When tragedy strikes, Red Paw is a friend in­deed

The Advance of Bucks County - - FRONT PAGE - By Cary Beavers

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.

“It takes a while to get back on your feet af­ter you lose ev­ery­thing Ln D fiUH,” LHDUy sDLG. “3HWs MusW PDNH LW hDUGHU. ThDW’s why 5HG 3Dw sWDUWHG.” LHDUy shUug­gHG whHn LW wDs LnWLPDWHG WhDW shH’s gRing above and be­yond in car­ing for an­i­mals in need. To her, she saw the need and did some­thing about it.

LDsW yHDU LHDUy figuUHG shH took in more than 150 an­i­mals. ThLs yHDU, shH’s SODcHG GRuEOH WhDW DOUHDGy, DnG WhH yHDU’s nRW half over.

When Red Paw res­cues an an­i­mal, its pol­icy is to give the RwnHUs 30 GDys WR finG suLWDEOH hous­ing for their pet. If the aniPDO’s RwnHU Ls cRRSHUDWLYH DnG com­mu­nica­tive – a sit­u­a­tion that is rarer than many might think – WhHy’OO gLYH WhHP Dn DGGLWLRnDO 30 days. Dur­ing that time, the pets get fed, boarded and all the ve­teri­nary trim­mings free of charge to the owner. Most of 5HG 3Dw’s SDUWnHUs gLYH LHDUy a steep dis­count, some a com­plete dis­count, on things like neu­ter­ing and vac­ci­na­tions. A ORcDO SDUWnHU, CHnWHU IRU AnLPDO Re­fer­ral and Emer­gency SerYLcHs (CA5ES) Ln LDnghRUnH, has been only too happy to help Leary and her grow­ing, nonSUR­fiW RUgDnLzDWLRn.

“WhDW shH GRHs Ls LPSRUWDnW,” said Donna Steck­ley, Prac­tice 0DnDgHU IRU CA5ES. “ShH’s GRnH D gUHDW MRE. TUuOy LPSUHs- sive. det­ting in­volved with Red Paw was a no-brainer for me. A ORW RI hRWHOs GRn’W WDNH SHWs, sR WhHsH SHRSOH GRn’W hDYH Dny­whHUH WR SODcH WhHLU SHWs.”

Big Read and Noel even­tu­ally warmed to the vis­i­tor. Their situ­aWLRn wDs Puch PuUNLHU MusW WwR GDys SULRU. LHDUy hDG EHHn unDEOH WR UHDch WhHLU RwnHUs. WhLOH 5HG 3Dw’s SDUWnHUs DUH gHnHURus, WhHy hDYH nHLWhHU WhH wDys nRU WhH PHDns WR NHHS WhHP DG Ln­finLWuP. When pet own­ers dis­ap­pear, Leary han­dles it her­self.

“SRPHWLPHs, wH hDYH WR finG hRPHs IRU WhH SHWs,” LHDUy sDLG. “WH’OO NHHS WhHP DnG finG hRPHs. WH DGRSW WhHP RuW RuUsHOYHs. WH GRn’W WDNH WhHP WR shHOWHUs. ThH whROH SRLnW RI WhLs wDs WR NHHS WhHP RuW RI shHOWHUs.”

The pets get ex­cep­tional care and, al­most as im­por­tantly, ex­cep­tional at­ten­tion af­ter Red Paw gets in­volved.

“ThHy gHW whDW Dny RWhHU GRg whR wH ERDUG gHWs,” sDLG CRn­nLH GULIfin, SUDcWLcH PDnDgHU RI WRUOG RI AnLPDOs. “ThHy gHW WLPH RuW here in the pen to play. They prob­a­bly get a lit­tle ex­tra love from the sWDII EHcDusH RI WhHLU sLWuDWLRn.”

rl­ti­mately, Leary is look­ing for a strong pres­ence for Red Paw Ln DOO fiYH ORcDO cRunWLHs. -Rhn FUDnNOLn Ls WhH BucNs CRunWy CRRUGLnDWRU IRU 5HG 3Dw. -usW D cRuSOH PRnWhs DgR, FUDnNOLn SODcHG Dn 80-SRunG EuOOGRg DW CA5ES.

“The goal is to keep them in the same type of en­vi­ron­ment that WhHy’UH usHG WR,” FUDnNOLn sDLG. “,I LW’s D hRusH SHW, LI wH cDn NHHS LW Ln D IRsWHU hRPH, WhDW’s gUHDW. BuW WhDW’s nRW DOwDys SRssLEOH.”

Jen Leary, owner of Red Paw, plays with two of her dogs, Beg Red and Noel, at World of An­i­mals in Bethayres.

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