October 5, 2019
My name is Max and I will be traveling to the AFA shelter later this weekend from Preston County West Virginia. No one might guess from looking at my cute photo, but underneath those fluffy ears were two massive infections. It’s no exaggeration – the photo of my inner ears speak volumes! They were both swollen shut.
Thanks to a phone call to Shelter manager Lu, and all the wonderful people who support the Lauren’s Wing Fund, I am on a road to recovery.
My surgery, a lateral ear resection is complete and all went well. With some additional rest and care, I will be able to start my next chapter of finding someone to love!♥️
As the 51rst recipient of the Lauren’s Wing Fund, my gratitude runs deep to everyone who played a role in my medical care and rescue.
August 15, 2019
It’s been said I am quite special – one look at me and I’m certain you agree.
Being the 50th recipient of the Lauren’s Wing Fund also makes me feel very special, too! My name is “LOVE” – quite appropriate I must say!
I arrived at The AFA Shelter as an owner surrender. The caring staff noticed I had an issue with my jaw. A medical evaluation was scheduled and Drs discovered an impacted tooth close to my jaw that was causing bone density loss and pain. Fortunately, surgery for tooth removal was an option thanks to The Lauren’s Wing Fund. My recovery went well.
My story gets better as I can say I already have been adopted by a wonderful Family.
My heart is grateful to the AFA staff, and all the special people who support the Lauren’s Wing Animal Care Fund. Your LOVE and compassion for animals has made a difference in my life, as well as 49 other happy recipients!
Love❤️, hugs and kisses,
August 14, 2019
More wonderful news……….
I have been adopted too!
Here is a picture of the happiest day of my life so far. I am pretty sure my days will be full of good times and pampering! Thanks to my new family for opening your hearts to me. ❤️ And special thanks to my friends at Action for Animals and all the kindpeople who support Lauren’s Wing!❤️xoxo Greta 🐾
August 6, 2019
Great news everyone! I am adopted and now living the life of my dreams! Thank you to all who played a roll in my rescue, medical care and recovery. And hugs and kisses to all my friends who support Lauren’s Wing and made my surgery possible!
❤️xoxo 🐾 Aldo
June 25, 2019
Look who we ran into while visiting the shelter recently – the one and only Sirrush!
Sirrush says, “I know my shades look like a great fashion statement, but my eyes are actually light sensitive so I agreed to wear them when I venture outside. I thank Donald every day for taking such great care of me!!!”♥️♥️
June 23, 2019
In loving memory of Lauren
9.11.1980 – 6.23.2011
“Wherever a beautiful soul has been,
there is a trail of beautiful memories.”
Lauren with Mem, aka Precious Memories
June 19, 2019
Here I am everyone! It’s me Greta, resting comfortably in Shelter Manager Lu Hutchinson’s arms. As the 49th recipient of the Lauren’s Wing Fund, I realize how lucky I am to be at the AFA shelter.
Not much is known about my past life. I was found helpless and scared on the side of a road after being hit by a car. Taken to a nearby shelter, no one came foward to claim me.
Decisions had to be made quickly for surgery was needed for my broken leg and pelvis. A call to Lu at AFA was made asking for help from the Lauren’s Wing Fund. My future began to look hopeful!
I was placed in veterinary care until my surgery was scheduled. The doctors had to remove my leg. The injuries were too extensive to heal properly. I remained in my home state of West Virginia until it was safe to transport me to my new home at AFA.
I will continue my recovery with rest and limited activity until my pelvis heals.
Although no one knows my background, it doesn’t take long to discover what a sweet gentle temperament I have. I am truly grateful for the care I am receiving and express my appreciation with lots of kisses!
Thank you to all who have played a role in saving my life, especially all my new friends who support Lauren’s Wing – The Fund for Animal Care!♥️
May 31, 2019
My name is Greta and I will soon become the 49th recipient of the Lauren’s Wing Fund. I am in desperate need of surgery to mend a broken leg and fractured pelvis after being hit by a car in my home state of West Virginia. Currently, I am in the shelter where I was surrendered as arrangements are being made for my surgery.
After the operation and as soon as it’s safe to travel, I will come to my new home at the Action for Animals Humane Society for the remainder of my recovery. Then, this grateful 6 year old will begin the search to find “my family”. I can’t begin to thank everyone who helped me have a second chance at a happy healthy life!
Lauren’s Wing thanks everyone who supports the Lauren’s Wing Fund. Your compassion and generosity has enabled another animal to receive life saving care!
More updates to come …….
May 15, 2019
An Aldo Update!
Here I am being my sweet and adorable self. As you can see, I love attention!
My surgery has healed and I have adapted to balancing on three legs. My long torso made things a bit more challenging but I have determination.
My next step is to follow protocol and be neutered before my forever home search begins. I am patiently counting the days until I meet my special someone!
