I am a man who doesn't consider himself especially vindictive or violent, but when I hear about someone intentionally harming an innocent animal? It gets me steaming. For a long time, animal cruelty laws weren't really that strict, but thankfully, more and more lawmakers are cracking down on animal offenders.
When police in Syracuse, New York recently received a tip about dogs living under inhumane conditions, they sprang into action. Upon arriving at the address, they found a sickly, emaciated dog and her son in a basement with no access to food or medicine.
The mother, Jada, looked as though she only had a few more days left in her when she was found. Estimated to be about nine years old, rescuers believe that Jada had spent her entire life inside the crate they found her in. Unfortunately, there was more bad news ...
This is how Jada was found, cooped up in a crate and neglected. Police say that had they not found her when they did, she would have likely died in a few more days.
A lot of dogs can be quite fussy at bathtime, but Jada was in heaven at the feel of warm water and the gentle massaging of her bruises.
Warm, safe and well-fed for probably the first time in her life, Jada was looking forward to a new home and a new life ... until doctors found she only had a few months to live.
Jada was diagnosed with a severe cancer that had spread to her lungs. There was nothing anyone could do at this stage other than make her last days happy ones.
That's what the vet technicians and local community decided to do for her by making a list of life experiences she'd missed out on - a "bucket list." They also got her a nice warm bed.
Here's the full bucket list they came up with:
Here's Jada becoming a local TV star (#11 on the list) ...
... And here she is riding a fire truck (#12).
She even made friends with the firemen!
In fact, she got so close with the firefighters that she was even the January "Firefighter of the Month"
Here's Jada reading with a new friend (#20).
Here she is checking off #13 and riding in a police cruiser where she helped keep the streets safe that day.
As she continues her struggle to survive her terminal illness, the entire community is bracing for the day they get the sad news. In the meantime, they're doing all they can to keep her happy.
This may be the most important item on Jada's list: the well-being of her son, Sonny. Item #21 is simple, but meaningful - "Send my son off to the perfect home."
If you’d like to help Jada and Sonny by donating towards their medical expenses, click here.
Via: Little Things