Scott Larson is working to make the world a better place, one of LSI’s core values. This is the story of a unique experience he had while transporting one lucky rescue dog on its way to better health.
Animal shelters across the United States are bursting at the seams with puppies and dogs waiting to find a good home. Volunteers like LSI’s Scott Larson play a crucial role in helping them to find better situations.
As a dog owner himself, Scott has always had a soft spot for canines of all breeds. He and his wife Maggie are the proud owners of two rescue dogs (Lola and Phoebe) and have fostered a great number of other shelter animals. A few years ago, Scott decided to take his love for man’s best friend to the next level by volunteering as a transporter for local animal shelters and rescue organizations (including Homeward Bownd Siberian Husky Rescue in La Motte, Iowa and Fur Fun Rescue in Lisbon, Iowa). Using their own vehicles, fuel and time, volunteer transporters move dogs from kill shelters to animal rescues and foster homes where they can eventually be adopted. Scott has successfully transported more than 100 shelter dogs to reputable animal rescues since he first began volunteering.
Volunteer transporters sometimes have unique situations that pop up, and that was exactly the case for Scott one Friday morning in July of 2020. It was the very start of Scott’s work day at LSI when he received an urgent phone call from the team at Critter Crusaders of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, through his contacts at Fur Fun Rescue. They informed him that Ygritte, a fun loving, two-year old siberian husky (that he had actually transported to Homeward Bownd earlier in the year) was in critical condition and needed emergency transportation to a University of Wisconsin-Madison Veterinary Clinic. Ygritte suffers from an autoimmune respiratory condition and was experiencing extensive scabbing, peeling and fur loss on and around her back. Nobody in the area was available to transport Ygritte at the time, and they feared that the dog’s condition would be life threatening if left untreated.
After hearing about the situation, LSI immediately gave Scott the green light to proceed on the 2.5-hour emergency transport. With the ability to answer work-related calls on the go, Scott and Ygritte hit the road. “It was one of those situations that makes me realize just how thankful I am to have an employer like LSI,” says Larson. “If they weren’t so accommodating, I’m not sure what would have happened to Ygritte. She was in rough shape. And she’s not the only rescue dog who has benefited because LSI encourages its people to volunteer.”
After a stressful, uncomfortable trip in the truck, Ygritte finally arrived at UW-Madison Veterinary Clinic with Scott by her side. It turns out that she was suffering from a rare condition known as calcinosis cutis. Likely brought on by the high dose of prednisone she was prescribed to control her lung condition, calcium deposits had formed underneath her skin, causing it to fall off and become infected. Currently in the recovery process, Ygritte is being given antibiotics to fight off the infection and minimize her discomfort. She is eating, drinking and sleeping – and is slowly regaining her playful personality. Scott receives updates regarding Ygritte’s status on a regular basis.
“Ygritte is as sweet as can be, and it was tough to see her in such a delicate condition,” says Larson. “I’m happy to know that she is recovering and becoming herself again. It takes a true team to help these dogs. We all work together: the volunteers, the animal rescues, the foster homes and the veterinarians. Everyone plays a crucial role. I’m proud to say that LSI is just as much a part of the team as anyone.”