Humane Society International India (HSI) was having a regular and busy March day when an unexpected visitor came into the office. It was a very sick stray dog with barely any hair on her body. No one knows what happened, but somehow, she decided that the office was a safe place for her to lay down and take a nap. She walked in quietly and found a couch to curl up and go to sleep. Someone only noticed her after a little while, and they could see that she needed help desperately.
“We wouldn’t have noticed her but for the stench,” Alokparna Sengupta, deputy director of HSI India, told The Dodo. “Her skin condition was serious — she had mange, and her ears were bleeding.”
People in the office, after seeing her, immediately rushed to make food and water available for her, but all the hype scared the dog, now named Fairy, and she ran away in the blink of an eye. However, she came back the next day at the same time, and the staff were prepared this time.
When they spotted Fairy on the couch again, they secured the doors to stop her from running away. Then, they got her some food and water, which she needed the most and later, they prepared to take her to the vet. She had severe mange, and it was suspected that she had it for several months now. She only had a little hair around her neck. She was scared, but she sensed that the couch inside the shelter is the safest place and the people there were about to help her.
“When I went to pick her up to take her to the doctor, her skin was peeling off,” Sengupta said. “But she was and is an angel. No complaint or stress. I guess fate brought her to the right place and she knew it.”
Fairy was immediately taken to the vet, where the rescuers found out that she didn’t have any health issue except for her skin condition.
“She had probably been suffering for a couple of months and was shooed away because of the way she looked,” Sengupta said.
Fairy was in a lot of pain, but she was the most patient dog right from the beginning. She never complained or resisted because she was so grateful to have found some love and care finally.
“She has been an extremely patient and happy dog,” Sengupta said. “After the second day at the boarding kennel, she immediately trusted the volunteers and patiently had a bath every single week. After her recovery, we realized what a happy and friendly dog she was.”
Fairy took six months to recover completely. She already had a family interested to adopt her, just after her three months in the shelter but the rescuers wanted to wait until she was completely alright. Because she was always the sweetest, the rescuers knew she would have a great life in any family that adopted her. And now, Fairy is thriving in her new home!
Fairy has a lot of space to run around in her new house. She also has lots of people to cuddle with. She is living her best life!
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