On a cold day in December, a woman named Tessa Lee, who works for the Whitecourt Homeless Animal Rescue Foundation (WHARF) got a phone call. It wasn’t just any call: it was alerting her to five puppies who were dehydrated, emaciated, and in desperate need of help. Tessa rushed to the property where there were many animals, but she was only permitted to remove the five puppies. They were nearly frozen to death and Tessa wasn’t sure they would be able to live through the night. Tessa put heat packs on each of the dogs and gave them fluids to help with dehydration. Then, they were given maple syrup to increase their glucose levels and gave them syringes of wet dog food every two hours. It was a true labor of love, but worth the effort to save their little lives.
All of the puppies seemed to be getting better, except for the one little girl. She had beautiful red fur and protruding ribs and struggled to stand up. They named her Ruby and shared her story on the WHARF Facebook page so everyone could keep up to date on what was happening. Little Ruby survived the night and though she was improving she had a long way to go. Though it was a tremendous amount of work, caring for little Ruby 24/7 was well worth the effort for Tessa. While Ruby still has a long way to go until she is ready for adoption, her four brothers and sisters will be ready for a forever home very soon if all goes according to plan.
More than anything, Tessa hopes the story of Ruby and her siblings is a reminder to anyone considering adopting a dog or dogs into their home. Dogs, an puppies in particular, require a lot of time and effort and only those who have the ability to do so should bring them into their homes.