LaMa Spotlight: Leo – holding on to hope at the crossroads

By Melanie Townsend

LaMa Animal Rescue was called on January 28, 2023 about an extremely malnourished dog at the cross roads in Leton, La. He truly was at the cross road in his difficult life, he was so week he was not able to stand. From the moment we heard about this precious boy, we knew we had to do our best to save him. One of our rescuers, Kristy Tilley, drove to get him and what she found was a frail 36-pound dog that was hanging on to hope for the help that had just arrived. His joints were swollen and infected, he had severe skin issues and was heartworm positive.   Even our vets did not hold out much hope for his survival. It was obvious he had struggled a long time on his on, but we were committed to his care and though his progress was slow, his transformation was amazing!  He now had a soft bed to sleep in and toys to play with, something he probably never had before.  At his last health check, he had doubled his weight and is now a healthy, sweet, 62-pound boy, with a smile that will melt any heart.

This is what rescue is all about, seeing the transformation of what love, care and commitment can do.  There are many at a cross road just like Leo, help did come in time for him, but it won’t for all of them.  Leo’s story is a true testimony of what compassion and kindness can do.  Please open your hearts and your homes to help LaMa Animal Rescue. We cannot do it alone, each animal in need is a reflection of the heart of our community.  “Whatever you do for the least, you do for me” Matthew 25:40 

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