TRAVERSE CITY — This month a woman found a shepherd-mix dog wandering in the Mancelona area and called AC PAW in hopes of finding it a home.
No such luck.
“We told her we can’t take any more animals, we’re on hold,” said AC PAW volunteer Candie Conat.
Since its inception in 1995, AC PAW adopted out 7,500 animals, but recently announced it can’t accept any more until it can raise money for food and medical care. AC PAW doesn’t own a physical shelter, but places animals in a network of foster care homes in the five-county Grand Traverse area.
“It’s pretty much that simple. We’re overloaded,” said Conat. “We have cases that are really costly, and we’re doing a lot of spay and neuter of our animals that we bring in. That all adds up.”
Conat said the woman kept the dog over the weekend and called AC PAW again on Nov. 11, because the dog hadn’t eaten all weekend and was drooling blood. The dog was taken to a Mancelona veterinarian who discovered an arrow had broken off near the dog’s ear and was protruding from the roof of its mouth, said Megan Brunke, an AC PAW volunteer.
“She is a very sweet girl, but doesn’t act like she has ever lived inside before,” said Brunke, who is providing the dog she named Gypsy with temporary shelter at her Kalkaska home. “She wasn’t house-trained at first, which we’re working on, and she was a little skittish. Now she’ll lay over and let (us) rub her belly.”
Conat said AC PAW made an exception to accept Gypsy because she was in peril. She’ll be fully vaccinated, put on flea prevention, provided with food and spayed at a cost of nearly $1,000.