I will be sure to keep everyone updated on my progress!
Xoxo ♥️Aldo 🐾
April 20, 2019
A Sirrush Update:
Remember me?!? I am Sirrush, the German short hair who had surgery on my soft palette last Fall. Yes I am still at the AFA shelter due to some ongoing sinus issues, but I have definitely made it my second home. In addition to great care there, I’ve also bonded with my best friend Donald, who works at the shelter.
This weekend is an extra special one for me. I am spending the holiday weekend at home with Donald and Family. This is the best weekend of my life! Everyone who knows me said I have never looked happier than the moment I sat in the car next to him. And I must say, Donald looks pretty happy, too!♥️ Wishing all a weekend as happy as mine will be filled with love and Easter blessings!
April 19, 2019
Look who is turning “1” tomorrow! Happy Birthday Sheriff Marshall Bridges!!!❤️ It is great to see “The Sheriff” all grown up looking so handsome and healthy!
It is always heartwarming to see our Lauren’s Wing Recipients in such loving forever homes.
If you have adopted any AFA – Lauren’s Wing alums, please send along photo updates!
April 5, 2019
Our 48th recipient came into our lives and hearts this afternoon via a phone call from a shelter located in West Virginia. Chico, a 12 week old puppy had been surrendered during a medical emergency. X-rays revealed that Chico had swallowed a large fish hook that lodged in his esophagus resting dangerously close to his heart. Chico needed immediate surgery for transporting him any distance was too great a risk. The phone call to AFA shelter manager Lu was a plea asking if Lauren’s Wing would consider funding this life saving surgery at his current location. After he could safely be transported, post operative recovery care would be complete at the Action for Animals Humane Society shelter. They needed our decision quickly as time was of the essence.
Thanks to the generosity of Lauren’s Wing supporters, the funds were in place to give Chico’s emergency surgery the go ahead this afternoon. We understood this was a risky surgery, but without it Chico had no chance of survival.
The surgery went well, and the Veterinarian was able to remove the fish hook. But while repairing the damage to the esophagus, Chico passed over the rainbow 🌈 bridge before his surgery was completed. It is heartbreaking to share his outcome but we take comfort in knowing we were there when he needed us the most. Chico didn’t cross over the bridge alone and suffering, but surrounded by compassionate and caring people.
Although we never got to meet the little pup in person, he touched our hearts and reminded us that it is a rich blessing in life to share a role in animal rescues, even if the outcomes aren’t what we hope and pray for.
Rest in peace sweet Chico, you will always be lovingly remembered. ❤️💗❤️💗
March 31, 2019
I have GREAT news to share!!! My forever family has adopted me and I am on my way home this afternoon! ♥️ My Heart is very grateful to all who were involved in my rescue and care! Thank you Lauren’s Wing supporters for funding my surgery! And last but not least, I would like to thank my wonderful new family for opening your home and hearts to me!
♥️ Rocky 🐾
Lauren’s Wing also wants to thank everyone who helped spread the word and shared Rocky’s story. Your role in helping him find a happy ending is most appreciated!
March 29, 2019
Here I am heading back to AFA today! I am grateful for the wonderful care at the Ebensburg Animal Hospital. I feel pretty well all things considered. The plan now is to spend quiet time resting and recovering with lots of TLC!
Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers!
XOXO 🐾 Aldo ♥️
March 27, 2019
An Aldo update!
I am resting comfortably after my surgery today and am happy to report it was a success! Thank you for all the well wishes and prayers.
This photo was taken yesterday on my arrival to the Ebensburg Animal Hospital. My deformed hind left leg will no longer hinder my movement. I am one step closer to finding my forever family♥️!
XXOO ♥️ 🐾 Aldo
March 26, 2019
Meet Aldo – our 47th recipient!
My name is Aldo. Born with a deformed back leg, I tried my hardest to navigate life despite my challenge. If that wasn’t hard enough, at the tender age of 3, my owners decided to surrender me to a local Ohio shelter. My world was turned upside down that day as my future seemed quite uncertain.
I’ve been told that my loving gaze can melt your heart. With that simple phrase, I was assured that it was only a matter of time before someone would come to adopt me. Unfortunately, I waited and waited as countless people passed me by for it seemed no one wanted the dog with the funny back leg and strange gait.
Just when all of my hope was running thin, I met HER! Lu Hutchinson was her name, Shelter Manager of the AFA Humane Society based in Latrobe. She promised to get me back on the road to a better life.
The plan started literally on the road with a trip from Ohio to the AFA shelter. We needed evaluations on what was the best plan of action in dealing with my deformity. Although still a bit frightened, I mustered up all my courage today to take a trip with Lu to the Ebensburg Animal Hospital. I am not embarrassed to admit that snuggling next to her while hiding under a blanket eased my nerves while awaiting the Doctor visit.
