Mell’s Mutts: Sue

Jul 31, 2021 | 2021 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures

by Elayne Gonzalez

Elayne Gonzalez is the founder of Mell’s Mutts, an animal rescue in Fresno, CA. They will be sharing their animal rescue stories with us each month.

This is Sue, and this is her story as told by our founder Mell…

One Friday afternoon I decided to go into our local city animal control shelter. I was there taking pictures of a couple of dogs that needed rescue. I finished up and was walking towards my car when something in my heart pulled me in a different direction. I found myself knocking on the door of the rescue coordinator’s office. I peaked in and asked if there were any urgent doggies that needed help. She wasn’t immediately sure, so offered to take me to the back to take a look.


After going through two old squeaky doors and a small hallway I saw her; there all tucked in the back corner of the upper right silver stand up kennel was this six pound tan little doggy. Her eyes barely looked up and appeared to have already given up to defeat. “What’s up with this one?” I asked. I was then told she could not use her back legs and was about to be humanely euthanized. It took about thirty seconds to process what I had been told and then I heard myself say, “Can I have her?”

See, I wasn’t sure I could actually help her, but I knew she was minutes away from dying and I didn’t want her to die alone. If her injuries were too severe to repair at least I could hug her and wrap her in a blanket as she left this world.

As we were getting the paperwork ready, I called our vet and within twenty minutes, I was sitting in the room explaining everything to Dr. J.

We decided to take x-rays, and if it appeared to be something that could be “fixed,” we would try, but if not, we would allow her to go peacefully. As they took her back, I called one of our amazing foster moms who immediately said “Do not let her go! We will do this! Bring her to me!”.

Dr. J returned into the room and explained she has basically a squished disc and gave us hope! Six weeks crate rest, meds, and lots of love and there is a good possibility she will walk again.”

Sue has been with Mell’s Mutts for only a couple of weeks and already she has made huge improvements! Her foster mom says she is the sweetest little girl and is very thankful to be alive, and we, too, are so very thankful she is alive!

Now, we truly know we can not save every single doggy and sometimes even with medical care and love things don’t turn out the way we hope, but, for Sue this is not the case. We are so incredibly grateful our founder decided to ask if we could have her, so grateful we have an awesome foster family that helps so many of our medical doggies, and so grateful for the donations that allow us to help.

Once Sue is medically cleared, she will be available for adoption.

Please follow our Facebook and/or Instagram page for more updates on Sue. You can also email us at mellsmutts@yahoo[dot]com.


Check out more animal rescue stories in our Pet Perspective section here in KRL and on our sister website KRL News & Reviews. Advertise in KRL and 10% of your advertising fees can go to to Mell’s Mutts.

1 Comment

  1. Oh, that is such a great story, a happy ending. Sue looks like such a sweetie, I’m overjoyed that things worked out and I’m so glad there are people in this world who actually care. Thank you for sharing.


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