SPCA New Zealand

Hessie's journey to a life of love

01 August 2019
Hessie's journey to a life of love

Hessie's early life was one of misery and neglect, having been chained up in her previous owner's backyard and left to starve. After being rescued by SPCA, her road to rehabilitation began.

Hessie was rescued by an SPCA inspector when she was just skin and bones. She had sores on her body and was suffering from mange after being abandoned by her previous owner. “When Hessie arrived at the centre, she wasunsocialised, and had no idea how to trust people,” says SPCA Waikato’s Centre Manager, Laura Vander Kley. “Hessie couldn’t believe she wasgetting fed four times a day. Her food was just gobbled up in seconds.”

The canine team at SPCA worked round-the-clock to give Hessie the care she needed to help gain weight and learn to trust people again. Her coat was in bad condition, andneeded lots of attention to grow healthy again.

All Hessie had ever known was a life of neglect, so SPCA teams were determined to help her recover, mentally and physically from her trauma.

Hessie had been abandoned by her owner and was just skin and bones when she was rescued by SPCA.
Hessie had been abandoned by her owner and was just skin and bones when she was rescued by SPCA.

A Christmas miracle

Hessie then went to spend time with a foster family and quickly learnt how to become part of the family. "It always amazes me how quickly dogs forgive the mistakes made by humans.” says Laura. “Despite having no love for their entire life, they have so much love to give.”

Hessie’s foster family decided to take her on a holiday with them to their bach in Raglan. They took her out kayaking, on road trips, out for coffee at cafes and ultimately taught her what it was like to be truly a part of a family.

Hessie was eventually ready for adoption in December 2018 after months of recovering. Hessie’s new family spotted her on SPCA’s website, and decided to drive four hours from Napier and stay the weekend at Raglan to meet Hessie and learn more about her. “It was love at first sight, and the new family didn’t want to leave Hessie while they made the adoption official. So I drove to Raglan from Hamilton that weekend to finalise the adoption on site for them,” says Laura. “It was lovely to see Hessie with her new forever family.”

Hessie on holiday with her foster family.
Hessie on holiday with her foster family.

A life of love

Hessie went from chained to cherished and is now living the life she deserves. She constantly wants to play and loves to head out on little adventures with her new adoptive parents. It was a rough start to life for Hessie, but now she has love and affection on tap and her training is coming along nicely.

“We are so happy with this happy ending – Hessie couldn't be more deserving after such a rough start to life and now she has the best life any animal could ask for.” says Laura.

Hessie today with her new family.
Hessie today with her new family.
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