BY KEITH LACEY
Ever hear the old joke: ?A three-legged dog walks into a bar and says to the bartender ?I?m looking for the man who shot my paw???
Well, Sheba, a Husky mix, might not have found her ?paw,? but she does have a new family after being adopted by Rachelle Scanlan a month ago.
Scanlan picked up Sheba, who lost a limb after getting a leg caught in an animal trap near Longlac, off the Sudbury Pet Save website, and it?s been a match made in pet lovers heaven.
?She?s just a beautiful, wonderful dog,? said Scanlan. ?She was exactly the kind of dog I was looking for and it didn?t bother me a bit that she was missing a limb.?
Success stories like this are one of the reasons for Greater Sudbury?s Pet Save?s success since it opened six years ago. During this time, more than 600 cats, dogs and bunnies have found a new home because of Pet Save.
Founded by animal lover Jill Pessot, the organization is holding its second annual Pet Save Gala Evening Saturday evening at Bryston?s On the Park in Copper Cliff.
Scanlan said Pet Save is a wonderful organization that should be applauded for doing outstanding work.
?Pet Save is just a wonderful organization...what they do for the animals is really mind-boggling,? she said. ?It takes so much time and devotion to getting these animals to trust people once again.?
No one is allowed to adopt a cat or dog until they are interviewed by Pet Save volunteers, who ensure the potential owner has good intentions and is a responsible pet owner, said Scanlan.
It?s only been one month since Sheba joined her family and there?s no doubt she did the right thing, said Scanlan.
?Sheba is a very happy and content dog,? she said. ?She becomes more and more playful with my cats and the other dog with each passing day and
she?s just a joy to be around.?
Pessot says there are now more than 110 foster home volunteers willing to take cats, dogs and bunnies into their home until a permanent home with
a good family is found.
All Pet Save animals are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and dewormed, she said.
Dogs can be purchased for $195, while kittens are sold for $100 and adult cats for $150.
Pet Save has always had and will never eliminate its ?no kill policy? and continues to look for good foster homes for cats and dogs, said Pessot.
The money raised at Saturday?s event is crucial in ensuring Pet Save can continue to do good work year-round, said Pessot.
The $100 ticket includes a buffet meal, all drinks and a full evening of entertainment, she said.