Click the album above to view pictures of their rescue. There are also before and after shots of the girls (scroll below) which I post as I receive them. For those not familiar with this case, background is here: http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/1197760
*** 8/09/09 UPDATE- The Heartworm Ward Pics & Mandy on Her Way Home!***
Mandy is finally on the road to meet her forever mom, Linda C. in Mass. She decided to adopt Mandy instead of fostering. Thanks, Linda! And, thanks to everyone who volunteered to drive Mandy and other doggies from death to their second chance at life. From all the atrocious stories of what humans do, knowing there were at least 40 people involved in helping get these innocent babies to safety this weekend gives me hope for humanity. THANK YOU ALL!
As for our seniors, Missy and Precious, they are recuperating well under Jackie's care in NC. After researching various boarding facilities both in NC and NY, I've come to a conclusion that the only option is fostering or adoption. In addition to the outrageous expense, there are no facilities adequate enough to care for their next 35 days of recuperation. Therefore, I'm adjusting the fundable target amount and deducting the boarding facility expense for their next treatment stage. Please continue to cross-post them for foster or adoption. Jackie was kind enough to write an info on the girls to help when it comes time to placing them. I will create a separate ad for them which I'll include on the next update. Following is Jackie's note and pics from her HW ward.
Sent: Saturday, August 8, 2009 9:40:23 AM Subject: Pictures of the Girls
Here are pictures of your girls. I have also included the heartworm ward...lol. Can you see their lamp and radio? They aren't coughing at all. Missy likes to tip over the food bowl...then drag it into her crate...lol. Precious actually picks it up and hides it behind her crate. She's the one next to the radio. Missy goes outside and pees immediately, but is much more picky about where she poops. Precious heads out, pees and poops, then wants to go back in the house. There's food in there! I'm glad you're sharing them with me. They're sweet dogs. I'm sure they'll appreciate anything you give them. I've given them little rawhide bones to keep them occupied.
Please continue to cross-post Missy and Precious for their next loving and forever home. They truly deserve a second chance. Thank you! <3
*** 8/02/09 UPDATE- Note from NC Foster *** While Mandy is still with Alisa in Cedar Farms awaiting transport to MA, Missy and Precious are with Jackie in Greensboro for their 35 day recuperation period for their first stage of heartworm treatment. Jackie is a rescuer and caring for 2 other HW+ rescue dogs. Her home is like a doggy hospital now. lol I've been asked since the last update requesting that the sisters remain together. Please note that I'm with you on this and have frequently mentioned that the sisters are NEVER to be separated. During treatment, they're both in the same home, same room, they're in large crates next to each other. They're both let out together and spend time together outside their crates for short walks. Here's a note from Jackie over the weekend:
Sent: Saturday, August 1, 2009 9:17:27 PM Subject: Re: Hi jackie!
They are soooooo sweet. They the least trouble.
When it's time to come out of the crate, first thing each one does in run to the water bowl. The medication makes them very thirsty. After that it's a trip to the outside and potty time. Missy and Precious both go outside immediately and potty. We head back in and there's half a bowl of water gone in an instant...lol. They are both eating very well, and seem to be adjusting to being in the crate. They are in HUGE crates (Mastiff size) so they can stretch out. Actually, Precious looks like a puppy in there...lol.
These are such wonderful dogs. Sweet, gentle. I'm so glad you stepped in and rescued them. They are quiet, cat friendly...actually ignore them, and warm loving dogs. It is my pleasure to help them get through this HW treatment. Thank you for sharing them with me.
(Thank you, Jackie for opening your home and heart for these precious angels. As the lady at the shelter said, "their lives are worth saving." Thanks for caring for them during this ordeal.)
*** 8/01/09 UPDATE- The good and bad news + after pics***
The Good News: Mandy has been fully vetted, spayed and all blood work results are clean. She now has a health certificate and awaiting transport to MA to be with her foster mom, Jennifer C. If you know any transporters departing from NC to MA (or close to MA) please let me know. Mandy's certificate is only good for 10 days (issue date: 8/27/09).
Sadly, both Missy and Precious tested positive for heartworm. For those unaware, this is a severe infestation of the heart by worms of from 6-12" in length which load the heart and cut off its ability to function. In severe cases, the worms migrate from the heart to other organs. If you Google heartworm pics, you will see how horrific this disease is. The treatment is long, risky and quite expensive; but, the risk of these nasty parasites killing them is even higher. These girls deserve a second chance to live a life they deserve so I agreed to have them treated. They began stage 1 (out of 3) of their treatment on Thursday, 7/30. After 35 days, stage 2 and 3 will be administered (about 4 days apart). It is extremely important that they are not active or excited during this 70 day period OR THEY WILL DIE! Luckily, Alisa of Cedar Farms found Jackie, an angel rescuer in NC who is also fostering 2 HW positive pups. Jackie was kind enough to agree to open her home and care for Missy and Precious for the first 35 days of treatment for a small donation to cover for dog food.
