The Story of Martha

This week, Martha’s life was saved.
Martha, a 3-year-old stray, was discovered in the cities and brought to a local impound, where it was clear she was in dire need of help. Recognizing the severity of her condition, the impound team rushed her to an emergency clinic.
Upon examination, Martha was found to be limping on her front left leg, underweight, and with very pale gums. Radiographs revealed possible bone chip fragments in her left wrist, alongside multiple apparent bite wounds and scars on both front legs. Bloodwork indicated significant anemia, which could be related to infection or an autoimmune disease called Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA), where the body attacks its own red blood cells, leading to dangerously low red blood cell counts.
Sadly, lacking the necessary resources, the impound was unable to provide Martha with the care she desperately needed. Fortunately, they reached out to their network of rescues, and just in time, a Ruff Start foster stepped up to save Martha’s life.
Upon joining the rescue, Martha was immediately examined by our vetting team and started on medication to address her anemia. She was also tested for heartworm and tick diseases and sent home with dewormer.
Despite her challenging condition, Martha’s sweet nature shines through as she wags her tail when receiving attention, especially when offered food or treats. Her foster reports that Martha particularly loves her cookies! While she is currently resting and receiving medication, treats, and plenty of love, Martha remains timid and appears to be in pain. However, in the last 24 hours, a spark has returned to her eyes, and she is showing signs of improvement, moving better with each passing hour.
Our vetting team will continue closely monitoring Martha’s condition and bloodwork as she faces a long road to recovery. While we are hopeful for a full recovery, Martha is still far from being out of the woods. Once stable, she will require comprehensive veterinary care, including spaying, microchipping, and vaccinations. Additionally, she has a few broken teeth that will need to be extracted.
Your generous donations will ensure Martha receives the care she needs for a brighter future ahead.