We recently received an update on a special ABF kid. Skippy was brought into the Kansas City animal shelter with numerous breaks in his left rear leg. Unfortunately, the leg could not be saved, so it was amputated. When ABF volunteers saw Skippy, their hearts melted, and Skippy became an ABF rescue.

We recently received an update on a special ABF kid. Skippy was brought into the Kansas City animal shelter with numerous breaks in his left rear leg. Unfortunately, the leg could not be saved, so it was amputated. When ABF volunteers saw Skippy, their hearts melted, and Skippy became an ABF rescue.

Skippy went into a foster home for a while to convalesce before coming to the ABF facility. Skippy went to numerous ABF events and met lots of people. He enjoyed his walks and his playtime with his ABF brothers and sisters while he waited patiently for his forever home. Then his break came, and he was adopted by a wonderful family. We recently received the following from his new Mom and wanted to share it with you.

“Skippy came into our lives on Dec. 30, 2011. Before Thanksgiving, our 17-year-old Beagle had passed away. Our 7-year-old min-pin/pug mix was missing someone to push around. We hadn’t planned on getting another dog so soon, but we saw Skippy on Petfinders website and we were taken in by his smile. The fact that he has 3 legs did not enter into our decision at all.

“Our understanding is that Skippy was brought to Animals Best Friends over two years ago from a high kill shelter. We do not know how he lost his leg because the original shelter had found Skippy as a stray. His lack of a 4th leg was putting people off. He had never been to someone’s home for a trial visit.

“Skippy came to our home knowing how to walk on a leash and knowing the commands sit, down, and no. When we put the leash on him, we tell him to “hold still,” and he freezes! I don’t know how ABF does it, but Skippy is well mannered and smart for being at a shelter for so long. He is the happiest dog I’ve ever been in contact with. He smiles and “talks” to us without saying a word (think the ultimate dog teaser video on YouTube). He loves to play with toys and gets our 7-year-old dog, Lucy, playing too.  Skippy is also the fastest dog I’ve ever seen. If he had 4 legs, he’d be a blur.

“Skippy won our hearts overnight. He wants to please us and be with us every moment. He takes every opportunity to jump on our laps. Thank you to the volunteers at ABF for keeping Skippy for us until we were able to take him in.”

The Young Family

Animals Best Friends wish list includes: Purina Dog, Puppy, Cat and Kitten chow, dog and cat treats and chews, cow hooves or rawhides, canned dog and cat food, stuffed (no beads) and Kong toys, laundry detergent, bleach, Fantastic spray, Dawn dish liquid, paper towels, newspapers, 39 gallon trash bags, blankets, sheets, cat litter. There is a paper recycling bin in the parking lot at ABF Headquarters, 2302 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. Please, no cardboard or telephone books. We appreciate your support.

If you would like to adopt an Independence Animal Shelter pet, visit the shelter at 875 Vista Drive or call 816-325–7207. If you have an animal control problem, call 816-325-7205.