Run free, Miranda!
I photographed Miranda in March 2016. She had been at the Warwick Valley Humane Society FB Page for a while. Miranda was 9 years old. She had been found in October 2014 on the Appalachian Trail. She was emaciated, sick and very scared with wounds and old scarring. Her teeth were worn down and she only had rocks, sticks & berries in her belly. After clearing up her health issues she went to a foster home and thrived with the attention and care she got, but unfortunately, her foster could not longer foster her and she came back to the shelter. After I photographed her, and thanks to a post by Susie’s Senior Dogs, Miranda was finally getting adoption interest! Unfortunately, that’s when she was first diagnosed with cancer (tumor on her leg). The shelter decided to hold off on adoption until they had her issues under control. It was removed and she was now cancer-free! But also adopter-free… I posted her again, I pleaded. But nothing happened. Miranda waited. Sure, she was loved tremendously by the shelter people, but it’s not like having your own family to spend your mornings, and days, and evenings with. Earlier this month, Miranda’s cancer returned. And within days of that diagnosis, her health crashed abruptly – pale, extremely lethargic, unable to keep any food down. She was suffering and there was nothing the shelter could do to help her other than make a very difficult decision. Miranda was humanely euthanized last week, surrounded by the people at the shelter who loved her so much. My heart is very heavy today, for her and for all the people she touched. Run free, Miranda!