Maureen named the survivor Perry because she reminded her of the chorus of Katie Perry’s song, Roar: “I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire. 'Cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar. Louder, louder than a lion, 'Cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar!”
Despite some worrisome moments and her slowness to thrive, Perry proved what a little fighter she was as she continued to improve and grow in foster care. But then, suddenly, just when Perry seemed to finally be thriving and growing, Maureen noticed that her legs were crooked and she knew that something was seriously wrong.
MCASociety sent Perry to be examined by an outside vet where they discovered the puppy had rickets, a disorder caused by a lack of vitamin D, calcium, or phosphate that leads to softening and weakening of the bones. The vet surmised that the malnutrition Perry experienced before coming to MCAS was to blame. Maureen made sure little Petty continued to eat good quality food and was able to spend extra time outside to get the vitamin D her bones so desperately. Within a few weeks Perry's crooked legs started straightening out and she was getting back to normal.
As Perry continued to improve and became ready for adoption, Maureen realized there was yet another challenge. Perry was a black pit bull mix, a breed which has developed a bad reputation and can be very difficult to adopt out. Maureen worried a new home would not understand just how special this little girl was, but she refused to give up.
Finally, Perry received an online inquiry from a couple in Dallas. They already had one adopted pit bull mix and had fallen in love with Perry after seeing her picture on facebook. The more Maureen talked to the couple, the more she knew it was meant to be. One Sunday in late February, they drove all the way from Dallas to meet Perry and immediately made the adoption official.
Thanks to the determination of MCASociety and a loving foster home, little Perry is now named Zoe and living a happy life in her new home where she is very, very loved and appreciated for the special little girl she is. There are no signs of her rough beginning and Maureen gets updates regularly on how well she is doing.