The Math: $495 (after site fees) was the final amount collected from the Fundable account created prior to rescue. Originally this was to raise funds for the rescue of 2 dogs and did not estimate any medical complications. On the 11th hour, we added sweet Mandy to the sponsorship. All 3 dogs were completely vetted, including blood work, not state required but necessary to protect all the animals in both Linda's and Jennifer's homes (fosters). Mandy's came out clean but she did require spay surgery to be transported. In addition, both seniors' skin were so badly neglected, they needed to be shaved down, medicated, and overnighted at the vet. The total vetting, boarding and care for all 3 dogs since the shelter came to $919.06. The heartworm treatment estimate, meds, and boarding for both dogs is $1,160 (if all 3 stages are done in NC). If second stage is in NY or anywhere in the northeast, it will be much higher (I was quoted by a NY vet, $700 per dog without the meds and boarding). I created another fundraising page with a goal of $1,335 (after Fundable site fee) to cover the cost of their HW treatment, meds, boarding, transport, and the rest of the cost of their initial vetting (minus my own personal donation of $350).
Please note that Fundable site does not collect from donors unless the target amount is met on the target date. If you are unable to donate, please help these girls by spreading the word. Please cross-post.
Click HERE to see the rest of their beautiful "after" shots.
Thank you all for caring and for all that you have done. It's not over yet but we would have been viciously killed a week ago had it not been for your help. THANK YOU!
Love, Missy, Precious and Mandy
*** 7/27/09 UPDATE ***
WE FOUND AN APPROVED MA REGISTERED RESCUE!! YAY!! )) Linda C. (foster), worked all day to help the 3 dogs get into her state. Thank you Linda! <3 One hurdle: MA requires that the dogs be quarantined for 48hrs. And, it needs to be an approved facility within MA. Unfortunately, she was not able to find one that is available. We will continue the search. We hope to get this settled tomorrow (Tuesday) so we can plan transport for Friday.
The seniors had their vet visit this morning. Mandy's will be tomorrow. I asked them to do the whole works some of which were not required for the certificate. These dogs are precious and I want to make sure they're healthy, comfortable and pain-free. The vet did not see any issues except for Precious, the Cocker's skin condition due to extreme matting. They needed to bathe and medicate her. I asked that they do the same for Missy (Chow) as well and asked that they give her a shave just like her sister.... to new beginnings! They're currently staying over-night at the vet. I hope they feel as if they were on a spa weekend-- clean, comfortable and totally relaxed. I'm hoping to get pictures of them tomorrow.
Mandy will be next. HW test results for our Golden Girls will be in tomorrow. Crossing paws xx
Please continue to cross-post the girls for forever loving homes. Please remember that the seniors can NOT be separated. Thank you. We're almost there!
*** 7/26/09 UPDATE ***
WE STILL NEED ADOPTERS, OR FOSTERS FROM OTHER STATES (OTHER THAN RI OR MA), OR A REGISTERED MASSACHUSETTS NO-KILL RESCUE (in the true sense of "No-Kill") TO ENSURE SAFETY OF THESE 3 DOGS!
Alisa was not able to email but she did phone me tonight to give an update. She said all 3 doggies did wonderfully today! She said it's amazing how they transformed completely after being out of the shelter for 24 hours. Still no problems with their cats or other doggies at the property. They are more alert now and all 3 get along with each other. She said, "it seems like they're comforting each other." She can't say enough how wonderfully sweet, docile and gentle these girls are. She can't ever imagine having any problems with any of these 3 dogs especially in her experience in rescue.
They love their crates-- especially the seniors. While Alisa sitting next to Missy (the Chow) in her crate, Missy reached out to try to touch Alisa's arm with her paw. Her heart melted. Precious (Cocker), now completely shaved down is doing wonderfully-- she no longer feels scared and awkward with the leash. Alisa said she was prancing on their walks today and that you can tell she's a happier dog. Mandy (Lab), she said is such "a great, great dog!" Though still missing her puppy, she started to show signs of her young age and was active today. The seniors didn't mind. Alisa said Mandy looks like a mix of Lab and perhaps Weirmeiriner, a beautiful dog and that she's got the cutest paws! Alisa and Tony will try to get them vetted tomorrow, if the vet can't take them, it'll be done on Tuesday.
Alisa echoes what the shelter worker said that these dogs are low-key, not a drop of alpha, very very gentle... and that their lives are worth saving. Thank you all for all that you have done. This rescue is not complete yet. We only have till Friday, 7/31/09 and plans need to be set before then. Please consider adopting or fostering, or help network them to find their forever or foster homes. They deserve a second chance.
