SPCA Wednesday! Let's Get Emma Adopted!

February 3, 2016

We’d like to introduce you to our Yelp for Help sweetie Emma. She’s a little terrier with a pretty sad story. When her owners surrendered her on October 28, she had been hit by a car hours earlier. Emma had abrasions on her face and was limping on her left leg. It was clear that her leg was severely damaged and an X-ray revealed that amputation was the most compassionate choice.

But the saddest part? She was pregnant. Very pregnant. On a sonogram, our veterinary team could see her puppies were about 45 days old (puppy gestation is between 58 – 68 days) and everyone could see their little hearts beating.

But the anesthesia needed for her amputation surgery would negatively affect her puppies. In the meantime, she was put on pain medications that were safe for her puppies and she was examined each day to be sure she was doing well.

SPCA staff went in and visited her kennel every day and soon she was dubbed a little love bug. Despite her injury, she easily found her way into anyone’s lap!

Four days after she was admitted during her daily examination, the veterinary team found that she didn’t have any pain in her leg and she was able to bear just a little weight on it, so they elected to stop pain medications. Then it was our Foster Care Department's turn to help Emma, and they found her a perfect home in which to have her puppies! On November 16, Emma delivered seven healthy puppies!

Yesterday Emma came back to the SPCA to undergo her amputation surgery. Dr. Danielle Puleo of the SPCA  is very pleased with how Emma is doing! As Veterinary Services Manager Debby Williams said, “Her leg may’ve been amputated, but her tail’s still wagging away!” We want to thank our Yelp for Help donors who’ve made Emma’s story possible!

Meet Emma at the SPCA's Tonawanda shelter! For more information, call SPCA Adoptions: 716-629-3531!