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Our Sweet Ricky Was ADOPTED!!
After a long, exhausting search, our wonderful Ricky was finally ADOPTED!!
His new dad saw the things he needed in a home to be happy and he said yes, I want to give those things to Ricky and give him a good home.
Ricky takes daily medication to help with his PTSD and anxiety and it is really effective for him, improving his quality of life. The cost, while we have done our research and found the cheapest source to obtain it at about $50 a month, can still be a lot for someone’s budget when you have other fixed costs in life. We didn’t want the cost of Ricky’s meds to stand in the way of a good home, so we are going to start a fund to assist with the continuation of making sure Ricky can always have the medication that he needs and has really made a difference for him so his new dad never has to worry about how he will be able to provide it to Ricky. Instead, we want Ricky and his new dad to be able to focus on their new life together, finding nature trails to hike, and becoming best friends! We know so many of you wanted to help Ricky in his journey to a forever home but couldn’t because you didn’t have the home environment he needed, but this would be a great time to help and help Ricky and his new dad celebrate their new life, health, and happiness, so please keep an eye on our page for a link to donate to Ricky’s medication fund!
We need to start by thanking a most incredible couple who angels must have sent ours and Ricky’s way a little over a year and a half ago - Ricky’s devoted foster mom and dad, Erica and Greg. Bounced from home to home to home, attacked by dogs as just a puppy, Ricky had been through the ringer and was a broken dog. None of us at MPA knew the extent of Ricky’s heartbreak when he arrived at Erica and Greg’s. Anxious, fearful of so many things, panicked. ’’How can I heal when I can\'t even put down roots?’’ Ricky must have been feeling. All living creatures have a breaking point. It was evident, Ricky must have reached his. An easy task was not laid before any of us, but there was a life that was counting on us, so we got to work. Erica and Greg put in an enormous amount of time and effort to help Ricky become the dog he was always meant to be. And it was not all smooth sailing. It was not all uphill. It was not all sunshine. It was not all rainbows. There were frustrated tears. There were valleys. Lots of valleys. But we watched Erica and Greg become calm, assertive, strong leaders for this dog - and maybe they didn’t even see it all unfold the way we did because they were so close - they were with him every day - but they did what needed to be done because an innocent creature needed them to, and so they did, and they did it amazingly. And the results of doing so were absolutely astounding. To see Ricky go from a dog who lived in a world that was full of fear, where bad things happen and he better be on guard because the next dog that could hurt him could be just around the corner, to months after he arrived in their home (and it took months of training and hard work just to start seeing little break throughs) seeing him use his nose again to smell the first scents of spring under the melting snow of winter like a real dog, well, was absolutely everything. Tears were shed then, too. This time, happy tears. To see Ricky focusing on his handlers, looking to them for what to do, relinquishing the feeling that he had to be in control to protect himself from all the dogs in the world and to trust Greg and Erica and that they would make sure he was okay so instead he could relax and enjoy being a dog again. Everything. To give him his happiness back, his playfulness, his joy. That’s what they did. But the greatest gift they gave him, without which none of the above would have been possible - the gift of stability - a safe place to trust and to be able to learn how to be a dog again. And with that, they gave him the world. A chance. And they did it all with such grace - through both the ups and the downs - not an easy achievement. Thank you does not seem like enough. Your kindness and generosity is humbling. You made an incredible difference in a life that desperately needed you, and to all those who have come to know you in the process. What a wonderful world this would be if there were more people like you in it.
To Volunteer Ally, your incredible dedication to working with Ricky, your commitment to his desensitization training to dogs (and of course to your dog, Alumni Milo, and Jazzy, for being your assistants in the matter), your consistency for making sure his needs were taken care of and in a timely matter, the responsibility with which you handle all the work involving all the animals you help, and most of all your heart for those that need you most - including the people in MPA that do, too - we thank you. You are an incredible leader, wise beyond your years. We appreciate you so much - and we know a brown dog who loves and appreciates you more than you will ever know. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
To all of Milwaukee Pets Alive’s volunteers - who took photos of the most handsome dog on the planet, who took videos of the silly guy, who made beautiful graphics with those beautiful photos, who printed and created flyers, who helped Ricky with his anxiety through walks and other activities, who creatively thought of ways to share Ricky with the world in hopes of reaching his forever home and then put those ideas into motion. A voice for the voiceless you always are, and the wonderful work you do is important, needed, and appreciated. Keep up the good work, because so many more Milwaukee animals need you to do the same for them.
And to all of YOU who shared, tagged, tweeted, talked to news stations and friends and family and coworkers and neighbors and acquaintances about a dog in need of help. Most of you have never met him, but you answered the call anyway. We would not be surprised if people in the southwestern most point of California and the most northeastern tip of Maine know who Ricky is - because you worked on behalf of a creature that could not do so for himself. You helped us imagine what kind of world we can create for the animals we share this planet with - every single one. You gave hope to not just those of us here at MPA, but we hope, to everyone that was watching that we will see a day, sooner than later, where every pet in need has a home - no matter the time needed, no matter the needs of that pet. There is a home for every single one.
And with that, we say, welcome home, Ricky. Welcome home.
Cat and Kitten Foster Homes Needed!!!
We’re a little scared – kitten season is upon us and we don’t have enough foster homes! We need YOU to save the lives of these precious babies in our Milwaukee community!!!
The number of lives Milwaukee Pets Alive can save is directly correlated to the number of foster homes we have. The more people we have that will open their hearts and homes to these pets in need, the more we can save – it’s that simple!
And don’t forget about the adult cats – they need fosters to save their lives too!
During the warmer months, many organizations focus on little kittens to rescue, while adult cats are overlooked (adult cats are considered 1 year of age and older – there are many young 1 year old cats coming into animal control during the influx of kittens, too!)
MPA rescues animals ONLY from MADACC (Milwaukee Animal Control). MPA focuses on those animals there that may be passed over by other groups, with no other option for live outcomes, truly defining “life-saving”.
Be a part of it! Click on the “get involved” tab at the top of this page, then click on “become a foster” to find our foster application. Print it out, fill it in, then return by one of the means indicated on the top of the application (the application is not fillable – it must be printed out to be completed).
Don’t delay – beautiful feline lives are waiting for you to save them! We can’t wait to hear from you - Meow!