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Honeysuckle's Road to Recovery

Honeysuckle’s story begins on a cold January morning, abandoned in a frozen field with four broken legs and a fractured jaw. The odds were against this little girl. Many counted her out. In the past, she may well have been euthanized; but with Cincinnati Animal CARE and the community on her side, Honeysuckle beat the odds.

When Cincinnati Animal CARE took over the Hamilton County animal shelter in August 2020, we promised to do things differently. And with your help, we have.

Honeysuckle’s journey is not unlike so many others entering the shelter each year. From start to finish, she received individualized, lifesaving care from every department within our organization along with an outpouring of support from the community…

Responding to calls from the community of a stray unable to walk, our Hamilton County Dog Wardens jumped into action, rescuing Honeysuckle and bringing her into our care for immediate medical assessment.

Honeysuckle’s injuries were extensive. Her recovery would take several months and require multiple surgeries and intensive physical therapy; but our medical team, veterinary partners, and animal care staff were committed to giving Honeysuckle a second chance.

While she recovered, a foster family generously opened their home to Honeysuckle offering a warm, loving place to recuperate. Fosters like them and so many others provide the love and support of a home environment until an adopter can be found and significantly expand our capabilities to help more animals in need.

Honeysuckle’s needs were more than physical, though. To overcome her trauma, she received individualized support developed by our Behavior & Training team to address her unique challenges.

Honeysuckle’s story was featured on local newscasts and gained national attention with help from our social media followers, eventually connecting her with her adoptive family nearly 200 miles away. Under their loving care, Honeysuckle (now Cecily) finally found the home she always deserved.

“Sheltering a Different Way” is the commitment of Cincinnati Animal CARE to the animals and people of Hamilton County. But being a no-kill, lifesaving resource center also takes the active support of our entire community. We can’t do it without you.

Lifesaving is a community ethic, and we know our community is passionate and ready to help. What can you do to ensure that every animal in the county is treated as an individual and given the best chance at a live outcome?

  • To keep one dog per kennel for their safety and ours, open your home to foster an animal in need. It costs you nothing and truly saves lives.
  • To keep our animals happy and thriving, volunteer to assist with cleaning, feeding, walking dogs, and socializing cats.
  • To give our animals emergency and ongoing medical care, make a financial contribution.
  • To spread the word about the work we as a community are doing to help and rehome animals, follow and share our social media (@CincyAnimalCARE).

Honeysuckle is just one of the over 7,000 stray, surrendered, and neglected companion animals passing through the shelter’s doors each year. Together, we can ensure every animal is treated with dignity; receives individualized, lifesaving care; and given the best chance at a live outcome.

This year we ask that you share this message and our cause with your family, friends, and coworkers; and, if within your and their means, to donate. As Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s only open intake shelter, every dollar you give goes directly to the care and feeding of the homeless, sick, and injured animals in our community.

Thank you for making Cincinnati and Hamilton County a safe place for animals.

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