Health Editor’s Note: I have been following this animal rescue group, Mac’s Mission, for several years now. Rochelle Steffan and all of her grunts, foster families, helpers, etc. take in what would appear to be non-savable animals, often at death’s door, devoid of hair due to mange, skin and bones due to neglect, injured with broken bones, deep cuts, birth defects such as cleft palates and lips, spina bifidas, rescued dogs from puppy mills and hoarding situations and more. Many of these animals come very sick and without an obvious diagnosis as to why they are sick. They are taken to veterinarians, who often perform life-saving surgeries and give emergency medical care.
This group is not only a dog and cat rescue, but have also rescued/rehabilitated a dwarf miniature pony who was going to be sold at a horse killer’s auction for meat, chickens, and tortoises to name a few animal species who have been saved by this miracle working rescue. The focus of this rescue is to save the throw-aways, the neglected, the hurt, sick, the desperate, the lost, the ones that no one else would try to save. Mac’s Mission will spend days following an elusive dog who needs to be off of the streets or out of the fields. The animals receive care in foster homes and from there are adopted by families which are carefully chosen to be the best fit for the animal. This little puppy, with an extra tail on his forehead has really brought much attention to this rescue group due to the unusual appearance. With this attention should come much needed funds to continue to save the ones that no one else wants. Mac’s Mission jumps off of the cliff for these animals….Hat’s off to Mac’s Mission……Carol
Meet the ‘Unicorn Puppy’ With an Extra Tail on His Head
by Brigit Katz/Smithsonian.com
As the owner of a Missouri shelter for dogs with special needs, Rochelle Steffen has encountered her share of pooches who require unique care. Some have had birth defects—like spina bifida, and even an extra leg, she tells Today’s Scott Stump—and others have been injured or abused. But Steffen had never seen a dog quite like the puppy who came to her shelter, Mac’s Mission, last week.
Right between the pup’s sweet dark eyes is an extra appendage that looks very much like a second tail. Steffen named the little one Narwhal, after the whale that sports a protruding, tusk-like tooth, but the media has dubbed him the “unicorn puppy.” And he has quickly become a bonafide viral sensation.
Writing on its Facebook page, Mac’s Mission says that as news of Narwhal has spread, the group has received more than 300 applications for his adoption. One person offered to buy him for $7000. But Narwhal “is not for sale,” the group notes. “He will be adoptable at some point and we truly have zero idea how we are navigating the process yet.”
Mac’s Mission took Narwhal in after he was found wandering the Kansas City area. He’s around 10 weeks old, and might be a Dachshund-terrier mix, perhaps with some golden retriever genes too, Steffen tells Stump.
Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.
She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – one daughter-in-law; Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with her husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescues.