Zeus came to MHS on June 18, 2018 as a stray. His body condition was among the worst we've seen, scoring a 1 out of 9 on the "body condition scale." He was emaciated and had multiple sores and lacerations on his body. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to find an owner responsible for putting him in this condition, so we moved forward with providing him with the best care. Because Zeus was so malnourished, we had to be extremely careful about a condition called Refeeding Syndrome, which happens when the body gets shocked by food the animal starts consuming - it can cause organ malfunctions or other serious conditions. As heartbreaking as it is to only give small portions of food to a starving dog, it was what we had to do. Regaining a healthy body weight in a malnourished dog takes time and careful monitoring, which we were able to provide for Zeus.
Zeus came to MHS at only 46.7 pounds. He was adopted just four months later at a whopping 77.7 pounds! Zeus is now living the life of a king, never having to miss another meal and having all the comforts of life he deserved from Day 1!
Jynx came to MHS on March 9, 2019 after his owner surrendered him to a local animal hospital. Jynx had lost part of his tail the previous year and he had large, infected wounds on the lower half of his body. The infection had been left untreated for quite some time, and it was unclear if we would be able to help him. With a strict wound care plan in place, staff tended to the areas of infection and the severed section of his remaining tail multiple times a day over the course of a few weeks. Jynx was stoic and allowed all the help we were offering. Once the infection was treated, the MHS shelter veterinarian was able to remove the remaining part of his tail that was damaged. After a couple of days post surgery, Jynx was stretching his legs and looking for bum scratches from everyone. He was comfortable and began acting like a true cat once again. He is now recovering from surgery, hanging out with other cats, and waiting until he can be made available for adoption.
Hall and Oats came to MHS when their owner passed away. The adopter was a young boy, about 9 years old. He saved all his Christmas and birthday money to buy educational books on cockatiels and paid for their adoption. Adopting Hall and Oats required both the boy and his mom to learn a great deal about cockatiels and their needs. They read through the adoption contract thoroughly, and the boy signed it under his mom's name in near perfect penmanship. He even made a chart that planned the feeding and cleaning schedules for Hall and Oats to make sure that he was ready to take over their care. All of his hard work paid off, and he was so excited to become owners to two wonderful birds.
MHS ensures that animals are safe, housed, and loved, and we support human wellness as well, since research shows that the animal-human bond improves people's mental and physical health.
We also help low-income pet owners through our pet food pantry, affordable spay/neuter and rabies clinics, and free boarding for pets of those who are homeless, victims of domestic violence, or entering a substance abuse program.
In addition, MHS is working to eliminate animal abuse and neglect in New Hampshire, and our adoption services contribute $1,512,100 to the region's economy through revenue spent for vet care, food, litter, grooming, and other pet items.
We receive no federal or state funding, and we are not affiliated with any national animal welfare organizations such as HSUS or ASPCA. MHS relies on the generosity of our community for support. Learn more about us at www.monadnockhumanesociety.org.
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