|Rue’s story began in a high-kill shelter located in South Carolina, where she lived from September through December of 2012. Rue spent most of her days in a crate and was placed on the PTS (Put to Sleep) list three times. Before anything happened, Rue was removed and transported to a rescue facility in New York. Stephanie met Rue for the first time soon after she arrived there, and her fate, you might say, was sealed. Though Rue could barely walk and her original intake paperwork indicated she had a “lame front right leg,” Stephanie couldn't bare to leave her at the shelter, and adopted Rue into her family.|
Following Rue’s spay procedure, Stephanie ordered x-rays on her “lame” leg. Rue was then diagnosed with "severe chronic arthritis." Stephanie couldn’t believe that Rue was under two years old and already had arthritis, but she felt hopeful with the support of Rue’s “amazing” veterinarians and technicians.
After two years of daily anti-inflammatory and pain medication, injections, laser therapies, and supplements, Rue injured her leg while playing with her sister, Sookie. This injury made it clear that amputation would be the best thing for Rue’s long-term health. Exactly two years from the day Stephanie picked up her “big ol’ pitty,” Rue’s front right leg was removed.