Wake County SPCA provides essential medical care to animals in need

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This article was written for our sponsor, the SPCA of Wake County.

Murdock is one of the lucky ones. He was transferred from an animal shelter and brought to the Wake County SPCA in Raleigh, where he received desperately needed medical attention.

In 2021, 75,668 dogs have been taken to animal shelters across North Carolina, and 13% of them were euthanized. In Wake County alone, 3,577 dogs like Murdock were taken to shelters in 2021 and 4.8% were euthanized. The number of euthanasias is falling, proof of the effectiveness of medical care in helping animals find their forever homes.

“Murdock actually came to us from a partner shelter. He was a stray, he was unwell and we knew he needed further medical attention. They asked if we could take care of him. “said Dr. Jennifer Bledsoe-Nix, Medical Director of the Wake County SPCA.

Murdock had autoimmune issues which caused issues with his skin and eyes. “Murdock’s eyes were going blind and he was having skin pigmentation issues. There’s unusual coloring, which is entirely related to an autoimmune issue. We needed his body to stop attacking itself, and we were able to intervene with some fairly high doses of steroids to calm the inflammation,” Bledsoe-Nix said.

Once treatment began, Murdock came out of his shell within days. He was more interactive and started exploring his surroundings. He went to a foster home, which made the most significant difference in his life, where he was able to enjoy stability, love and affection.

“This medical program is absolutely essential to our efforts to save lives. Often when animals arrive on our doorstep, they are in critical condition. We are their last stop,” said Kim Janzen, CEO and Chairman of the SPCA. . “We are able to provide a high level of care thanks to the generosity of donors, who not only provide financial support, but also donate equipment. Combined with an incredible staff, the medical program is very forward-thinking. Without the people dedicated to this cause, we would not be able to do what they are doing and provide these animals with forever homes.”

“At most shelters, the animals wouldn’t stand a chance, but the Wake County SPCA steps in and provides a safety net for those animals who wouldn’t have a chance to live if it wasn’t for the Wake County SPCA. not what she is,” Bledsoe-Nix said.

As a managed admitting facility, the Wake County SPCA is committed to providing excellent medical treatment for every recovering and adopting animal, regardless of condition or adaptability. As a no-kill rescue, the SPCA never places a time limit on animals looking for their forever home, it is committed to caring for these animals for as long as they need it. With North Carolina ranking third in the nation for euthanized pets, these programs are essential in saving the lives of animals that would otherwise have little chance of a better life.

Murdock is just one example of the many lives saved through Wake County SPCA programs. With the support of local donations and their access to top-notch medical equipment, many animals living on the streets of North Carolina are able to emerge from difficult circumstances to find loving forever homes through these programs in the community.

This article was written for our sponsor, the SPCA of Wake County.

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