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You Gave This Sick Dog The Chance To Become The Powerful Spirit He Was Meant To Be

Written by: Kelli Brinegar
For more than five years, Kelli Brinegar has been using her ability to write and her passion for research to tell the tale of what cats are thinking and why. She has provided care to more than 30 cats in her lifetime.Read more
| Published on July 3, 2023

In a bevy of languages, the name ‘Kai’ speaks of a powerful being destined for greatness. And when the animal lovers of 9 Lives Rescue Oklahoma in Hinton, OK, first saw a sick, thin Shepherd mix who’d spent months in the pound, they saw the spark in his handsome face and knew this name belonged to him. But things weren’t looking good for Kai as he would soon be at risk for euthanasia, a fate so many unwanted animals face.

9 Lives was already full of cats and dogs in need, but they couldn’t turn away from Kai. And shelter staff were so excited to find a new life for Kai, they met 9 Lives staff halfway to help send the good boy on his way to happiness. But Kai’s chance to live up to the weight of his strong name couldn’t have happened without you, dog lover.

Photo: 9 Lives Rescue OK

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And Kai was sure happy about all that good food because when he arrived at 9 Lives Oklahoma, he carried “a large parasite load” that had left him sickly and underweight. But rescue magic soon worked its charms on this good boy.

“Kai has now gained weight, his coat is beautiful and he’s a very happy boy. He is currently undergoing training to assist an individual with several autoimmune conditions with tasks that make their life easier.”

Kai is living up to his name as a strong spirit, and as 9 Lives said, “Without Greater Good, none of this would be possible.”

“The amazing food donations we have received through the GOODS program have been instrumental in his health and well being. Along with the health and happiness of so many other animals in our rescue.”

Photo: 9 Lives Rescue OK

“The ability to be able to provide nutritious food and treats to our rescue pets is amazing! These donations allow us to be able to provide much needed medical help to those most in need!”

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But remember…the happy ending that found Kai and so many other dogs and cats couldn’t have happened without you. So, feel good knowing that cart full of cute stuff from is helping dogs like Kai live happily ever after!

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