Update: Adoption offers for pit bull Patrick flooded
Pit bull Patrick, named for his reddish fur and because he was found the day before St. Patrick's Day, has received floods of e-mails, gifts, donations, and letters from those who are inspired by his story of survival from his sinister fate. All are offering his adoption.
When Patrick was brought to Garden State Veterinary Specialists after being rescued by officials at the Associated Humane Societies, he was so starved that he was curled into a ball, unable to walk, or even stand, and so very thin. His ribcage protruded, he weighed about 20 pounds and was covered in sores with parts of skin hanging off him, according to Patricia Smillie-Scavelli, hospital administrator, Philly.com reports.
At present, after weeks of treatment including a transfusion of three pints of blood, a special diet, medicine, and physical therapy, Patrick is gaining weight - currently he weighs just over 29 pounds - is finally eating solid food, and enjoys taking walks in the sun and playing with the many toys that well-wishers have sent him.
The hospital have sent thank-you cards with Patrick's picture to those who sent collars, dog shirts, toys, scrapbook pages, or dog blankets embroidered with Patrick's name.
Just last week, Patrick visited the News 12 New Jersey offices where he made an appearance on "The Pet Stop," ahscares.org reported.
According to the hospital's website, they have discontinued accepting donations directly to the hospital for Patrick. Those wishing to honor Patrick are encouraged to donate to your local organization in his name.
Patrick's survival reminds us that there are many animals that suffer terrible abuse and are being rescued every day. Thanks to those concerned people who would take some of their times to rescue such animals on the brink of death.