Many of you have followed my story on Social Media starting when I was rescued from a Philadelphia residential fire days before Thanksgiving, 2015.
Here are some snap shots of my journey along the Good Red Road.
The Red Paw Emergency Relief Team rescues me from the fire and notes my coughing and symptoms of smoke inhalation. I am transported from the Germantown area of Philadelphia to Mt. Laurel Emergency Animal Hospital.
At Mt. Laurel Emergency Animal Hospital I was placed in an oxygen unit and treated for smoke inhalation. I had a persistent cough and to ensure that I didn’t develop pneumonia I was in the oxygen unit for two additional days. The cost of my medical treatment was paid for by Red Paw Facebook follower donations. I had over 350 Facebook followers raising more than $1500 in a matter of hours.
After recovering from smoke inhalation and ready for discharge from the Animal Hospital I learned my family had suffered devastating loss from the fire and was unable to take me back. I was surrendered for adoption. Central Bark Daily Doggy Care — Philadelphia offered me foster care until my new forever home was found.
I asked Santa for a new forever family and home.
Yes, wishes do come true. By mid-January I had a new family. In fact, keeping it in the family, so to speak, I was adopted by Red Paw Volunteers (they’re Giants and Phillies baseball fans, too).
There’s nothing like Phillies hat and ball shaped dog cookies to show our team support.
In May, 2016 we were invited to Drexel University to tell our Red Paw rescue story to students in Communication Class 286. For a class project the students formed teams and prepared marketing proposals to help Red Paw increase awareness of the organization’s services.
A reunion with Jen Leary, Founder of Red Paw and my personal hero. Jen couldn’t believe how soft and beautiful my coat is — my fur has grown back where it was singed by fire. And I’ve gained a healthy 10 lbs — not as easy to pick up now as I was when we first met in a smoke filled basement of a burning building. Pictured with the Drexel Students.
It’s summer time now. Time to smell the flowers, chew on a bone and enjoy the good life.
My name MooMooXieXie means thank you and is a reminder of how very grateful I am to all the people who helped save my life.
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The Red Paw Emergency Relief Team mission is to provide relief and recovery for displaced pets and their people 24/7, and to ensure that ALL family members are taken care of during and after a disaster in their home.
Red Paw s an emergency services, nonprofit organization that works in conjunction with the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, the Philadelphia Fire Department, the American Red Cross, and other public and private disaster relief organizations to provide emergency assistance including search & rescue, emergency transport, shelter, and veterinary care to animals involved in fires and other residential disasters.