CUMRU TWP., Pa. - According to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Honey is a sweet dog, despite the extent if suffering she's experienced.
Honey is one of thousands of animals taken in by the ARL this year. She was found over the summer in Amity Township, emaciated and toothless with severe mange and skin allergies. The ARL said buzzards were swooping down to peck on the dog as its rescuers moved in.
"We fear what would have happened to Honey had we not arrived when we did," the ARL said in an email to its supporters on Tuesday. "Even if we arrived an hour later, her outcome may have been very different than it is today."
Honey was treated with medicated baths to stop her endless itching and provided with antibiotics to clear her Lyme disease, skin infections and goopy eyes, officials said. She's also gained back more than 40% of her weight, thanks to a special diet.
Honey has since left the shelter in Cumru Township, but she continues to receive round-the-clock care, love and comfort in a medical foster home until she's fully healed and ready for her forever home.
In the meantime, Honey is representing all of the other ARL's rescued animals as the face of the shelter's "Giving Tuesday" fundraising campaign.
"Your support pays for her veterinarian exams, her medicines and her special foods," the ARL said in its email. "You saved Honey, and you have had a hand in saving each and every of the nearly 5,000 animals who walked into our doors this past year."
The ARL said many of the "Giving Tuesday" donations being submitted through its Facebook campaign are being matched.