2018 News

December 30, 2018

Lauren’s Wing – The Fund for Animal Care extends our deepest sympathy to the family of Dorothy Casteel. We wish to express heartfelt gratitude for your desire to honor Dorothy’s love for animals through the Lauren’s Wing Fund. We are honored to share a role in memorializing Dorothy’s legacy. It is our hope there is comfort in knowing that Dorothy’s loving spirit will live on in the lifesaving care your tribute will offer to Shelter animals in need of medical care.

In loving memory of Dorothy R. Casteel
8.28.1926 – 12.21.2018

I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one, I’d like to leave an afterglow
of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve,
to dry before the sun
Of happy memories that I leave
When life is done.

December 28, 2018

A Sirrush Update!
It was a great afternoon to sit outside in front of the AFA shelter today. Here I am with Donald, one of my favorite staff and new best friends. Donald’s been spending some extra time with me and reports that I am a great dog who loves attention. Who wouldn’t after all the years of neglect?!! I get along well with everyone – people, dogs and cats!
My surgery has healed well but I am going to need some additional evaluation on my nose and sinuses. I have been sneezing an awful lot. Hopefully, when that issue is resolved I will be ready for a forever home!
Xoxo Sirrush ♥️🐾

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November 2, 2018

A New Update to Share!
I am happy to report that I have been released from OSU and ready to depart for a trip back to AFA. Everything went very well so my recovery period shouldn’t be too long.

I am looking foward to finding a great new home where everyday is filled with love, care and trust!

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October 31, 2018

Sirrush update!
Sirrush is at Ohio State having his surgery today. As soon as we have additional information we will be sure to pass it along.
Thanks to all who support our mission. This once neglected animal now has a second chance at a better life thanks to your kindness.

October 30, 2018

Hello to all my new Lauren’s Wing Friends! My name is Sirrush and I am a 7 year old German Short Hair Pointer.
My story has a horrible and heartbreaking beginning. I was rescued from a farm in Washington County where 97 dogs were left alone on a farm to fend for themselves. Needless to say, conditions were deplorable. The good news is we have all been rescued, broken into smaller groups and dispersed to local shelters. My group was very fortunate to be placed at Action for Animals Humane Society. We are all being given the best of care, but my condition requires some extra medical attention. My eyes don’t dilate and I have a hard and soft pallet. Here is a photo of me while I patiently wait to see the Doctors at OSU today. Shelter Manager Lu is with me keeping me calm and relaxed! We will be sure to update everyone as soon as possible!

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October 24, 2018

Lauren’s Wing wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to the Janessa Fleming Memorial Fund and the entire Fleming Family for a generous grant to the Lauren’s Wing fund. The donation came to us with the following message:

“In memory of Janessa Fleming, the Janessa Fleming Memorial Fund was established to carry on her loving and caring spirit. Janessa, a friend to all, always expressed a love for animals. With this in mind, the Janessa Fleming Memorial Fund would like to present Lauren’s Wing the enclosed donation check of One Thousand Dollars.”

We are truly honored that the Fleming family has chosen to honor Janessa’s memory through our fund. Janessa was an amazing young woman, who touched the lives of many with her boundless enthusiasm and compassion. Although her years on this earth were short, the difference she made in the lives of others was monumental. Bless the entire Fleming Family as they continue to make a difference and honor Janessa’s legacy through the generosity of their fund.

We again thank Paula and the entire Fleming Family and extend our deepest gratitude for your support and friendship. 💗

Lauren’s Wing hopes there is joy in knowing the lifesaving care shelter animals will receive through your grant.

Janessa (left) and her mother, Paula (right)

October 17, 2018

Penny 🐱 and Sheriff Bridges 🐶 Updates!!!

We are happy to report that Penny has been adopted into her loving forever home!

