Tails of Triumph: April & Waffles – American Humane


Trying again at 2023, I can’t assist however mirror with gratitude on the unbelievable and fulfilling journey I’ve had this yr. From deploying to avoid wasting animals within the aftermath of devastating pure disasters to facilitating heartwarming reunifications of Navy Working Canines, this yr has been stuffed with challenges, triumphs, and unforgettable moments – particularly one particularly for me.

Final yr, I had the glory of deploying with our rescue staff to Georgia, the place a collection of devastating tornadoes left numerous animals displaced. Among the many 151 animals we aided, one particular canine, Waffles, turned my world in a beautiful, sudden course. 

Waffles, a survivor of neglect and harm, wanted rapid specialised look after a severely fractured leg. I stayed proper by his facet all through his therapy, which sadly resulted within the amputation of his left rear leg. However Waffles’ spirit remained resilient, and we shaped an unbreakable bond throughout his restoration. At present, Waffles is a beloved member of my household in Cincinnati, dwelling his greatest life regardless of his challenges – presently caught within the act of playfully ‘un-decorating’ our Christmas tree, one decoration at a time!

Not solely was I in a position to be part of Waffles’ journey and assist different animals throughout that fateful rescue deployment, however I used to be additionally in a position to assist facilitate the life-changing reunions of MWDs Mex, John, and Joly with their endlessly households this previous yr. Seeing the enjoyment between these canines and their family members is one thing I’ll always remember.

The chance I needed to give these animals a brand new starting has bolstered my perception within the energy of kindness and the affect of our work at American Humane. Every mission, every rescue, and every life we contact is a testomony to the compassion and help of individuals such as you.

Waffles, now peacefully loud night breathing after his morning antics, is a dwelling reminder of the affect of the generosity of supporters such as you.

Type regards and paws,

April Smith
Animal Care Professional, American Humane