Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley

Thank You for Lending a Paw!


Willow EditMany of you have followed the story of Willow. For those who have not heard, Willow was rescued after Animal Protectors responders assisted Arnold Police in late July, finding her, an injured, six to eight week old bull terrier mix, in extreme pain.


When Willow first arrived, we noticed that she was not able to move around with ease and was in obvious pain, so shelter staff took her immediately to our veterinarian for an exam. X-rays revealed a broken front leg that was beginning to heal incorrectly. If you look at the photo of Willow standing, you can see a bowing of her legs. We don’t know how Willow received this injury, but it is obvious that she received no medical treatment or surgery – and her little bones began to heal incorrectly.


While her spirits were high and the puppy in her was shining through, Willow was unable to walk properly, placing very little weight on her right front leg, causing her to wobble and limp. And she is a growing girl – we knew that we could not allow her legs to continue to grow without repairing the damage.


With this knowledge, we scheduled surgery for Willow. Under the care of Pittsburgh East Animal Hospital, Willow’s surgery was complete on August 9. She recovered with Dr. Pope who performed her surgery and grew stronger as each day passed.


As we made daily contact with Dr. Pope, we realized that he had grown fond of this special girl. So fond that he has decided to adopt her! Willow now calls Dr. Pope her pet parent and is happy as can be!


Dr. Pope didn’t stop at adopting Willow – he decided to donate the entire cost of her surgery! You may be wondering, “What happens to the money that was donated to Willow’s Surgery Fund?”


Animal Protectors was floored by the support that we received from the community to help Willow recover. In honor of this wonderful puppy and in gratitude to those who donated, we have placed all of the funds raised into the “Willow Fund.” The Willow Fund will support any animal that finds its way to our shelter in need of emergency medical care and/or surgery.


Unfortunately, Willow will not be the last animal in great need of care. This fund, developed in her honor, will help many animals in the future. If you would like to make a donation towards the Willow Fund, please send to: Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Avenue, New Kensington, PA 15068. Please write “Willow Fund” in the memo.


If you would like to donate online, click here. This will send you to JustGive, our online donation site. Under “Program,” please choose the Willow Fund in the drop-down menu.


Thank you for your support! Thank you for lending a paw!