Sheriff Bridges traveled back to Ohio State last month for his post surgery exam. He appears healthy and in good spirits, but unfortunately the heart surgery wasn’t 100% effective in healing. The specialist are hoping he will live a long healthy life, but can’t guarantee that his little heart won’t malfunction again in the future. Lauren’s Wing is hoping for the best! In the meantime, “Sheriff Marshall Bridges” is going to be adopted by the wonderful foster family who has provided him a caring home during his recovery. The Sheriff is thriving thanks to their love and his special pal LaLa!
Thanks to everyone who helped Penny and Sheriff Marshall on their roads to recovery and happy lives! 💗

September 11, 2018

It seems only fitting that today on Lauren’s birthday, we were introduced to not one but three new recipients of the Lauren’s Wing Fund. 💖🐰🐇💖

Meet WIGGLES, SPRINKLES, and MARBLE. All three bunnies arrived at the AFA shelter in need of hernia repairs. Thank you Dr Mucci for successfully completing the surgeries in house at the AFA shelter. All bunnies are doing well!

Lauren’s Wing, Wiggles, Sprinkles and Marble are grateful to all who support our fund. Three little bunnies are on a path to recovery thanks to you.

August 27, 2018

A Julia Update……..
I am officially adopted! Here I am leaving the AFA shelter heading to my forever home!

Xoxo Julia

Best wishes to Julia and her new family. Thank you for opening your hearts💕 and home🏡 to an animal so in need of a family she can trust and love again!

August 9, 2018

Good Morning Friends! 🐈🐱🐾

I would like to introduce myself as the 41st recipient of the Lauren’s Wing Fund. My name is Penny. My story began 2 weeks ago after being found stuck in a car motor. What can I say, when you are 11 weeks old, foolish decisions are made as to where safe places to explore are! My front leg was terribly injured. Weighing in at only 1.3 lbs, I was too small for surgery. With great care and good food from my caregiver and new best friend Pam (AFA assistant shelter manager), I gained enough weight to be safely operated on. On Tuesday, my surgery was performed in house at Action for Animals.

Thank you to my veterinarian, Dr Bowser, Pam and supporters of Lauren’s Wing! I am most grateful to everyone who has given me a new lease on what will hopefully be a 😻“purrrrrrrrfect” life!

Please check back for updates from me!
Xoxo, Penny

August 2, 2018

More good news to share!

The electrocardiogram went well this morning. I’ve been released and am on my way back to Action for Animals! Thank you Lu and Pam for the transport to and from Ohio State!

Xoxo Sheriff Bridges

P.S. – As you can see I am relaxed and enjoying the ride!

August 1, 2018

A Sheriff Bridges Update!

My surgery was a success and I am now resting comfortably in recovery at Ohio State University. I can’t thank everyone enough for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers.

They were much needed today – my heart went into arrhythmias twice during the operation. It was a lot for a little guy like me, but with courage, a highly skilled medical staff and a lot of support, I made it through! An echo cardiogram is scheduled for tomorrow morning. If all is well, I will travel back home in the afternoon.

The Drs want me to have a month of rest and recovery in my foster home. If all goes well, I will make a return visit to Ohio State for a post surgery reexamination in 4 weeks. And then, the long awaited search will begin to find a home where my healthy heart ❤️ can LOVE unconditionally!
XOXO Sheriff Bridges

Lauren’s Wing is honored to have played a part in providing this puppy with a second chance at a happy life. We are most grateful to the AFA staff, shelter managers Lu and Pam, Sheriff Bridges’s Foster Family, and all others who shared a role in the “Sheriff’s Story”. And last but not least, we thank everyone who supports Lauren’s Wing – The Fund for Animal Care. Your generosity has helped our 40th recipient, Sheriff Bridges, on his road to recovery.

July 30, 2018

A Lauren’s Wing Update and Request:

It’s me, Sheriff Bridges who reported for duty (and an examination) at Ohio State University today. It was all a little intimidating for a pup like me, but I had my Foster Mom and Shelter Manager Lu to calm my nerves. My appointment took place this afternoon and the results were somewhat unexpected. Initially, it was believed I was suffering Patent Ductus Arteriosus, PDA. This is a heart defect caused by a problem with the heart’s development. Upon closer examination today, I am now diagnosed with Pulmonary Stenosis, a congenital heart defect characterized by a narrowing and obstruction of blood through the heart valve. My surgery, scheduled for Wednesday, is still possible but will come at a greater risk for me. Please, if possible, keep me in your prayers 🙏……. I will need them! I would like nothing more than to leave here with a mended heart, ready to love and be loved by a forever family someday soon!
xoxoxo Sheriff Bridges

We will be sure to update as soon as we receive information on Wednesday. Thank you Lauren’s Wing supporters, for your help in making this surgery possible and for your prayers for Sheriff Bridges.

