They say a picture is worth 1000 words and when you see the before picture of Nellie, you know this girl was in dire need of saving. Nellie, a Golden mix, was seized in a cruelty case where she was chained and starved. This poor girl was never shown any love, yet she was very sweet with everyone. The GRRA team was determined to change her life.
Toni Loper, a new GRRA volunteer with the intake team, took charge of getting this girl rescued. Nellie was her first intake. Toni worked with our incredible medical team, to secure a place for her at the vets during the Thanksgiving weekend – not an easy task.
Rick Knotts, in true hero form, provided the freedom ride from the shelter to the vets. Carin Miller was the medical team member assigned. Nellie was heartworm positive and
Carin ensured all medical needs were met, including a bit of a scare with Nellie potentially ingesting some foreign material. Carin arranged for Nellie to spend a weekend at Blue Pearl GVS. Thankfully no surgery was needed and with our monitoring and supportive care from Blue Pearl GVS Nellie recovered well.
Next step was to find a foster home where Nellie could heal, both physically and mentally. Dree Harris and her family stepped up to the plate and opened their home to her. Nellie was Dree’s first foster dog. Despite Nellie’s history of severe neglect, while in foster, she learned to trust humans and rely on them for reassurance. After almost four months, Nellie was ready to be adopted.
Dree worked with Wanda Prater, Nellie’s Dog Consultant, to find the perfect home. The Steedman’s were looking for a fur baby to add to their family and fell in love when they met Nellie. As you can see by the picture below, Nellie now has the life she deserves. Many thanks to our amazing volunteers and donors. It really does take a village!