When rescuers found Bertie the pug, she was on the brink of death. Abused and neglected, she was no more than a couple of days away from perishing. Bertie had no access to the extreme medical care needed to save her life. That's when our friends at Finding Shelter stepped in.
Originally, Bertie was brought to the ACCT pound in Philadelphia after a previous owner picked her up on the streets and abused her. After seeing that was starving (she hadn't eaten in a week), diabetic, riddled with fleas and parasites, and almost completely blind with cataracts, the members of Finding Shelter knew they had to step in and save her
After taking her in, they were able to clear up her fleas and worms, start her on a delicate refeeding program, and do what they could with her cataracts and diabetes.
Bertie is doing better, and it's amazing to see that for such a hurt animal, sweet Bertie still has it in her to trust humans.
Unfortunately, Bertie's story is far from unique in our world. Too often do the silent calls for help from abused dogs go unheeded, or worse, without care. Let's not let that happen today.