July 25, 2018

An update from Julia!

I arrived at my new home at the AFA shelter this past weekend. My transition went well. I am most grateful for the wonderful care I am receiving from the AFA staff. As soon as my recovery is complete, I will look foward to meeting all of you and finding a forever family that will love and protect me!

Hugs and kisses,

July 12, 2018

🐾Meet our new recipient! 🐾

My name is Julia, and I am a four month old puppy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time! Hit by a car, my owners dumped me in the back hills of West Virginia, disgracefully leaving me to fend for myself. A person found me, and I was passed around until someone did the right thing and took me to see a veterinarian. Sadly, they surrendered me due to the costs to repair my broken leg.

Just when I thought all hope was lost, an early Tuesday morning 6AM phone call to AFA shelter manager Lu happened! The plea requested help to fund a surgery to repair my broken left front leg. The operation needed to happen quickly before my break was too old to repair. Within hours, the surgery took place! I am happy to report it was a success -my leg is saved and the prognosis is good! After an overnight stay, I was moved to a foster care home until I can safely be transported to AFA on July 20th. I can’t wait to come to a place where so many wonderful people love and care for animals, even ones they have never met. Thank you Lu, AFA, and everyone who supports the Lauren’s Wing Fund!

You have saved the life of one grateful little puppy!

xoxo Julia

Lauren’s Wing is honored to partner with AFA in providing the financial means for specialty care and emergencies like Julia’s. Without the support of so many kind and generous people our mission would not be possible. Julia and Lauren’s Wing are grateful to each and everyone of you!

June 26, 2018

❤️💕Meet 9 week old “Sheriff Bridges”!💕❤️

Lauren’s Wing received this message early this morning:
“My name is Sheriff Bridges and I am 9 weeks old. Lu told me I should Text you….she loaned me her phone….. you see I need your help. My heart ♥️ is in the right place to love a family when I grow up……but it doesn’t work right. I have what you call PDA. Lu told me if I gave you those puppy eyes Lauren’s Wing may be able to help. So, here they are…. did it work??????????”
Lauren’s Wing is happy to report the answer is undoubtedly YES! We are so grateful to all our supporters who contribute to our fund so when an animal is in need of care, we are ready to help!

Sheriff Bridge has an appointment for an evaluation next month! In the meantime, this lucky little pup is being loved and cared for in a foster home.

Please stop by later this evening to see more pics of the sheriff!

Sheriff Bridge update!

Some new pictures as promised. Here I am, loving life at my foster home!

Last picture of the day……I played myself out! Good nite! 🌜💤

June 23, 2018

We just received word that Marley has been officially adopted. Here he is with his beautiful new family!
Good luck Marley! Best wishes to you and your family for many joy filled happy years together!

June 23, 2018

In loving memory of Lauren
9.11.1980 – 6.23.2011

Those we love and lose
are always connected by heartstrings
into infinity.

Forever in our hearts 💕 ❤️

May 11, 2018

A Liam update!
We have some new photos to share. Liam has settled into his new forever home. Whether lounging in a favorite couch or hanging out with his new canine sibling, Liam in now living the good life!
Best wishes to Liam and Family for many years of happiness. Let the love♥️and good times roll!

April 30, 2018

Greetings from Marley!

You may think you are seeing double, well actually triple because I happen to be the third consecutive black lab mix dog to become a Lauren’s Wing reipient! I also am the 38th recipient of the fund.

