New Life for Charlie

For: DC PAWS Rescue
Washington, DC
Organizer: Janine Castorina
New Life for Charlie (DC PAWS Rescue)
$1,608
of $5,000 goal.
Raised by 20 donors
32% Complete

The Story

Charlie was found abandoned on the side of the road in rural South Carolina with a broken leg. Pickens County Animal Control was alerted and picked him up and brought him to the Pickens County Animal Control Facility.  This facility is so severely under-resourced that it is not set up to facilitate adoptions to the public.   Charlie was placed on a 10-day stray hold by animal control; had he not been wearing a collar, his time would have been limited to 5 days. Luckily for Charlie, DC PAWS Rescue was on site at the end of his 10-day hold period. 

DC PAWS Rescue saves stray, neglected, unwanted and abused animals from animal control facilities and places them in safe, supportive and loving foster and adoptive homes in the Washington, DC and surrounding areas. 

We are a hands-on rescue, and the Directors of DC PAWS regularly visit the Pickens animal control facility.  When we arrived at the shelter, we met Charlie, whose stray hold period was expiring. We opened the cage to see a miserable and scared dog. We placed a slip lead leash around his neck to see if he would come with us outside of the shelter, but he couldn’t stand on his own. So we helped him up and he limped out of the shelter with us.

Once out of the shelter, Charlie was a different dog! He was happy and wagging his tail, even though he could barely stand.  We placed him in our car and headed straight to the vet to determine what was wrong with his leg. Once in the car, Charlie’s transformation was complete, he realized he was being rescued. He was transformed from a scared, depressed dog lacking all hope to a happy and sweet dog who did nothing but give everyone around him kisses.

The vet x-rayed Charlie’s leg and told us that he had a broken leg that had healed incorrectly. Poor Charlie was left for ten long days on a concrete floor, unable to move on his broken leg, to wait for his stray hold to end. 

Charlie needed a specialist to repair his leg, so we took him to a surgeon who performed a successful surgery! After the surgery, the surgeon gave us a small plastic bag containing a 22 caliber bullet.  Someone had cruelly shot Charlie and left him to suffer and die at the side of the road. 

Despite this tragic start, Charlie has nothing but love for every person he meets.  

Charlie’s surgery and post-operative care has cost $3,500, so far and we understand that he may need more x-rays. He will still need physical therapy and heartworm treatment that will likely cost and additional $1,500 in treatment and boarding. 

At DC PAWS, we are committed to the animals we rescue, even when faced with serious and expensive medical issues.  But we cannot do so without the support of donors.  Please help us give Charlie the second chance he so deserves. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 27, 2015

Posted on November 27, 2015

Charlie doesn't seem to be able to catch a break, but throughout it all he remains an amazingly resilient and loving dog. Charlie went through surgery to repair his left after being shot at close range. Charlie underwent heartworm treatment. He came out of both with his wonderful personality intact! Charlie was adopted and we thought he was beginning his happily ever after! But it was not to be. Charlie had some seizures :( Sadly, he was returned to us because his adopters were not willing to see Charlie through this ordeal and find the right medication or solution. When getting Charlie back we took him to a neurologist, who diagnosed Charlie with epilepsy. Although this is another blow for Charlie, the good news is that dogs with epilepsy can live full and happy lives on the right medications. We have the medications and Charlie seems good as gold. Throughout this all, he remains a loving and happy dog. He's just looking for the right people who will love him for all that he brings to the world and help him with this condition. Hopefully folks can see his heart of gold, as we do.

Posted on August 27, 2015

Posted on August 27, 2015

Charlie is doing well on his recovery so far! He goes in for heart worm treatment this week. Keep him in your thoughts! Hopefully Charlie is in the home stretch! 

Posted on August 2, 2015

Posted on August 2, 2015

Charlie is doing well, though he has lots of work to do in order to rehabilitate his leg! He needs short walks initially, with longer walks in the future to strengthen his muscles and make sure all is in good working order. 
After surgery, the doctor provided us with the bullet that struck Charlie :(  It's sad to know that there are people out there that would do such a thing. But it's also great to know that Charlie has supporters that are willing to help him fund his surgery and rehabilitation from such a horrific act!

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