August 16, 2022  |  Happy Tail


An act of kindness can save a life.

Roxy (then Dreamy) was found limping on the street in Baltimore City on a cold spring evening. While she seemed to be lactating, puppies were nowhere to be found. Her finder tried to find the puppies but knew Roxy needed medical attention and brought her to the MD SPCA.

The admissions team immediately noticed that Roxy was a very sweet girl. She gave them kisses and had a whole-body wag. Even though she must’ve been in distress.

The MD SPCA medical team observed that she was not only limping, but was emaciated. She couldn’t bear weight on her swollen leg. They gave her pain and anxiety medication and x-rayed her leg. Due to the severity of the break, Roxy would need an amputation.

A member of our medical team fostered Roxy, keeping her comfortable until surgery. After her procedure, Roxy returned to foster to recover and get used to life as a tripod.

Due to separation anxiety, Roxy came to the shelter on a daily basis, spending time with our admissions team. “I would sit on the floor next to Roxy,” a staff member recalled, “and she would just let me pet and love on her. She is such an amazing dog.”

Roxy adapted to life on three legs by copying her foster brother—another tripod pup! A month after arriving at the MD SPCA, Roxy found her forever home.

Her adopter said: “Roxy is the third dog we have adopted in the past three years from SPCA thanks to Erica Mininsky, who is the ultimate doggie matchmaker… [Roxy’s] perfect for our imperfect family.”

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