Every stray has a tale. No matter where they are in the world, their stories all have the common thread of abuse, abandonment, and neglect. Forgotten and discarded then looked up by society as undesirables or nuisances. How many people hurry past a stray dog or cat and completely ignore the tale wag, the eyes pleading for help and kindness?
Lucy, an 11 month old German Shepherd was one such dog found on the streets of Cairo, Egypt. Her suffering was great for one so young. She was neglected and malnourished by her original owners then went on to new owners for five weeks where she was abused further. This harsh life of neglect and malnutrition resulted in Rickets which is a debilitating bone disease resulting in paper thin bone density and multiple fractures.
By the time she was rescued from her life of misery, she was a dirty dog with a broken body and a broken spirit..
Her rescuer Tota Agha showered her with love and kindness for the first time in her short life. After three weeks enough money was raised by a U.S. rescue group to bring her to the United States. She was brought to the U.S. with the hopes that proper veterinary care, love, attention and better nutrition would save her.
On February 19th 2016 Lucy and Tota arrived at JFK airport and her journey to health and healing was about to begin.
Her U.S. mom Kathleen McCabe described Lucy as “an angel with the courage of a lion and an unquenchable spirit.”
But Lucy is not out of the woods yet. She will be receiving her veterinary care at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Care in Philadelphia, P.A under the care of Dr. Giger.
But her care will be costly and will include radiographs, bone scans to determine the extent of her fractures and decide if she is eligible for a special needs wheelchair. She will also need follow up exams.
A fundraiser has been set up for Lucy at:
The funds generated in the fundraiser will help with Lucy’s medical expenses as well as the travel expenses to and from the Pennsylvania Veterinarian facility
Lucy had her first visit at the hospital with Dr. Giger and an amazing medical team. Kathleen McCabe is anxiously awaiting the results of the tests and scans.
For updates on Lucy, please visit her Facebook Page, “I Love Lucy, A Puppy’s Tale from Egypt to Wellness.”
Lucky Lucy will be given a second chance at life thanks to her rescuer Tota Agha and her new mom Kathleen McCabe and all those who gave so generously toward her journey to a new life. Let’s continue to help Lucy.
“For God loves a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9:7