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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

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 save lots of 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 specifically for me.

Final yr, I had the respect of deploying with our rescue crew 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 an exquisite, surprising route. 

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

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

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


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


Sort regards and paws,

April Smith
Animal Care Skilled, American Humane



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