purpose, and she’s slowly starting to open up and accept all the love that’s pouring in for her. She is in a wonderful foster home with 3 dogs and a cat, whom have all accepted her, and she them.  She is now learning to appreciate a soft bed, a cozy blanket, a good meal, a gentle touch and most of all, love.

My reason for writing you is that, as you know, there are far too many cases like Love’s that go unnoticed, or unheard of on a daily basis.  The stories of this resilient survivor and others like her need to be told.

Sadly, after visiting the oral surgeon, we’ve been told she is not a candidate for surgery –  Love has inoperable, terminal cancer.  At this point it’s just a matter of ensuring she is comfortable until she lets us know that she’s had enough.  Even though she isn’t a candidate for surgery, her medical bills have already started to add up.  She will also require continuous medication, high quality food and other comforts.  But no matter what, we will do whatever possible to give her the chance at a “normal” life, and provide all that she’s lacked prior to coming into our care.

With that said, I was wondering if you could do Love the favor/honor of sharing her story and her fan page?  Being a rescuer every animal that crosses your path is a special one.  But Love has touched me in a way I never thought possible.  Many others who don’t even know her are touched by her story and how “far” she’s come in such a short time.  Her time may be limited, but we will give her the world, show her sympathy, kindness and of course, love – no matter how briefly she may be with us.

Milena Apath
Foster/Rescue Coordinator
Dog Program
Forgotten Friends of Long Island Animal Rescue

33 thoughts on “The Things We Do For Love

  1. You r amazing! Thank u for showing Love that life can be good! After following her story closely I sit here tears flowing knowing that she is with you and happy if even for a short time. Thank you for fostering her and being there for her and so many others.

  2. My dogs see me as the alpha of the pack, my birds count me as part of the flock, my cat says he can have me replaced anytime he’s displeased with my job performance.

  3. does any1 no any charities that help funding vet bills when on a low wage, one of my puppies was viciouslly attacked and the bill is already £800+ and i am on low wage.please

  4. Love’s beautiful!! You making her last weeks heaven for her is the greatest gift you give to us as well. I shall do the same. I am now convinced I have the time and love to give to a senior.

  5. It is so fulfilling to love a senior dog. I took in my boss’ dad’s 12 yo and had her for 2 1/2 years…spoiled her rotten. My sister took in an olderly boy a few years ago and he’s still going strong. I currently have 4 dogs, 2 of which are senior that I’ve had all their lives, and I plan to adopt a senior dog again one day.

  6. my heartbreaks every single day when I think about all of the precious animals that will never know love or comfort. I’m glad that Love will live her last days surrounded by those who are showing her what it is like to be cared for. :-*(

  7. Heart wrenching! Rescuers and fosters are amazing people!!! I wish Love didn’t have the cancer…she surely would have found a loving forever home. Happy she is getting the care and affection she needs and deserves.

  8. <3 LOVE..LOVE..LOVE..LOVE..LOVE <3.....Rescued for her Final Days - God's Blessings, Love, and eternal thanks to her Foster(s) xx

  9. PLEASE give Love some hugs and kisses from Canada….and thank you for giving her peace on her final stage of her journey! xoxox

  10. this story truly breaks my heart, and I pray that every ounce of love that you pour out is received with an open heart.
    God Bless you

  11. Oh my God…I just want to say thank u to the wonderful person who gave this sweet suffering soul comfort in her last days. I will never understand the inhumanity of man…and what aweful pain he/she inflicts upon dogs (animals). I would do anything for ‘Love’…what a sweet girl.

  12. Poor sweetheart. Her life may be short but it would be full of love, and that makes up for anything.

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