Lele, a ten-year-old Collie mix, was in trouble. Her owner had fallen on hard times and didn't have the resources to care for her. The best her owner could do was to house her in an outdoor run with limited shelter. That's no place for senior. Highland County Humane Society, a new Grey Muzzle grantee, saved her and gave her a future.
At the time of her rescue, volunteers could tell Lele had difficulty seeing and it was painful for her to walk. She had been neglected for a long time and her fur was matted and filthy. Her visit to the vet revealed a lot. Lele had a mouth full of rotten teeth, arthritis and Lyme's disease. Age-related cataracts were the least of her problems.
With proper medical care, including having 17 teeth removed and a thorough grooming, Lele was on the road to recovery. For the first time in a long time, she slept in a house on her own bed, had regular meals, and a patient family to help her navigate around obstacles.
After a few weeks in foster care, Lele caught the eye of a family looking for a dog to add to their household. You see, a member of the family had also battled Lyme's disease and the connection was instantaneous.
Lele is now living her best life -- pain free and loved. Here's how to help more dogs like Lele.