Success Stories



Tiny Oscar Rescued From Highway Traffic

Three-month-old Oscar was thrown out like trash onto Hwy 6 one February morning. A woman driving witnessed him being thrown out and thought he was trash bouncing down the road. She saw him dart under her car and out of fear for his life, stopped to pull over and see if she could catch him.

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The two-and-a-half pound Chihuahua had been so terrorized by oncoming traffic that he bolted under the woman’s car and attempted to snip at her. At last, the woman was able to coerce poor Oscar into a box, cover him with a jacket and bring him to Fuzzy Friends Rescue. Even after arriving at the rescue the woman was too afraid to get him out of the box herself.
The staff was able to coax him out as he was still trying to bite and viciously attack them. Oscar was so shaken up that even at his small size; no one was able to get near enough to touch him without him going crazy. We all believed Oscar to be the first charcoal grey Chihuahua we had ever seen, but his coloring was due to him being so filthy. After a bath he returned to his natural color, a light brownish tan.

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Over the next month, Oscar finally realized that we were here to help him, contrary to his previous traumatic experience, and was able to calm down and let his true personality shine through. Oscar was adopted by a woman from Dallas, and he now lives with a Great Dane who is his best friend.

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Gidget’s Ruff Start

Gidget, a small poodle was owner surrendered to the Humane Society of Central Texas in appalling condition. Not only did Gidget’s filthy and severely matted hair prove years of neglect, but serious trauma to her eye had caused her eyeball to hang out. To make matters worse, she was awaiting certain death by euthanization because of the injury within the next few days.

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Fuzzy Friends Rescue pulled Gidget from the shelter, brought her in and after surgery to remove the eye she was as good as new. The rest of the story is history considering her amazingly short stay with us.

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A woman came in to find out more about our organization, with no purpose of adopting another dog. Her husband was at his limit on pets and really had no interest in one more either. We had a feeling Gidget would be her perfect companion and thought it was worth a shot to see. It indeed was love at first sight and she went home with the woman and her husband the same day.

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What makes the story even better is that the woman’s husband was a firm believer in “outside dogs only” before Gidget. Well, that way of thinking was thrown out the window after her arrival. She is now a beloved member of their family and is spoiled rotten.


Richland’s Tall Tale

One afternoon Richland, a small Shih Tzu, was dumped at the Richland Mall and was spotted weaving in and out of traffic, and dodging between cars in the parking lot. After much worry from bystanders and a group effort capture plan, he was finally caught and taken to the emergency vet for an exam.

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Richland’s fur was so matted that it was almost impossible to even tell what breed of dog he was at the time. Due to lack of grooming his fur was almost peeling his skin off and his right eye was severely infected. Richland was shaved down to his irritated and raw skin, and it was determined that his ulcerated eye needed to be removed. A total of $500 was raised to fund his surgery and recovery.

Some tender loving care is all it took to bring Richland out of his shell and into our hearts. He was adopted shortly thereafter and has been loving life ever since with his new mom!

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Champ’s Story

How Champ Found Us: His Road to Recovery

Champ (2)One Monday morning we arrived at work to a startling sight – young Champ at our doorstep. We had seen him roaming Airport Road for some time, but he would never let anyone get close enough to catch him. During his time wandering he had become badly injured, likely from a run-in with a car, and was unable to use one of his back legs. He had tried very hard to make it on his own, but finally found it impossible to survive without help.

Champ X-rayWe cleaned him up, filled his growling tummy and took him to the vet so they could take a look at his leg. After examination it was confirmed that his leg was broken in two places, and one of the breaks was an old break that wouldn’t ever fit back together. His leg would need to be amputated, and the surgery to get him back on his three feet would cost approximately $1,000.

Thanks to your generous donations we were able to fund the surgery for Champ, and throughout this process Champ has remained a gentle soul, happy to be in caring arms at last. He is expected to make a full recovery and is back at Fuzzy Friends Rescue. Lucky for him, he is one smart dog, and knew where he could get help! After a long time wandering, he “brought” himself to our rescue when he couldn’t make it on his own.

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Ricky’s story

Ricky’s Story:
A Homeless Hit-and-Run now Healed and Happy

Ricky (2)Early this summer, Ricky, a young retriever was dumped out in the country all alone to fend for himself. All that was left for him was a bag of dog food that he been thrown on the ground. He had been hit by a car and was found injured and struggling, but still happy to have human companionship.

Thankfully, a Good Samaritan brought him to Fuzzy Friends Rescue in hopes that we could help save this sweet boy’s life. Ricky was diagnosed with a broken femur that required surgery costing around $1,000 to heal his leg, and was treated at the Hewitt Veterinary Hospital. He has since been resting in a foster home so he can recover comfortably. Today, Ricky is doing great, and his leg is almost completely healed!

It’s through your donations that we are able to provide this type of medical care to dogs and cats like Ricky. He wants to thank everyone for donating to his care, and sends his love to everyone who has been following his story.

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