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When a local municipal animal control partner from one of the busiest agencies in the state reached out about a sweet, aged Chihuahua in their care, the team at the Connecticut Humane Society was ready to work magic. Stanley was an older pup who animal control had secured a rescue for on the condition that his medical needs and prognosis were determined prior to transfer.

It was clear to even an untrained eye that he was in need of medical attention. For one, a giant mass was protruding from just under his chin. Was it cancer? Something else? CHS’ veterinary team was up for the challenge. Stanley got a full veterinary assessment that included a basic exam, radiographs, and a biopsy, and there was a lot more to this Chihuahua than met the eye. It was discovered that Stanley had a cataract and had several teeth in need of attention and the radiograph showed an enlarged heart, but fortunately, the biopsy showed that the mass on Stanley’s neck was benign, meaning that despite his other minor medical problems, Stanley had a bright future ahead.

This little pup came back from animal control so CHS veterinarians could do surgery to remove the mass, and then moved on to foster care to recover. For his final dental work, CHS made arrangements with a private veterinary practice so Stanley wouldn’t have to wait for a slot in the CHS team’s packed surgical schedule to be seen. Now that Stanley has received his treatment and recovered, he’ll soon be going home with his new parent, a fellow senior!

No matter what stage they’re at, or what help they need, CHS is here for pets that have nowhere else to turn. Whether it’s medical care, like Stanley needed, or behavioral support or just a place to crash when they’re in between homes, CHS’ commitment to pets is unwavering, and partnerships with other animal welfare institutions across the state and the country allow us to provide all kinds of aid to thousands of pets each year.

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