My story began at the West Virginia Guernsey County Animal Shelter where my owner’s surrendered me. I arrived with an existing leg injury that was never treated rendering my hind leg rather useless. My leg dragged and I was unable to put weight one it. My reality and chance of finding someone to adopt me with my preexisting medical issues were slim to none, but I tried my best to remain hopeful. A phone call was made that restored my faith in people. Lauren’s Wing, Action for Animals and shelter manager Lu came to my rescue and agreed to provide the long overdue medical treatment. Arrangements were made for my transport to AFA for further evaluations. I had not been using by back leg for some time, and although all efforts were explored to save it, the leg was beyond repair. AFA veterinarian Dr Mucci performed the necessary surgery to amputate my hind leg. The surgery went well. Because I was already accustomed to navigating without the hind leg, my post surgery transition was rather effortless!
My leg and broken heart are on the mend! Now, I greet each day surrounded by the caring AFA staff, and with renewed hope that someday a family will open their hearts 💕 and provide me with a home I can truly believe will be forever.

xoxo Marley

Lauren’s Wing is most grateful to all who support our fund. Without your help, Marley’s story wouldn’t be possible. Special thanks to Lu, Pam and the wonderful staff at AFA, for your extra efforts in helping animals like Marley begin new chapters in their life!

April 14, 2018

A Surprise Announcement from Buffy!

When I arrived at Action for Animals no one knew it, but I didn’t arrive solo. It seemed I was picking up weight, but it was attributed to my healthy appetite. Shelter managers Lu and Pam began to suspect something else could be the reason. Their hunch was right and they arrived one morning to find me with 6 tiny puppies!! I delivered them all by myself. They were all very tiny and not in the best of health. Although everyone tried their best, 5 of my little ones were too small to survive. I was left with one little miracle puppy. In addition to recovering, being a new mom has raised my spirits. My little pup is doing well and we are quite happy being together♥️♥️!!!!!

But wait, that is not all! A wonderful AFA Alum family wants to adopt not only me but my puppy as well. Together forever now that’s what I call my happily ever after!
Xoxo Buffy
Please check back for updates!

April 9, 2018

More from Liam!

I am making great progress with my recovery and transition to life with three legs. As promised, I wanted to share more of my story………
Unlike the last few recipients, I am actually from this area. My life took a tragic turn when my hind left leg was injured after being hit by a car. Not having the funds to provide the necessary surgery, my owners sadly made the heart wrenching decision to turn me over to be euthanized. As preperations were underway, my soulful eyes must have touched the heart of a vet technician who just couldn’t let my life end that day. Being at a local facility was a blessing for someone there knew of the Lauren’s Wing fund and recommended calling AFA shelter manager Lu on my behalf. Yes! I would get a second chance after all! Thank goodness the funds were in place, because there was no time to spare.

I traveled to Ohio State University for an evaluation hoping my leg could be salvaged. Due to the extent of injuries this was not a possibility. After traveling back to AFA, Veternarian Dr Bowser performed the surgery to amputate my leg. The operation went well. I’ve gotten to meet many new friends here at the shelter and can say everyone seems to love my gentle disposition and loving heart.

Thank you Lu, Pam, Dr Bowser, and AFA staff for your extra efforts in rehabilitating me and caring for the countless animals that arrive at your shelter all year long. A special thank you to the kind person who made the decision that I was worth saving. At only 1 1/2 years old, I now have a long life ahead of me. And just when you think the story can’t get better, I can share that someone already agreed to adopt me. As soon as I fully recover, I will be going home!!! 🐾💖🏡

xoxo Liam

Lauren’s Wing is most grateful to all who support our mission to help animals in need of medical care. We are honored to partner with AFA and the caring staff of people who go the extra mile to help care for animals in recovery.

April 1, 2018

Happy Easter everyone!
My name is Liam and I am the newest Lauren’s Wing recipient. As you can see from my happy smiling face, I am in good spirits as I recover from having my severely injured leg amputated. I will share more of my story in days to come……so please check back.

Don’t be confused by my looks – I could pass for Roades’s twin. Roades was adopted and ended her stay at AFA last week just as I was making my arrival!

