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Happy Tails | Bella

Every single animal that comes through our shelter has a story. Some are complex, many are sad, but all of them get better the minute they arrive at the Virginia Beach SPCA. Bella came to the VBSPCA in July 2020 through our transfer partners in St. Charles Parrish, Louisiana. When they found her, she was missing a paw and heartworm positive. She needed serious medical care before she could find a home.

Once Bella arrived at the VBSPCA, our veterinarians determined that she would need to have her back, right leg amputated. After recovering from her heartworm treatment and leg surgery in a foster home, Bella found her forever home with Tricia in December 2020. We recently checked in with Tricia to see how Bella is doing now.  

How did you find Bella and/or how did you know Bella was the one for you?

I found Bella on the VBSPCA website. I read the description and had to meet her. I wasn’t really planning on adopting another dog but something told me that she was going to be hard to resist, and I was right.

How is Bella doing in the home?

Bella is doing awesome in the home, fitting in well with the routine and her two dog sisters, Peanut and Penny. Penny is also a shelter dog from the Elizabeth City SPCA. They are both younger than Bella, but she has equal – if not more – energy and enthusiasm.

What sort of activities do you and Bella do together?

Bella enjoys running outside in the backyard, digging for grubs, chasing her sisters, and has also learned that naps are great! She enjoys eating whipped cream from the can and knows when someone is in the kitchen she’s bound to get a treat.

Does Bella have any funny quirks or do you have any funny stories to share from your time together?

Bella does not like to get in her kennel for bedtime. She will run on the couch and curl up into a ball, it’s the cutest thing.

Why do you think people should consider adopting a pet from a shelter?

I think all people should seriously think about adopting a shelter dog. They can bring so much joy, companionship, and entertainment. I’m always laughing at my crazy rescue dogs. I whisper in their ears how much I love them and how good they are. I can’t imagine what I would be doing without these pups.

What would you tell someone who is considering adopting an animal with special needs?

I would encourage anyone who may be looking to adopt a dog with special needs to go for it. It’s such a blessing and you will feel great with all the love that dog will give back to you. I look into Bella’s eyes and I see how grateful she is. She gives me lots of kisses daily to thank me for giving a three-legged dog a chance; a chance to prove that she’s just as awesome as any four-legged dog.