Dog rescued from Detroit River
February 4, 2016
The water was cold and Larkin was struggling to get grip of the rocks. He had fallen into the Detroit River and was desperate for a way out. Concerned citizens spotted something in the water and when they got closer, they saw Larkin and immediately called our Rescue Team.
We dropped everything and rushed to the side of the river to find that the staff from the local apartment complex had managed to pull Larkin up on the rocks lining the river. Our rescue team navigated the slippery terrain to meet him and slowly coaxed him along to an opening, bringing him to safety.
We immediately placed Larkin into our rescue van and turned the heat on high so he would quickly dry off and warm up.
When we arrived back to the shelter, Larkin was given a complete health check and vaccinations. We thought Larkin was safely in our care and out of the woods, but when we got his medical tests back, we discovered he was heartworm positive.
We so desperately wanted this boy's suffering to be over, but we knew he would have to immediately undergo the painful and stressful treatment needed to overcome heartworm. We gave him his first dose of treatment, monitoring his reaction closely, and after knowing he was responding well, decided this sweet boy was ready to find a home to recover in.
Larkin was adopted just a few days later and will now recover fully from heartworm while being loved on all day by his new family.