Family ReunitedFebruary 10, 2010

Woburn, February 10, 2010 – Tuesday was a particularly happy day at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital because the little Lhasa Apso injured stray brought in ten days ago by Kevin Alkin, Animal Control Officer for Malden, was reunited with his family. The happiness and relief of the owners, the staff of Mass Vet and little “Fuzzy” himself was palpable. “[His] sweet little sad face absolutely came to life when he saw his mom again for the first time. Both Fuzzy and his ‘mom’ were crying tears of joy to be back together,” said Luanne Barry, Hospital Manager for Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital in Woburn.

Fuzzy was brought in with injuries suggesting he had been hit by a car on February 1st. Dr. Lisa Corti, DVM, DACVS, CCRP performed pelvic surgery on this two year old, beige, 18lb sweetheart of a dog. Following surgery, Fuzzy was physically doing well, but remained depressed. Doctors Sarah Allen, DACVECC, Casey Ray and Farah Monibi all provided medical care and attention. Charlie Evans, MPT, CCRP provided physical therapy and rehabilitation, and client care coordinator Elizabeth Judd made Fuzzy’s emotional well being a big part of her day, while we all waited. Many of the veterinary technicians visited with Fuzzy every day to try to provide the love he needed while he was separated from his family.

It was clear that this dog was someone’s pet. What was also clear was that Fuzzy desperately missed his family. Day ten is an important day for stray dogs and cats as it is the point at which, if unclaimed, they become available for adoption by other families. The team at Mass Vet, and Officer Alkin, were concerned about placing our little friend and then the best possible outcome – he found his family.

The Mass Vet team was so relieved and overjoyed when we received the call from his owners. Their reunion was indescribable! Fuzzy is home with his sister Nala, a German Shepherd Mix who was missing her ‘brother’ so much that she had been unable to eat while he was missing.

Special thanks go to Malden Animal Control Officer Kevin Alkin, and his untiring concern and care for the animals he finds broken and abandoned. Mass Vet works closely with animal control in many of the surrounding communities and Office Alkin is in close contact with the hospital anytime we are treating a patient that he brings in for care. Without his commitment this story could never have ended so happily.

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