I stayed at the hospital in Ebensburg this evening as my surgery will occur within the next few days. The doctor determined the best medical plan was to remove the deformed leg. It has become too much of a hindrance to my mobility.
I promise to update as soon as possible. Thanks for taking an interest in me, reading and sharing my story, and lifting me in prayer as I await my operation. I am forever grateful for the great care received at Action for Animals Humane Society and Ebensburg Animal Hospital. And last but certainly not least, thank you to all who support Lauren’s Wing – The Fund for Animal Care. Your generosity has given me hope for a brighter future!
XXOO ❤️🐾ALDO 🐾❤️
P.S. I saw Rocky this afternoon before leaving for Ebensburg. He wanted me to give a big “SHOUT OUT” to everyone who shared his story yesterday on facebook. He was amazed so many people cared about his fate! I can assure you that Rocky is feeling a lot more optimistic thanks to your help!
March 25, 2019
Hello friends! I was outside a bit today enjoying some fresh air. My leg is healing and I am growing up fast! I must confess that I am feeling a little blue today. Although I am getting the very best care here at AFA, it is hard waiting for someone to make me part of their forever home! I will be patient though. If anyone knows of someone looking to adopt, please share my story. I have never really experienced a loving life coming from a hoarding situation. There was no special attention or treats as my former owner could barely care for herself. I’ll keep waiting, if you can’t come and visit with me then could you please say a prayer for me to find a home 🏡 where I will be treasured and loved.💗Thanks for your help and thanks to all who support Lauren’s Wing and Action for Animals!
March 16, 2019
I have healed, stitches are out and I’m now ready to find my forever home!♥️ Please stop by the shelter for a visit – I would love to meet you in person…….
March 11, 2019
A Rocky update!
I am doing great these days. You’ll find me adjusting well to life with three legs. My stitches are healing nicely.
Guess what! You’ll never believe this but I met a new friend here whose name you might recognize. Go on take a guess! Ok, fine I’ll tell you…it’s Sirrush! We became great buddies/kennel neighbors. I mean we have so many things in common we love food, toys, walks, meeting new people/friends but we ESPECIALLY love getting attention from the AFA staff including our best friend Donald. It is great to be in such fine company while we rest and recover!
Xoxo Rocky ♥️🐾
P.S.- Sirrush wanted to let you know he is still being evaluated for some ongoing sinus issues. He is one terrific dog and super fine friend to me!
We are both grateful for the TLC here at AFA, and to all who support the Lauren’s Wing Fund!
February 28, 2019
Good Morning All!
I arrived safely back at AFA, and I’m already making great progress in my transition!
I promise to keep my excitement in check from this day foward!
With a grateful heart to all involved in my rescue and recovery,
February 27, 2019
An update from Rocky!
I am on my way back to the shelter this afternoon after having my surgery successfully completed.
Now to share a little more about me. I was living in West Va, where Authorities discovered multiple animals living in a hoarder situation. Sadly, my formal owner was also suffering from dementia. Rescue arrangements were completed and I traveled with a small group of siblings to Action for Animals Humane Society. All was going quite well until my youthful energy and playful attitude got me in trouble. My joyful leap resulted in a broken hind leg. The veterinarian examined me and the xrays revealed breaks in the joint area. Unfortunately, the Dr. recommended my break would be too difficult to heal and could cause long range ongoing issues. The difficult decision was made to remove the leg, with all confidence I will be up for the challenge of mobility using three legs. Being only 5 months old will certainly work to my advantage.
Hugs, love and thanks to everyone who supports Lauren’s Wing – The Fund for Animal Care. Your generosity funded my surgery. Special thanks to Shelter manager Lu, for chauffeuring me to and from Ebensburg; and making certain this lucky puppy got the best of care. ❤️
I will be looking foward to sharing more of my journey with all of you so please check back.
♥️ Rocky 🐾
February 14, 2019
I am the 46th and newest recipient of the Lauren’s Wing Fund. Currently I am at Ebensburg Animal Hospital. Will update everyone as soon as I can!
Happy Valentines Day♥️💘!
February 6, 2019
A Sirrush Update!
Here I am patiently waiting for the Doctors to see me. I heard they will be looking up my nose – I am not sure if I will like this but I will try my best to be the good dog that everyone says I am! ☘️
January 27, 2019
Here I am patiently waiting while my friend Donald cleans my pen. I love toys, so much so that I will carry each one of mine back into my pen when it’s ready for me!
Everyone thinks I am such a great dog. I feel grateful to have a warm bed, regular meals, lots of attention, and did I mention my assortment of toys!?! ♥️ 🎾❤️
My recovery is still a work in progress so please check back for updates!
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 ♥️🐾
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!
October 31, 2018
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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.
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!
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!!! 🐾💖🏡
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 ♥️♥️♥️!
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!
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! ♥️🐾
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
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.
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.
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!