Friends of Upland Animal Shelter

Our Medical Fund Mascot Finds a Home

26 Oct 2016 5:30 PM | Anonymous


With love and patience, nothing is impossible
. Daisako Ikeda

Our beloved Maya came to the shelter as a stray in March 2015.   We suspected she had been used as a "breeder" for a puppy mill and we were happy that she could find some relative rest and comfort at the shelter.

Everyone who cared for Maya quickly realized how special she was and she immediately become a “fan favorite” among all the staff and volunteers.  We were disappointed when she had two false starts of being adopted and returned to the shelter through no fault of her own.  We never gave up hope, but no one could have imagined how long she would end up waiting for her forever home.

As can happen, Maya came to the shelter with an undiagnosed and untreated skin condition.  She was itchy, but otherwise enjoyed her walks and play time.   When Banfield Pet Hospital opened another location in Upland at 823 W. Foothill Boulevard in July 2016, they graciously offered free medical exams for over twenty-five of our shelter animals.  Maya was one of them.  Even the veterinarians and staff fell in love with her in the short time they had her at the hospital.


The good news was, after some testing, the veterinary staff diagnosed Maya’s skin condition.  The bad news was the medicine she needed was expensive.   Never to be daunted, we started the Medical Fund to help pay for “as-needed” medical care for Maya and our other animals.  And what better choice than Maya to be our first Medical Fund mascot? 


Shortly after she started her treatment, one of our volunteers said, “I saw Maya out for a walk this morning and have never seen her so happy and acting so young.”  So, Maya had a better summer, but she was still waiting for her forever home.

Flash forward to October when Chelsea saw a posting about Maya on Facebook from I Pitty the Bull’s John Flores.  Chelsea quickly came from her home in Orange County to meet Maya and came back the next day with her two Chihuahua's to see how they would all get along.  Our Lead Volunteers helped facilitate the “meet and greet” and everything went well.  Maya was going home!

Since then, Maya has been enjoying a happy new life with her forever family.  Chelsea has been sending us regular updates and we are enjoying seeing all the photos.

Chelsea also reports that she has been making organic turkey, lentils, quinoa, veggies, and vitamins for Maya’s meals and turkey meat balls and salmon for her snacks to help her get healthy and off all her medications.  Thank you for your dedication Chelsea!

After Maya's days as a breeding female and her extended stay at the shelter, we couldn’t be happier for Maya and her new family.  As Chelsea said, “She is a spoiled and happy girl!!”

Friends believes in the dignity of every life,

and that every adoptable animal should receive the care and patience

 that is necessary to find a loving home.

Friends of Upland Animal Shelter


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