Rescue foundation patches up shelter animals
by Anne Marie Fuller
Dec 27, 2013 | 2146 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sparky, a stray who was picked up by Tracy Animal Control and had his left hind leg amputated because of injuries, is traveling Friday, Dec. 27, to a new home in the Bay Area, thanks to the efforts of volunteer Rhonda Kooy and Noah's Ark Foundation of Tracy. Anne Marie Fuller/For the Tracy Press
Sparky, a stray who was picked up by Tracy Animal Control and had his left hind leg amputated because of injuries, is traveling Friday, Dec. 27, to a new home in the Bay Area, thanks to the efforts of volunteer Rhonda Kooy and Noah's Ark Foundation of Tracy. Anne Marie Fuller/For the Tracy Press
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Sparky, a stray Jack Russell terrier, arrived at the Tracy Animal Shelter earlier this month with multiple injuries, including a broken femur and a broken pelvis. His left hind leg was amputated, but this three-legged young dog is on his way to new home in the Bay Area, thanks to the efforts of the Noah's Ark Foundation of Tracy.

The foundation helps sick and injured animals at the local animal shelter by covering the cost of their medical care and then finding homes for them.

Animal shelter volunteer Rhonda Kooy, a Noah's Ark Foundation board member, first noticed the injury to the dog's left hind leg.

"He wasn't putting any weight on that leg," Kooy said. "You could not visually see the injury, but I knew something was wrong by the way the leg was dangling.”

Kooy said a consultation at Jules Veterinary Center revealed that the dog’s femur was broken in three places, and his pelvis was also broken. The vet estimated that he had been hit by a car at least two weeks earlier.

When Kooy checked with an animal orthopedic specialist, they determined that Sparky's left hind leg would need to be removed.

After surgery and lots of love and rehab, Sparky is Noah’s Ark's latest success story. He is managing well on three legs, playing and running around Lincoln Park earlier this week.

On Friday, Dec. 27, Sparky is traveling to his new home in the Bay Area. He was adopted by Larry Bray within 24 hours of when Noah's Ark Foundation of Tracy posted his picture on Facebook.

"I saw the photo of this small dog on Facebook and sent them a message," Bray said. "My wife and I met the dog, and once my wife saw him, I knew this dog was for us. Sparky will be the only pet in the home, and we are going to spoil him."

Noah's Ark Foundation of Tracy was founded in January 2012 by then-local resident Larry Hite. To date, the organization has helped save and place nearly 30 animals. An average surgery costs from $500 to $1,000, depending on the animal’s injuries.

"This organization was founded out of local need," Hite explained. "We are keeping animals that would have otherwise been destroyed and getting them medical care and homes."

Noah's Ark Foundation of Tracy relies on donations. The group can be found on Facebook a “Noah's Ark Foundation of Tracy California” or online at http://noahsarkfoundationtracy.com. To learn more, call 740-7211.

• Contact the Tracy Press newsroom at 835-3030 or tpnews@tracypress.com.

 
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