A recently rescued dog, who captured the hearts of animal lovers across the country, is looking for a hospice foster home where she can continue to fulfill her “bucket list.”
Less than two weeks ago, an emaciated pit bull had been saved from a cage in a dark basement on Salina Street in Syracuse where rescuers believe she spent most of her life. According to WsyrTv, when Jada came in, she barely weighed 25 pounds – half of what a dog her size should weigh. Dr. Elise Craft with the Veterinary Medical Center of CNY examined Jada. “In vet medicine we have a ranking system call a body condition score. It’s ranked from one to nine: nine being overweight and one emaciated, and Jada was ranked as 1 out of 9 when she came in.”
The Humane CNY had planned to help Jada recuperate, spay her and then find her a loving home, but just a few days ago, it was discovered Jada has terminal cancer and only has a few months to live. The sad announcement on the organization’s Facebook page stated: “We have been informed that Jada most likely has a few more months until she will sadly succumb to this aggressive disease. It most likely began in her mammary glands. Due to her age, her poor condition from being starved and medically neglected there is nothing at this point that can be done for her other than to keep her comfortable in her last days.”
When Jada’s rescuers regained their composure, after the devastating news, they quickly changed gears determined to give this wonderful dog the experiences of having a lifetime – compressed as it may well be. Nevertheless, everyone got busy formulating Jada’s “bucket list.” Such activities include building a snowman, going to McDonald’s, being a television star, riding in a firetruck and even to meet the mayor of Syracuse. And on Monday, Jada had already been having fun; a trip to the North Syracuse Fire Department where she even donned official fire rescue gear.
Busily enjoying every moment of her new life, on Wednesday Jada checked off a few more items including spending some time with her son, preparing for a trip to the park and a shopping spree. Plans are being finalized for Jada’s birthday party and her Valentine’s Day meeting. Instead of presents, Jada would prefer donating items for all of her shelter pals. And then there is one more addition to Jada’s “bucket list” and that is her wish “to promote humane education at home and in the classroom she is asking that parents and teachers have a conversation with their children that is age appropriate regarding proper care and treatment of animals of all kinds. Jada would absolutely love to receive cards and drawings telling her what they have learned. They can be mailed or dropped off at the shelter at 4915 west Taft road Liverpool NY 13088.”
Gregory Bryant, 39, and Tanisha Fain, 35, have been charged with failure to provide proper sustenance, failure to provide proper medical attention and improper confinement of animals. If convicted they could each face a year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
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