When tragedy strikes, Red Paw is a friend indeed
BETHAYRES - Two miniature pinschers scurried around a pen, barking incessantly and as menacingly as dogs of that size can. The target of their ire was an approaching visitor who was rudely interrupting play time. The dogs – Big Red and Noel – are current but temporary residents of World of Animals, a veterinary hospital and pet boarding shop in Bethayres. The story is in how they got there. The Philadelphia house in which the dogs lived was leveled by a fiUH. 5HG CURss wDs Rn WhH scHnH WR RIIHU hHOS WR WhH GRg’s RwnHUs, but the temporary housing offered the people was not exactly petIULHnGOy. EnWHU 5HG 3Dw, D NLnG RI 5HG CURss IRU DnLPDOs. ThRugh nRW DIfiOLDWHG wLWh 5HG CURss, 5HG 3Dw Ls RIWHn RnH RI WhH fiUsW cDOOs 5HG CURss PDNHs LI UHsLGHnWs GLsSODcHG Ey D WUDgHGy hDYH SHWs.
Red Paw then takes in the pets, or more accurately, picks them up and delivers them to one of several partners in the area, including WwR Ln BucNs CRunWy. AOO RI WhH SDUWnHUs DUH OLNH WRUOG RI AnLPDOs – a vet or a place that boards animals. Occasionally the dogs will be taken in by a foster family. The organization is the two-year-old EUDLnchLOG RI -HnnLIHU LHDUy, D 3hLODGHOShLD fiUHfighWHU DnG 5HG CURss responder.
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The pets get exceptional care and, almost as importantly, exceptional attention after Red Paw gets involved.
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Jen Leary, owner of Red Paw, plays with two of her dogs, Beg Red and Noel, at World of Animals in Bethayres.