*** 7/25/09 UPDATE ***
WE NEED ADOPTERS, OR FOSTERS FROM OTHER STATES (OTHER THAN RI OR MA), OR A REGISTERED MASSACHUSETTS NO-KILL RESCUE (in the true sense of "No-Kill") TO ENSURE SAFETY OF THESE 3 DOGS!
All 3 girls are "unbelievably sweet" according to the rescuer angel (Alisa) and her husband (Tony) of Cedar Farms who pulled them to safety and are caring for them at this time. Here's their site; please consider donating or crossposting their adoptables: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/cedarfarm.html
There are foster homes lined up in MA for the 2 senior dogs (together) with Linda C. (an approved labs4rescue foster) and Mandy with Jennifer C (Linda's daughter). These ladies are true angels who volunteered to open their hearts and homes. We planned for them to go to MA next week. I'm running into a HUGE hurdle as Massachusettes law is very strict. If you are a registered MA no-kill rescue org or know of one who can help and who will not separate the 2 senior sisters, please email me: email@example.com.
As for the elderly owner, I have left a message at the hospital today with my cell # and stated that his 2 dogs are safe and were rescued from death. I was promised the message will be delivered. I tried to speak with him but will no longer push it as the lady at the shelter risked her job by giving me his contact info. She is the only human being in that God-forsaken place and do not want to risk losing her from saving the others from being killed in such a barbaric way as the heart stick.
I don't know what to think-- as you can see from Alisa's update below, he may have loved his dogs but as far as I'm concerned, they were neglected! Perhaps he was just too old, sick and poor to care for them? We may never know. All I know and care for is the safety of these animals.
We have 2 angels who volunteered to transport-- Thank you Kathy C. and Greg F.
ON-SITE UPDATE FROM ALISA (rescue/puller):
Sent: Saturday, July 25, 2009 9:09:11 AM
quick update since I have to get back on the road shortly.
Had a nice trip home...the dogs did NOT make a peep. They were greeted at the farm by our three cats. No one has any problem with cats...YAY! They met Tony, we did a quick walk and water and got them settled in their new quarters for the night. Everyone slept well, didn't mess their crates (YAY!) and are next in the rotation for breakfast .....more later.
Sent: Saturday, July 25, 2009 5:59:41 PM
Hi Nadia , and nice to "meet you", Linda!
All three dogs are unbelievably sweet. They are all fine with cats as previously mentioned and have not acted the least bit obnoxious toward any of the other dogs. All three are separately quarantined here now and they all are doing fine together.
Poor Miss Mandy is MISSING HER BABY - of course, it was just taken from her yesterday, so that is understandable. She is searching and searching and wants to be very close right now. She will come right up and put her head down in your lap. I have a stuffed animal that I have put in her kennel with her and hope that will help. She should get less anxious with time. She seems in good health.
Precious, the black cocker, got shaved down today. The mats in her coat were horrific and no comb was going to get through them. Some of the mats had started twisting her skin. Tony carefully took all the mats off with his grooming razor and she stood as still as a statue...she knew that it was going to make her feel better. I will get some pics. Last night she really fought the leash but today she is much, much better. She will be pro by the time she gets to Mass. She went right in her crate after her afternoon walk.
Tony combed a serious bucket full of hair out of Missy the Chow's coat. She LOVED it! After all that hair was removed we realized how painfully skinny she is. She is a sweet, sweet, affectionate, obedient dog. She does much better than Precious on leash. I can't imagine having any trouble with her at all...as long as her health is ok.
We'd like to get them into the vet on Monday if possible. Tony will call them first thing and then, Nadia, he'll probably get you on the phone with them so we all know what is to be done.
Note to all: Although most in Care2 and the animal rights movement know me, there are many outside my networks who don't. I've been an animal activist for as long as I can remember Google my name: Nadia Donato and you'll see. I'm sure I'm on the terrorist watch. lol However, I'm not a rescuer. Hands-on rescue is all new to me. I appreciate that so many of you care. I truly do! If you can help in any way to secure safety of these dogs, please email me and I'll reply ASAP. Otherwise, I will continue to give updates on a regular basis. Please know that my utmost priority is the welfare and safety of these animals. Thank you all for your help.
For the sake of the animals......
Album:Elderly's 2 Seniors + Lab Rescue Pics
2 senior dogs (Chow & Cocker) were taken to the shelter by their owner on 7/14/09. He was elderly & going to the hospital, had no place for them to go. He cried like a baby when he handed them over. They risked death by heart stick. On 7/24/09, they were rescued to safety. A black lab mamma whose time was also up was rescued along with the 2 seniors at the last minute plea by an angel at the shelter.
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