Thank you to all who support Lauren’s Wing with your generosity. You truly saved me from being euthanized. I am most grateful to you. Rest assured I am receiving the very best care from the loving Staff at AFA ♥️♥️♥️!
Xoxoxo Liam

March 29, 2018

I have a happy update to share!!!!!
It’s a great day! Here I am leaving the Action for Animals Shelter and heading to my new forever home where I will be joining 2 new doggie siblings and a loving family!
Thank you to everyone who played a role in helping me start my new life!
Xoxoxo Roades

Lauren’s Wing wishes Roades and her new Family many years of love and companionship. Thank you for opening your hearts and Home to this special dog.♥️

March 13, 2018

We got to visit Roades and Buffy since their arrivals at AFA. Happy to update that they both are in terrific spirits and resting comfortably. They are being provided with lots of love ❤️ and care from the wonderful staff at AFA!

Buffy and Roades greeted us with wagging tails and kisses galore! It is truly amazing to witness the trust that these animals still have for people. In spite of their past pain and trauma, they haven’t given up and are so deserving of homes where love awaits them each and every day! Hopefully, their recoveries will continue to progress and they will find their forever families soon. We promise, they will melt your heart!

March 4, 2017

An update on Buffy:

Hello friends! I have good news to share. My surgery was successful and my recovery progressed enough to allow the transfer to my new residence at AFA.
My bad memory of being shot and neglected in my home state of West Virginia is behind me. I will continue my journey now with the wonderful staff at AFA providing lots of TLC! Hugs and a grateful heart to everyone who helps Lauren’s Wing! Without you I wouldn’t be looking foward to a new life here in PA! ♥️🐾

February 21, 2018   Greetings Friends! 

My name is Roades and here I am on a freedom ride to start a whole new life! My lifesaving surgery is complete. My front paw was caught in an animal trap. I struggled to get free but lost a part of my leg in the struggle. Sadly, it was beyond repair. But as you can see, I am in great care now and in the best of spirits! I am for forever grateful to everyone who supports the Lauren’s Wing Fund and saved my life!
Xoxo Roades 🐾

Lauren’s Wing and Roades also wish to thank shelter manager Lu, assistant manager Pam and AFA staff for taking on the extra challenge of caring for animals in recovery and for arranging all their special transportation! Lauren’s Wing is truly honored to partner with such an amazing group of people!!! ❤️

February 11, 2018

First Impressions..

We didn’t even know her name, but we did know that this sweet girl needed our help…

She arrived at a shelter Saturday with bullet wounds that shattered her hip. Surgery will be necessary to replace her hip and remove the bullet shards.

Thanks to the wonderful people who support the Lauren’s Wing Fund, we are prepared to help fund her medical needs.

We will update more information on our 35th recipient as soon as we receive additional information about her.

Update 1

We have an update on the poor girl that came into a West Virginia shelter with the bullet wound and shattered hip. Her name is Buffy. It seems her femoral bone may be too shattered for a hip replacement. Unfortunately her leg and part of the hip will need to be amputated. It isn’t the news we were hoping to hear but are still grateful her life will be saved. We have witnessed firsthand that dogs have an amazing ability to adjust to life on three legs. We have faith that Buffy will do the same! Keep her in your prayers 🙏please……❤️
We will continue to update when we have more information to share.

Update 2

Hello everyone! Here I am in my first post recovery picture! The surgery went well to remove the bullets and my shattered hip. I am in very good spirits and am being well cared for in a foster home while final arrangements are made for my transport to Action for Animals. Thank you to all my new friends at Lauren’s Wing who helped make my surgery possible! xoxo Buffy

P.S. People sometimes say things happen in 3 they and that may very well be true. As of this evening, two new dogs are now waiting in the wings for support from the Lauren’s Wing Fund. “Freddie”is traveling to Ohio State University on Thursday to receive a liver shunt. Last but not least, a plea for assistance came in to help a Lab who lost part of her front foot. Surgery will be necessary. Please check back to hear more updates and progress reports!

One of our goals at Lauren’s Wing is to always be prepared to financially assist animals when emergencies like these happen. We are pleased that we have the means to help all three animals receive the lifesaving care they deserve. We are forever grateful to everyone who has helped support and grow our fund. Your kindness and generosity has changed the lives of 37 shelter animals thus far. Thank you!