SPCA New Zealand
Hessie

Hessie

Rescued and rehabilitated after being chained up and left to starve.

Hessie was rescued by an SPCA inspector from a life of misery. She was found chained in her previous owners' backyard. Hessie was skin and bones, had sores on herbody, and was suffering from mange.

“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.

Christmas Miracle

Hessiethen 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.”

Adopted by her foster dad

When Stefan, Carla’s foster dad, first brought her home, she wouldn’t get out of the car. “I had to pick her up and carry her into the garage,” says Stefan.“Then she wouldn’t go out into the garden – she would just hide in the corner. Everything was new to her – she had never seen a child, a car, water, or toys in her life.” Stefan and his family took things slowly with Carla, introducing her to as many things as possible. Two weeks is all it took for them to fall in love with her and decide to make her an official member of their family. Carla finally started to have the life she should have had from the beginning. “Now Carla’s days start early with a walk with me before I go to work,” says Stefan. “She has bonded very well with me and we’re all certain she sees me as ‘her human’. She’s a big softie, and seven months on she is a lot more laid back.”

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.

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