For Dr. Rob Avery with For the Love of Pets Veterinary Hospital (FTLOP) in Grass Valley, Calif., Maria is the skinniest Boxer he has ever met.
Animal Control picked up the emaciated Boxer on April 23, 2014, from the streets of Delano, Calif., and the very next morning, they reached out to various rescue organizations until they found a group willing to commit funds to nurse her back to health. That rescue group was NorCal Boxer Rescue (NCBR).
Even though NCBR did not have a foster home available for Maria and the rescue group already had two other dogs in boarding, they felt they had to do something to help Maria.
“I just couldn’t leave her in that shelter,” said Amy Adcock with NCBR.
The rescue group organized a team of volunteers to transport Maria more than 300 miles to her final destination in Grass Valley. There, veterinarians examined her and learned of her different ailments.
“[Maria] is loaded with worms,” said Dr. Avery. “Thankfully she does not have heartworms, but she is obviously starving. It’s going to take some time but I think she will be ok.”
Since arriving at FTLOP the staff dedicated their time and efforts to nurse Maria back to health. They offered her plenty of food and love, and today, the dog that was once sad and just skin and bones is no longer that. Instead, the canine is full of energy, love, and most importantly she is back to a healthier weight.
Maria is now in a foster home learning how to be a spoiled house pet.
To see her amazing transformation check out her photo album.
Learn more about Maria and NCBR at http://ncbr.org/ca/.