On Friday, Tracy, a volunteer with Second Chance Rescue NYC dogs, posted this story of love for her dog Shaya, who came into her life about a month ago, and was just diagnosed with an aggressive, invasive cancer. She shared her moving tale on Facebook; more than 18,000 people have read it and shared with others. It begins, “This is the story of Shaya….grab the tissues. We share this story this evening with all of you because we want the entire universe to know who she is. She Will not leave this earth unknown.”
“My name is Tracy. I am a proud part of the Second Chance Rescue volunteer team. I would like to tell you a story about a beautiful dog in my home who has stolen my heart as I comfort her until she parts with this world. Just over a month ago, a neighbor called to tell me that there was a big pit bull wandering around up and down my street looking like she recently had puppies. I grabbed a leash and ran out in my pajamas telling my husband I might be home with a dog, puppies, or both. ‘Ok honey’ as he rolled over.”
‘This big beautiful pittie was wagging her tail and happy to see me. We searched for puppies, but she didn’t lead me anywhere. I took her home… I had no idea what I was in for. She was sweet, loving, and so thankful in usual pittie style. We named her Shaya. Shaya was clearly overbred … Her front teeth were all ground down…I promised to help her as she smiled back at me. It took three weeks for her to stop growling at my dogs. She needed time to learn they were not going to hurt her. Now she loves my dogs and enjoys their company.’
A vet checkup revealed she was high heartworm positive, and Shaya began treatment. Two weeks later, Tracy noticed that a small lump underneath her jaw seemed to have increased in size. A needle biopsy revealed that it was cancer. This sweet girl, who had already gone through such hardship, now had to face another battle for her life. SCR got Shaya to an Oncologist in Brooklyn, New York, who determined that the cancer was not only in her jaw, but also possibly in her bone and spine. Tumors were also discovered in her mammary glands. Due to the high heartworm diagnosis, the chance that she would survive any surgery was very small.
Shaya wasn’t feeling very well, refusing to eat, struggling to walk. But she still wagged her tail when she saw her family. She knows how much she is loved.
“So now she lays on a bed in my home, I put a pillow under her head and give her pain medicine. I want to save her and feel helpless that I cannot and cry frequently. We save so many dogs every day, but we can’t save this one. She loves children and will struggle to get out of her dog bed just to greet my child. We spoil her, cook for her now because it’s all she wants. Fate brought her to me. She is loved and very content here. I have fostered to save dogs that were to be killed, have bottle fed puppies, who all survived and are adopted, and now I am a hospice foster. Each a unique and amazing experience. Yes, some break your heart, but it’s not about that; it’s about a selfless act of healing theirs. Please keep Shaya in your prayers that she has a painless transition over the bridge. I know when I pass over, she will be there waiting for me.”
“Shaya is an individual, she is unique. ..she is brave. She is owed and deserves. Please keep her and her new family in your prayers. Thank you, Tracy and family. And thank you, Shaya, for being you. God keep you safe little girl. It is a pleasure, an honor and a privilege to know your love…”
We hope you grabbed your tissues. All dogs deserve to be loved as much as Shaya, and given a chance to have a family who will cherish them when they are alive, and cherish their memories when they are gone. We hope her passing is an easy one, and know she will be surrounded by love when she goes. If you’d like to donate to Second Chance NYC Dogs Cancer Fund, you may do so by clicking here.