Here's the story about one of our fosters who had almost died, due to devocalization! –Kim
Abandoned in an Empty House, Unable to Bark for Help
If Jaxon were alone, he wouldn't have been discovered in time to save his life: That's because he was devocalized.
But with her vocal cords intact, Foxie could bark loudly enough to be heard, and the dogs were discovered. The rest is what happy endings are made of.
A dog rescue group called Bald is Beautiful pulled Jaxon and Foxie from the county pound, and a kind couple – veteran rescuers and dog bloggers (TopDogBlog!) – fostered them. Another couple drove from Maryland to Chicago to adopt Jaxon, Foxie and a third dog, Maddie.
Becky waters Jaxon's food to ease swallowing so he won't die the terrifying way other devocalized animals have, choking on food.
And she monitors his play, because though he loves to do "zoomies" in the yard with Maddie, Jaxon becomes winded after a few minutes as a result of devocalization.
He coughs after drinking water and intermittently throughout the day and night, sometimes so badly, his family worries he won't be able to catch his breath.
Becky says, "No animal should ever be devocalized. It's especially odd to us that Jaxon was, because he barks only when one of our cats is near him. He doesn't even try in doggy park."
But that didn't keep someone from having his vocal cords cut.
Source: United Against Devocalization / Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets
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