Her tireless dedication to help animals doesn’t stop when she leaves the rescue as she opens her home and arms to the more medically intense dogs.
These dogs need someone by their side until the dog is medically well enough to be adopted.
“I hand-select every dog that comes into the rescue,” Crotty said. “Any of the high medical dogs come and live with me and I see them through the medical phase.”
Organizing events is another aspect of the rescue that comes into play. Fundraising takes place a throughout the year for Wags 2 Wishes to raise awareness of the rescue and the pets needing homes.
“These events bring in funding that allows us to keep our rescue doors open and to build up our veterinary funds because our rescue takes in intense medical cases,” Crotty said.
One of these intense medical cases that Crotty dedicates her time to is a small 6-month-old Tibetan mastiff named Chaos (pictured above) that came to the rescue on May 12 with pituitary dwarfism.
This is a disorder in which is a growth hormone deficiency occurs due to the pituitary gland producing a lack of the growth hormone.
Crotty spends chunks of her time taking him (along with other animals within the rescue) to vet appointments near and far for checks and testing to make sure they are all well.
Chaos must see a vet down at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“I can’t imagine not doing what I do and what my team does,” Crotty said.
She also does a decent portion of her rescue work with her family, who share the similar passion and work alongside her for the same goals.
Her grandkids also go along to the rescue with her frequently as she is raising them. Her son even adopted a dog from the rescue himself, she said.
“They’re part of every day,” Crotty said. “It’s definitely a family thing that we all participate in.”
Crotty speaks through the rescue to educate the public about the importance of spaying/neutering, being responsible pet owners, proper pet ownership and tools such as training.
Big issues that result in pet owners dropping animals off at high-kill shelters consist of not caring for the animal, setting them free, or simply not being committed, she said.
Shelters then run into the issue of lack of space which results in over-crowding of animals waiting for their second-home.
“It’s becoming a huge problem,” Crotty said. “It’s definitely something that we can stop if we educate the public.”