Molly came to AHR with what turned out to be a broken foot -- broken in two places. She had been hobbling on it for an unknown number of *months.* No bute to relieve the pain, or soft ground to heal on. Just the hard concussion of being shuffled from recipient facility to feed lot, then finally, the lucky break of rescue.
After taking Molly home, having her teeth and vaccination needs addressed, and clearing quarantine, we had arranged for Molly to join Ingrid, Fiona, and Felicia, for foster care. Ingrid had the perfect, very soft spot for Molly's damaged hoof to heal.
But Molly's longterm neglect caught up to her in other ways -- very swollen lymph nodes.
After a series of tests to ensure Molly's swollen lymph nodes had nothing to do with any communicable diseases, including a histopathological examination of the lymph tissue itself, it was concluded Molly, although in poor health, was all clear to join Fiona and Felicia for the first, significant stage of her rehab.
Ingrid says "She is shy, but getting better!"
After spending so many years fighting for life, persisting with pain, the dull resignation of endless defeat sets in. It can take a long time to realize you are truly safe again. And safe to open up again. That will happen for Molly, in time! She will heal, both inside and out.
If you would like to help with Molly's last vet bill ($400!), please donate through our website