We have some very painful news to share. Yesterday, 1 August 2023, we had to put Jessa to sleep. Anyone who has had to make this decision knows how utterly difficult it is to make.
We rescued Jessa from the pound in December 2023, just hours before she was scheduled for Euthanasia.
She was pregnant at the time, though we didn't know this, and give birth the night we brought her into the Sanctuary. She was very mistrustful at first but slowly over time, integrated fully with the shelter dogs and became very friendly towards staff. Her two puppies, Bryce and Bettina survived and went on to good homes.
In June this year, Jessa contracted distemper and slowly over the course of the month, became weaker and lost the use of all her legs. She was just able to move her head. We did massage therapy every day, we put her in a wheelchair that at least supported her body. We gave every medication possible and we continued to hope that she would regain mobility.
But over the last week, the light went out of her eyes and after consultation with the vets. We knew that it was time to let her go.
Its difficult to know when to let go. We don't want to put to sleep to alleviate our own suffering but we also don't want to keep her alive because the pain of putting her to sleep is too hard to bear.
She passed with the utmost of love surrounding her.
Thank you to our staff who have to tolerate this kind of situation - who spend hours and hours caring for these souls and then have to be able to let them go.
Thank you to her sponsor Nancy for loving her from afar.
Run free Jessa - you can read more of her time with us on her profile page here.