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May 2021 – Loretta

Loretta came from a shelter in Texas. SAFE Now Animal Rescue saved Loretta from that shelter in February 2020. On the way up to Illinois, they stopped in Oklahoma where Loretta had 8 puppies in the hotel bathroom (she originally had 11, but 3 didn’t make it). Once the puppies were adopted, Loretta was spayed, and then the rescue noticed that she was limping on her left rear leg. Sure enough, she tore the cranial cruciate ligament. With the foster owner being close friends with Dr. Dave and Amber Ihrke, Loretta was brought to Colonial Manor Animal Hospital on May 20, 2020, for a TPLO on her L stifle.

I met her on May 21, 2020 when she was staying in the clinic after her surgery. She was being fostered at the time, and because I fell in love with her the first second I saw her, I knew I wanted to try to adopt her. I had been looking to adopt a dog for almost a year at that point, but never found a dog that would be a good fit for the household, until Loretta. Working for IPC, I knew I was a good owner for her because I knew exactly how to care for her post-op as well as later in her life if her mobility was affected from arthritis, and I knew she would be a good fit for my family because of how sweet she is. Dr. Dave at CMAH talked to the foster owner and the rescue owner about a me being interested in adopting her when they came to pick her up on May 22, 2020. I then adopted Loretta on May 27, 2020.

Since being adopted and completing her treatment plan, Loretta is back to completely normal mobility, loves to runIMG_2441 around the yard, watch all the squirrels, clean up any and all food-related messes on the floor, and her favorite thing to do is cuddle as close to you as possible getting as much love as she can! With the resources at IPC and the ability to bring her and work on her every day, Loretta was able to recover quickly and smoothly, and now she loves coming to work with me and saying hi to all of her friends to get as much attention as possible from everyone.


Loretta is a wonderful patient! She never complains about anything, she recovered perfectly from her TPLO, and she loves to see us! She is the friendliest, happiest dog. It is always a joy to see her walking around the clinic and to see how well she is doing with her mobility and health. We love having her around!

Dr. Dave, Colonial Manor Animal Hospital


Loretta came to us from SafeNow rescue after cranial cruciate repair. She immediately won the hearts of the entire IPC team, especially Michelle, who was her primary therapist. Michelle worked with Loretta nearly every session and she had profound improvement in her weight-bearing and mobility after surgery.  In the end, Michelle decided to adopt Loretta and give her a forever home…a very happy ending.

Dr. Amber Ihrke, Loretta’s IPC veterinarian


What can I say about Loretta? I love her!!!! She is always so excited to be here and work with us. After recovering from her TPLO surgery, she has been a great demo dog for teaching new technicians and interns about rehab or to practicing restraint techniques. She is very happy to do anything for food and attention and is especially good at cleaning up all the crumbs of treats on the floor at the end of the day. She is like a celebrity when she walks into the building! We all look forward to seeing her!

Katie, Loretta’s IPC Therapist

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an organization to share that is close to their heart. This month Loretta’s family has selected SAFE Now Animal Rescue, who rescued Loretta!

We’re an Animal Rescue & Foster group that is dedicated to Saving Animals From Euthanasia Now. We are an all volunteer animal rescue and adoption organization based in Manhattan, Il. We are dedicated to providing humane care and shelter for abandoned, abused, and unwanted animals. We get dogs with no options and help them find their own family. Some of the dogs come from shelters, others are from owners who have found themselves unable to care for a loved pet. Unfortunately, there are so many animals that need help that we have almost always been operating at capacity. Our hope is to grow and save more dogs. Finding the animals suitable new homes and increasing public awareness of the responsibilities of pet ownership are our main goals.