At PAWS, it is a special time when an animal is adopted and gets a forever home. Last Sunday, PAWS Chicago said farewell to a special resident. After two and a half years , PAWS Ambassador “Red” was adopted. To celebrate , PAWS threw a mammoth good bye party for the lovable pit bull.
“Red” was shot in 2009 when he was protecting his best friend. When he went on the attack to save him, the crooks shot him in the spine causing him to be paralyzed. We learned of the amazing story by the kind policeman who rescued him. Brian Cio said that he and his partner were called to the apartment because there had been an assault. When they got there, Brian called animal control and then proceeded to carry the injured animal down three flights of stairs. Animal Control then took over to rescue Red and brought him to the Clybourn shelter where he has been until right before Christmas. “I could tell that the dog had the will to live.” stated Cio when he was reunited with the canine whose life he had saved. “I also could tell that the dog was well loved by his owner as well. There were all kinds of toys in the apartment we saw when we called to investigate the shooting.” He first found that Red was okay when he and his fiance, Kathy Pollard were dining in the neighborhood about four months ago. They plan to marry in August and would love it if Red could come to the wedding.
Many of “Red’s friends came to wish him well and brought him presents. A lot of the people who took care of him showed their happiness and love for the dog. This included volunteers who walked him and played with him. “We are total buddies.” exclaimed Jason Miles as the pup rolled to embrace him. When the crooks shot “Red” , a wheelchair was needed for the dog to maneuver around. With regular underwater therapy sessions and just plain TLC ,”Red” adjusted very well to his new home.
Early in the fall of 2011, Dawn Schaible was looking at Facebook and came across the lovable pooch’s profile. She was immediately smitten. “I knew I had to see this dog.” she smiled. Coming from the Rockford area, Dawn made her way to PAWS and it was love at first site. She met with the dog and decided to foster him. “Fostering ” is the first step a family sometimes takes when they are considering adopting an animal that has special needs. “Red” came to live with the family and spent his first Christmas with them. Shortly after that, the Schaible family made it official and adopted the charming pit bull. “I now have a built in baby sitter for my daughter. He does such a good job of protecting my little girl.” Red was also the answer to another prayer, the family had recently lost another pet and they were looking for a companion for their sweet little beagle, “Razor.”
To celebrate this joyous occasion, a party was held at the PAWS shelter. Since the guest of honor loves frogs, cupcakes and a frog cake were part of the celebration. The event culminated when a red PAWS alumni bandanna was tied around “Red’s” neck , making it official. “This is so great considering the bad rap that “Red’s” breed have gotten. Pit bulls are found on the South and West Side and are usually used for fighting. This shows that pit bulls can be very loving and sweet animals. ” a PAWS volunteer added.
There are many sweet and loving animals that are waiting to have their own celebrations. PAWS is filled with animals that are looking to find their forever homes. For more information, call 773-935-7297 or just stop in the adoption center at 1997 N Clybourn Ave
“Pit bulls usually get a bad rap. That’s why this adoption is so great. It proves that they can be very loving and sweet pets.” PAWS officials said . “Red” is not only a pit bull, but a special needs dog as well.